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General Eligibility Guidelines

The following guidelines apply to all grant areas. Applicants should review these guidelines thoroughly to see if they are eligible to apply and if their proposal will be a strong candidate for funding. Additional information can be found in the FAQ.

Where
Individual applicants must be either residents or citizens of one of the following countries, and their proposed program must involve travel between one or more countries on the list. Organization and project applicants may apply for activities involving travel between one or more countries on the list.

Afghanistan Indonesia Pakistan
Bangladesh Japan Philippines
Bhutan Korea Singapore
Brunei Laos Sri Lanka
Cambodia Macau SAR Taiwan
China Malaysia Thailand
East Timor Mongolia Vietnam
Hong Kong SAR Myanmar United States
India Nepal  
     

Who
Professional artists, arts administrators, scholars, graduate/post-graduate students, and organizations working in the following fields:

Archaeology Crafts Literature (for travel to and
Architecture Curation from Japan only)
Art History Dance Museum Studies
Arts Administration Ethnomusicology Music
Arts Criticism Film/Video/Photography Theater
Conservation   Visual Art
     

What
ACC grant funds may be used for costs associated with travel and research only. Research is broadly defined as any activities in pursuit of creative or scholarly inquiry, and may take many different forms. The following examples of allowable expenses are not an exhaustive list and are intended as a general guideline only:

  • Allowable travel expenses may include international airfare, local transportation, visas, travel insurance, accommodations, and living expenses.
  • Allowable research expenses may include admission fees and tickets to cultural institutions and events; fees for classes or workshops; photocopying or supplies; and translator fees.*

For organizational and project grants, ACC supports only those costs associated with travel and research for the specific project participants named in the proposal.

*Please note that if your project requires the extensive use of paid translators, it is unlikely to be funded. Participants in the New York fellowship program must have English language proficiency.

Expenses and activities NOT supported by ACC funding:

  • activities conducted by individuals in their home countries
  • commercial and industrial design
  • commercial activity of any kind
  • production costs (including film, video, touring, etc.)
  • artist exhibitions and performance tours
  • publications
  • arts in education
  • undergraduate and secondary school study
  • tuition (ACC can help cover living and travel expenses for graduate/post-graduate students only)
  • organizational overhead
  • projects beginning before or after the funding period; the funding period is 18 months beginning June 1st of the year after the submission deadline

When
ACC holds one open application cycle per year.

September:   application opens
November:   application closes
December-March:   application review and interviews
May:   award decisions made by the ACC Board of Trustees
June:   award notification
     

The funding period begins on June 1st of the year after the submission deadline. Grant-funded travel must begin within 18 months of that date.

Please note that after notification, additional time is required to administer the grant agreement and process payment requests. While applicants are free to begin their projects as early as June 1st, it is advisable to plan for a later start if project planning cannot take place prior to securing funding, or if the money must be received before activities can begin.