To encourage and enrich international partnerships between art museums and to deepen research and dialogue, for the next two years the foundation offers US Curatorial Travel Grants for Travel outside the United States. An institution may apply for a travel grant even if it has applied (or plans to apply) separately for general exhibition support for the same project. Proposals for travel 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: 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).
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. Travel must take place within 12 months from the time of award.
NOTE: Though there are multiple deadlines for US Curatorial Travel Grants for Travel outside the United States 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. US Curatorial Travel Grants for Travel outside the United States are not made to individuals.
- Grants allow US curators to travel internationally to work on exhibitions about any aspect of historical American art (except architecture, conservation, or film) that have a strong probability of being realized. Specifically, grants may be used to seek curatorial and/or institutional partners and venues; conduct research in public and private art collections, archives, and libraries; and meet with specialists based outside the United States.
- Only curators permanently employed by a museum within the United States will be considered at this time.
- In rare instances, the foundation will consider supporting curatorial research travel for two co-curators from two separate institutions; however, the foundation will not consider support for multiple curators from the same institution for the same project.
- Applicant must detail the exhibition idea(s) to be researched, resources to be consulted outside the United States, and the use of any funding. Preference will be given to exhibition ideas with innovative approaches that will result in new scholarship and to a clear and well-researched itinerary that includes meeting specialists. Applicant must make contact with institutions and individuals to be visited as part of the grant in advance of application submission.
- Foundation staff and external reviewers will be asked to suggest additional, relevant resources of which the applicant may be unaware; if awarded a grant, the applicant would be encouraged, and in some cases required, to pursue such suggestions.
- Research travel must take place in time to have an impact on exhibition development, and within one year of award notification.
- Travel may not take place prior to notification of a grant award, and all grant-related purchases must be made during the grant period.
- Organizations may not apply a second time for a curatorial travel grant for the same exhibition project, but are welcome to apply for convening or exhibition support.
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:
A PDF version of the application form for reference is available here.
If you have questions about our US Curatorial Travel Grants for Travel outside the United States, please visit the Grant FAQs page or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Program Director of Exhibition & Academic Grants Carrie Haslett (email@example.com).
Information about Funding
- Grants range from $3,000 to $7,000 each. Grants range from $3,000 to $7,000 each, with $7,000 grants being reserved for exceptionally distant travel. Typically, travel grants average around $4,000 to $5,000.
- Funding is available for travel, lodging, meals, and research fees and expenses. (Because lodging costs vary greatly by city, it is advisable to research local costs in preparing a budget.)