Our Programs

General Eligibility Guidelines

The following guidelines apply to all grant areas. Within each fellowship and grant program, eligibility may be more restricted and may change from year to year. 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.

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

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

Archaeology Crafts Museum Studies
Architecture* Curation Music
Art History Dance Theater
Arts Administration Ethnomusicology Visual Art
Arts Criticism Film/Video/Photography  
Conservation Literature**  

*Architecture: for proposals that emphasize design, aesthetic theory, and/or aesthetic history only. Projects with an economic, social, scientific, or technological focus are not eligible.
**Literature: for proposals involving travel to/from Japan only.

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.

*Projects requiring the extensive use of paid translators are 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)
  • activities beginning before or after the funding period

ACC holds one open application cycle per year.

September 16, 2019  

application opens for individual applicants/
letter of inquiry opens for organizations

November 7, 2019  

deadline for applications from individuals/
deadline for letters of inquiry from organizations

November 21, 2019  

deadline for letters of recommendation (individual applicants)

December 9, 2019  

organizations invited to submit full applications

January 9, 2020  

deadline for applications from organizations

December 2019 - April 2020

application review period

May 2020  

award decisions made by ACC's Board of Trustees

June 2020  

award notification

June 1, 2020 - May 31, 2021  

funding period; fellowship and grant-related travel must begin in this period

The funding period begins on June 1st of the year after the submission deadline. Grant-funded travel must begin within 12 months of that date. At ACC's discretion, New York Fellowship Program participants may be offered a start date outside this funding period.

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.