FAQ


  1. What are the areas or fields funded by the Asian Cultural Council?
  2. What are some of the areas or fields not funded by the Asian Cultural Council?
  3. What are the ACC’s geographic areas of interest?
  4. What materials do individual grant applicants need to provide?
  5. What materials do applicants for a project or organization grant need to provide?
  6. Can individuals or organizations outside the U.S. or Asia apply for grant funding?
  7. What is the amount typically awarded for grants?
  8. What is the application schedule?
  9. Can grants cover academic costs?
  10. Which office should applicants refer to?
  11. May I submit my application in a language other than English?
  12. What types of organizations are eligible for grant funding?
  13. Where can information about participating in artist residency programs in the U.S. be obtained?


1. What are the areas or fields funded by the Asian Cultural Council?

  • Archaeology
  • Architecture (design, history and theory)
  • Art History
  • Arts Administration
  • Art Criticism
  • Conservation
  • Crafts
  • Curation
  • Dance
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Film/ Video
  • Museum Studies
  • Music
  • Photography
  • Theater
  • Visual Arts

2. What are some of the areas or fields not funded by the Asian Cultural Council?

  • activities conducted by individuals in their home countries
  • capital campaigns
  • commercial and industrial design
  • film and video production costs
  • general operating and administrative costs
  • individual artist exhibitions or performance tours
  • publications
  • undergraduate and secondary school study
  • youth training programs
  • commercial or for-profit entities
  • projects retroactively

3. What are the ACC’s geographic areas of interest?

Our geographic areas of interest are:

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

4. What materials do individual grant applicants need to provide?

A complete individual application should include:

  • An application form
  • A headshot and your CV or resume (Optional but recommended)
  • Recommendation letters from two referees
  • Work samples
  • Budget

5. What materials do applicants for a project or organization grant need to provide?

A complete organizational application should include:

  • An eligibility form and an application form
  • Proof of nonprofit status
  • Participant(s) bio(s) / resume(s)
  • Work samples
  • Project budget

6. Can individuals or organizations outside the U.S. or Asia apply for grant funding?

The Asian Cultural Council grants are open to citizens and permanent residents of the United States. In Asia, the Council’s grants are only open to citizens and permanent residents of the countries of Asia from Afghanistan eastward through Japan and Indonesia. Please note that the ACC cannot support individuals pursuing projects in their home countries. Also, please note that priority consideration is generally given to individuals who have not previously received funding support from the Asian Cultural Council.

7. What is the amount typically awarded for grants?

There is no specific amount given for individual fellowships or organizational projects. As grants vary in length of time, amounts vary accordingly. Grants to organizations generally do not exceed $10,000.

8. What is the application schedule?

  • Applications are available from early October to December 2, 2016 for grants in 2017.
  • The application deadline is December 2 1:00 p.m. Hong Kong time.
  • Application results will be released in late May or early June, 2017.
  • 9. Can grants cover academic costs?

    Please note that the Council is not able to provide support for full tuition costs. The Council supports living costs and international travel for students participating in graduate degree programs relating to the visual and performing arts. As a student you must apply for funding for each year of your study. The ACC does not award multiple-year grants. We are unable to fund secondary school or undergraduate study.

    10. Which office should applicants refer to?

    Applicants from Hong Kong, China, Macau, Japan, Taiwan, or the Philippines should refer to our Hong Kong, Tokyo, Taipei, and Manila field offices respectively for inquiries on application and fellowships:
    Applicants from Hong Kong, China, or Macau, please visit ACC Hong Kong’s website.
    Applicants from Japan, please visit ACC Japan’s website.
    Applicants from Taiwan, please visit ACC Taiwan’s website.
    Applicants from the Philippines, please email accphilippines@gmail.com. Applicants from other regions should apply through the ACC office in New York. Please visit the ACC New York website for more details.

    11. May I submit my application in a language other than English?

    No. All applications must be submitted in English.

    12. What types of organizations are eligible for grant funding?

    Since the program resources of the Asian Cultural Council are focused on fellowship awards to individuals, the Council’s grants for organizations are usually modest in size and are generally awarded to support the participation of individual artists, scholars, and specialists from the United States or from Asia in project activities administered by the applicant organization.

    All organizations requesting grant support from the ACC must have U.S. 501(c)3 or similar non-profit status, such as registration as a non-governmental organization (NGO).

    Please note that commercial or for-profit entities are not eligible to apply.

    If an organization does not have non-profit status, fiscal sponsorship is required. U.S. 501(c)3 public charity or international equivalent must sponsor the project. If applicable, a signed letter of agreement with the fiscal sponsor will be necessary in order to be eligible for ACC support.

    13. Where can information about participating in artist residency programs in the U.S. be obtained?

    Applicants interested in participating in an artists’ residency program as part of their fellowship program should explore different options online and list up to three residency programs in order of preference in their applications. The following link from the Alliance of Artists Communities’ website may be useful in helping find appropriate residency programs.