Convening Grants for Internationally Collaborative Exhibitions

To encourage and enrich international partnerships between art museums and to deepen research and dialogue, for the next two years the foundation offers Convening Grants for Internationally Collaborative Exhibitions. An institution may apply for a convening grant even if it has applied (or plans to apply) separately for general exhibition support for the same project. Proposals for convening grants and general exhibition support are each considered on their own merits; grant approval in one program does not guarantee grant approval in the other.

Note: While the Terra Foundation for American Art welcomes recurring requests, organizations that have submitted multiple applications should note that the foundation also attempts to fund programs at a variety of organizations. Due to the competitive nature of this program area, not every request can be funded, regardless of prior support.


Proposals will be accepted on September 15, 2021, and February 1, 2022. Applicants will be notified of award decisions within 8 weeks following application deadlines. Convenings must take place within 12 months from the time of award.

NOTE: Though there are multiple deadlines for Convening Grants for Internationally Collaborative Exhibitions per fiscal year (July 1– June 30), grants will be awarded only while funds last; therefore institutions are advised to apply as early as possible within a given year (with September being the first deadline in each annual cycle).

Eligibility & Application Information

The foundation only accepts proposals from institutions with United States 501(c)(3) status or the international equivalent. Convening Grants for Internationally Collaborative Exhibitions are not made to individuals.

  • Grants are for pre-exhibition convenings and available only when the exhibition topic (which may be about any aspect of historical American art except architecture, conservation, or film) and the organizing and presenting institutions have been identified and confirmed (and must represent at least two countries).
  • The grants allow for an international team of at least four people (curators, professors, or advising scholars) to convene in person. Objectives must relate to: the refinement of ideas for an exhibition and its catalogue; and also possibly development of programming related to the exhibition; participants should seek ways to bring new perspectives and innovative thinking to their topic that result in new scholarship, and address how to make the exhibition more meaningful for international audiences. Convenings should not be primarily for logistical planning, exhibition design, or archival/collection research.
  • The team must include at least one individual from each of the organizing and presenting institutions; it is a preference that at least one third of the participants come from outside the United States, and inclusion of new voices on the exhibition’s subject is encouraged.
  • The convening may be one meeting or a series of meetings and must take place with enough lead time to allow emergent ideas from the convening to substantially shape the exhibition and catalogue (typically at least 18 months before the opening of the exhibition at its first venue).

The Terra Foundation for American Art has moved its grant making to an online system. With the new system, grant seekers will benefit from a streamlined application process. Review the FAQ for additional information on the online application process. To complete the online application, please visit the following link:

Apply for Convening Grants for Internationally Collaborative Exhibitions

A PDF version of the application form for reference is available here.

If you have questions about our Convening Grants for Internationally Collaborative Exhibitions, please visit the Grant FAQs page or contact or Program Director of Exhibition & Academic Grants Carrie Haslett (

Information about Funding

  • Grants range from $10,000 to $25,000 each.
  • Funding is available for travel, lodging, and meals; facility/equipment rental; modest honoraria for participants not affiliated with the organizing/presenting institutions; and indirect costs (with amount capped at 15% of a grant).