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: 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: May I submit my application proposal in Chinese only?
No, all applications must be submitted in both English and Chinese.
Q: What do you mean by “process not production?”
Because ACC’s mission is focused first and foremost 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 best practices. 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: 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 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 the 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.
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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.
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