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Organization and Project Grant

Grants to USA and International Nonprofits and Artist Groups for
International Travel to Promote Cultural Exchange and Understanding

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Asian Cultural Council (ACC)

LOI Date:

11/07/19

Deadline Date:

01/09/20

Description:

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Grants to USA and International nonprofit organizations and groups of artists for international travel related expenses. Interested applicants are required to submit a letter of inquiry prior to the full proposal. Funding is intended to support costs such as airfare, visas, and living expenses incurred for the purpose of furthering international cultural exchange and understanding between organizations and art specialists in the US and Asian countries.

Organization and project applicants may apply for activities involving travel between one or more of the following countries or regions: 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, and Nepal. However, priority consideration will be given to proposals for travel to or from China, Hong Kong SAR, Japan, Macau SAR, the Philippines, Taiwan, or the United States.  

Organization and Project Grant is for organizations that are facilitating a cultural exchange opportunity for individual project participants, or for collaborations involving three or more individuals, Asia-to-U.S., U.S.-to-Asia, or intra-Asia. 

The Asian Cultural Council's first priority is to support activities that involve cultural immersion; meaningful cross-cultural engagement; and relationship building, collaboration, or exchange of best practices among peers. Therefore, most of the proposals that receive funding are focused on process rather than production. 

 Organizations: ACC funding may only be used for the participation of specific individuals in a given project, and awards are made on the assessment of their work; the benefit they will gain from participating in the project; and the importance of their participation to larger goals of cultural exchange. The amount requested should only include expenses directly related to individual project participants.

 Projects: As with organization grants, the proposal should make a case for the participation of each individual for whom funding is sought, and the application will be reviewed on the merits of each individual project participant.

 ACC supports only those costs associated with travel and research for the specific project participants named in the proposal. Allowable travel expenses may include (but are not limited to) international airfare, local transportation, visas, travel insurance, per diem, accommodations, and living expenses.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 161987

Term of Contract:

Funding period: June 1, 2020 - May 31, 2021.

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.

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.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Letters of inquiry will be accepted from all eligible countries/regions. (See Description above for a list of eligible areas.) Priority consideration will be given to proposals for travel to or from China, Hong Kong SAR, Japan, Macau SAR, the Philippines, Taiwan, or the United States.

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

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.

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.

Organizations: The majority of ACC’s funding is awarded directly to individuals, but organizations that are facilitating a cultural exchange opportunity for individual project participants may apply on their behalf. Artist-led projects involving collaboration between three or more individuals are also considered in this category. All applicants must have either official non-profit status or a fiscal sponsor with official non-profit status.

Projects: Any application seeking funding for three or more individuals will be reviewed as an organization grant. Only requests from registered non-profits or from individuals with fiscal sponsorship will be considered.

ACC is unable to provide funding for artist fees or production expenses. Administrative overhead may be included, but should make up no more than 20% of the request.

Most of the proposals that receive funding are focused on process rather than production. Proposals for touring, performance, exhibition, or any activity focused on the production of work or audience-driven outcomes are not a priority and will only be considered where there is an exceptional contribution to furthering international understanding.

For a list of expenses and activities not supported by ACC funding, see the Eligibility Guidelines listed in Pre-Application Information below.

Pre-Application Information:

Letters of inquiry must be submitted online by 11:59pm (Eastern Standard Time) on November 7, 2019. A small number of applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal, due January 9, 2020.

Timeline:

- 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

Organization grants: ACC funding may only be used for the participation of specific individuals in a given project. When completing the application, the focus should be on the specific project participants. Applications that do not name individual project participants and include their biographies and work samples will not be considered.

Project grants: Any application seeking funding for three or more individuals will be reviewed as an organization grant, and must be submitted using the organization application form. As with organization grants, the proposal should make a case for the participation of each individual for whom funding is sought, and the application will be reviewed on the merits of each individual project participant.

ACC will provide J-1 visa sponsorship for participating artists as needed. On request, staff can also offer additional programmatic advice and make introductions to relevant contacts in the field.

For information about ACC grantmaking: https://www.asianculturalcouncil.org/our-programs

Grant Categories: https://www.asianculturalcouncil.org/our-programs/grant-categories

Eligibility: https://www.asianculturalcouncil.org/our-programs/general-eligibility-guidelines

How to Apply:https://www.asianculturalcouncil.org/our-programs/how-to-apply

FAQs: https://www.asianculturalcouncil.org/our-programs/faq

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To apply online: http://apply.asianculturalcouncil.org/

Please direct questions to the appropriate office listed on the Contact Us page at https://www.asianculturalcouncil.org/our-programs/contact-us.

ACC office in New York: application@accny.org

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.