Q: I come from one of the countries listed in the general eligibility guidelines, but none of ACC's fellowship and grant programs are open to me in this application cycle. Is ACC still supporting exchange with my country?
Yes. ACC is a multi-year process of program evaluation and strategic planning. During this period, we have continued to work across all regions through partnerships with organizations.
Q: I have received ACC funding in the past. Am I eligible to reapply?
Past grant recipients are eligible to apply again, and ACC is especially interested in helping alumni strengthen and extend their international networks. Alumni may apply in any grant category, with the following exceptions:
- Past recipients of a New York-based fellowship are not eligible to apply for the New York Fellowship Program.
- Alumni who have received a large grant (e.g. a full six-month fellowship) in the past are not likely to be competitive for another grant of similar size.
Q: I was born/hold citizenship in one of the eligible countries, but I now live in a different eligible country. May I apply for a grant to travel to my country of birth or my passport country?
Yes, individuals may receive funding to return to a country where they were born or have previously lived. However, in order to be competitive, the project must still contribute to advancing greater cultural understanding.
Q: I am a citizen of one of the eligible countries but I currently live in a non-eligible country. May I apply for a grant?
ACC will consider proposals from any applicant who meets the criteria of being EITHER a citizen OR a resident of an eligible country. However, these applications will only be competitive if they further understanding between the U.S. and Asia, or between countries in Asia, regardless of where the applicant resides. If the applicant primarily works outside of Asia and the U.S., there is a good chance these criteria will not be met.
Q: I have lived in the U.S. for many years and my artist practice is based here, but I am not a citizen or a permanent resident. Am I eligible to apply?
Yes. While many of our U.S.-based applicants are American citizens or permanent residents, ACC does not require a specific immigration/visa status. To be considered as a U.S.-based applicant, the U.S. must be your country of primary residence when you apply, and you must be living here legally. Additionally, the majority of U.S. grant recipients meet the following criteria: (1) the U.S. has been their country of primary residence for at least one year prior to applying; (2) they are able to support themselves and earn a livelihood in the U.S. (they are authorized to work here), or they are enrolled in a graduate program; and (3) they plan for the U.S. to continue to be their country of primary residence after completing their grant.
Q: I am American but my family background is Asian. Can I apply for a grant to reconnect with my cultural roots?
In and of itself, this would not make a strong proposal, but it is not disqualifying if other criteria are met.
Q: Am I considered a “professional” artist if I don’t make my living from my art?
To be considered a professional artist, you must show evidence of sustained commitment to your practice, whether or not you are able to support yourself from your art.
Q: Are early-career or established applicants more likely to receive funding?
ACC does not privilege either early-career or established applicants. Most importantly, an ACC grant is not an award for previous work, and a candidate who has achieved renown will not be competitive if his or her proposal does not meet ACC’s criteria for cultural engagement and impact. However, a recent graduate who has produced little work is also not likely to be competitive. Past grant recipients range in age from their 20s to their 80s, and there are no age restrictions.
Q: What do you mean by “process not production?”
Because ACC’s mission is focused on cultural exchange, grants are primarily made to support travel that results in cultural immersion; meaningful engagement; significant contributions to greater cross-cultural understanding; and peer-to-peer dialogue, relationship-building, or exchange of knowledge. ACC does not support touring, performance, exhibition, or other types of travel focused on the production of work or audience-driven outcomes. This does not mean that you cannot have an end-goal of creating or showing new work. However, successful proposals will show a strong commitment to engaging in a process of discovery.
Q: I have been accepted to a studio residency program and need funding to participate. Is this eligible?
Because studio residencies are often focused on the creation of new work and may not provide opportunities for engagement outside the studio, these types of proposals tend to be less competitive, though they are not ineligible.
Q: Is there a limit on how many countries I can visit?
There is no limit on the number of countries you may visit on your grant, but because cultural immersion and deep engagement are priorities, proposals for short trips to a number of different countries may be less competitive. A strong case should be made for why it is necessary to visit each country to carry out the proposed project.
Q: My schedule won't allow me to travel for an extended period of time, so I would like to make multiple trips instead. Is this allowed?
Multiple trips are not allowed except in very rare circumstances and with prior written approval from ACC. This policy is related to the priority we place on long-term, immersive exchange, and so that our funds can be used to support more individuals rather than multiple international airfares. If you believe your proposal warrants an exception, please contact us by email to explain the circumstances before submitting an application.
Q: I am planning to begin my project as soon as the funding period begins. If my application is successful, how soon will the grant be paid?
After grant 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 1, 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.
Q: My project involves collaboration with other artists. Should I apply for a project grant or as an individual?
The individual application form should be used for proposals requesting support for one or two individuals. If funding is sought for more than two individuals, the application will be reviewed as a project grant in the Organization and Project Grant category. Nonprofit status or fiscal sponsorship is required for this category.
Q: What is the average grant award or the range of funding available?
There is no fixed range for individual grants. Because some destination countries are more expensive than others, and grants vary greatly in the duration of travel supported, amounts also vary accordingly.
Q: Will ACC support 100% of a project budget?
For the New York Fellowship Program, a standard budget calculation is used that is intended to cover all expenses. For other grants, ACC generally tries to commit enough funding that a project can take place, though grant awards may be lower than the amount requested. Apart from the New York Fellowship Program, candidates applying for travel longer than 4 months are advised to seek additional sources of support.
Q: If I request a smaller amount of funding, am I more likely to get a grant?
If the submitted budget is too small for the scope of the project described, it might appear that you have not done enough research and are not qualified to carry out the project. Your budget should be a realistic estimate of the project costs based on research and your best judgement. If your application is successful, ACC staff may advise you on the final budget or apply standard formulas.
Q: My question hasn’t been answered here. How can I contact ACC with specific questions about the application or my proposal?
Contact information for ACC’s five offices can be found on the contact page.