Frequently Asked Questions

Can more than one artist apply per application?
Certainly! You should include a résumé (or bio) and work samples for each person planning to travel in connection with the project. Work samples should reflect the work of all applicants in the group. (Back to Top)


Can I apply to work in more than one country or with more than one organization?
Absolutely. Although only one letter of invitation is required, collaborations with more than one partner are welcome. (Back to Top)


Are faculty members at colleges and universities eligible to apply?
Yes; however, projects focusing solely on academic research projects are not eligible for funding. (Back to Top)


Can an applicant submit more than one ArtsLink Projects application per year?
No. (Back to Top)


For groups, is it better for an individual (a group representative) or an organization to be listed on the application?
As long as résumés (or bios) are included for each person traveling, either option is available to you. Keep in mind that, unless other arrangements are made, the person or organization receiving the award will incur the tax burden for any funds received. (Back to Top)


How will my application be evaluated?
Applications are reviewed by an independent panel of artists, curators and arts administrators from across the United States including people who have experience working in the eligible region. Composition of the panel changes every year. The selection panel meets 8-10 weeks after the application deadline. Written material is sent to the panelists one month before the meeting. All work samples are reviewed during the 2-3 day meeting. Applications are evaluated according to the review criteria in the guidelines. (Back to Top)


How much of my work sample will be seen or heard by the panel?
Generally, panelists spend three to five minutes reviewing each work sample. Since many applications are reviewed in a short period of time, it is important to choose your work samples carefully. Video clips should be limited to the most relevant segments, and/or specific time cues should be provided in your work sample descriptions. (Back to Top)


What information should I send about my international colleague?
You must send a resume or organizational description. You should also send a work sample, in the case of an individual artist, or, in the case of organizations, catalogues or brochures. (Back to Top)


What if I don’t have a letter of invitation?
Applications that do not include a letter of invitation are ineligible. If your international partner has mailed the letter but it hasn’t arrived by the application deadline, it may be submitted separately after the deadline. Please contact ArtsLink staff to find out the last possible date for submitting additional material. (Back to Top)


Can you help me find an international host?
CEC ArtsLink is not responsible for finding partners for ArtsLink Projects applicants, though in some cases, our contacts in the region may be useful to a certain project’s needs. Please feel free to browse previous ArtsLink Independent Projects awardees or our Regional Resources page for ideas (Back to Top)


What project costs can be funded by an ArtsLink Projects grant?
Project costs can include, but are not limited to, international travel of US citizens originating in the US, travel within the host country, visa fees, lodging, meals, project supplies, and modest presentation venues, event publicity, administrative support and artist fees. ArtsLink Projects awards are not intended to be used for institutional support. This award cannot fund international travel of non-US citizens or travel originating oversees to the US. For these expenses, consider applying for an Independent Projects award.

Please do not include items in your budget for elements of your project that are not relevant to the ArtsLink Projects grant (i.e. post-production, international travel for foreign collaborators, project expenses for work that has already been completed). This creates unnecessary confusion during the review process. (Back to Top)


Can artist fees be included in the budget?
Yes, however panels tend to look favorably on projects that include artist fees not more than 10% of the total project budget. (Back to Top)


What does “in-kind support” mean?
In-kind support refers to goods or services that have been donated. Please indicate estimated value of in-kind support (e.g. housing, venue, equipment, artist fees, staff time) in your budget. (Back to Top)


How specific should I be in the budget describing other sources of income?
The name of each grant or in-kind donation should be specifically listed along with an estimated or exact value for each entry. If the funds have been confirmed or already received, that item should be noted with an asterisk (*). (Back to Top)


What if I have applied for other grants but have not received confirmation by the ArtsLink application deadline?
This information can sometimes determine whether a grant is awarded, so please contact ArtsLink staff as soon as you receive confirmation of a grant you have listed on your application. If the panel has not yet convened, this information will be updated on your application. (Back to Top)


Is it important to have other sources of funding listed in the project budget?
This often depends upon the size and scope of the project. All project expenses should be accounted for in your budget with an equal allocation of projected funding (i.e. your amount requested plus other resources should equal project expenses). (Back to Top)


When and how will I be notified of the panel’s decision?
Written notification will be sent to applicants by the end of March. (Back to Top)