LETTER OF INQUIRY DEADLINE: DECEMBER 10, 2015
Academic Program Grants
The Terra Foundation for American Art actively supports projects that encourage international scholarship on American art topics, as well as scholarly projects with focused theses that further research of American art in an international context. Academic program funding is available for symposia, colloquia, and convenings that advance scholarship in the field of American art (circa 1500–1980) that take place:
The foundation only accepts proposals from institutions with United States 501(c)(3) status or the international equivalent. Academic Program Grants are not made to individuals.
These programs are intended for scholarly audiences. Public programs, travel grants, fellowship programs, research databases, programs designed for non-academic audiences, capital expenditures, and programs focused on architecture, conservation, or film are not eligible for funding through this category. For research travel grants to individuals, please visit our Research Travel Grants to the United States page.
If you have questions about our Academic Program Grants, please visit the Grant FAQs page or contact Grants Manager Amy Gunderson (email@example.com) or Program Director of Exhibition & Academic Grants Carrie Haslett (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The grant application process is three-part:
1. Before submitting a formal proposal to the Terra Foundation, prospective applicants must write a letter of inquiry (LOI).
2. After reviewing the letter of inquiry, the foundation may invite the submission of a formal proposal.
3. Formal grant proposals undergo a review process before final decisions are made by the foundation’s Board of Directors.
A letter of inquiry must precede any formal grant proposal to the Terra Foundation; formal proposals are accepted only by invitation of the foundation after review of the letter of inquiry. A prospective applicant can expect to hear from the foundation within three weeks of receipt of its letter. The letter should be no longer than three pages (including any attachments) and include:
All letters should be written in English, addressed to the grants manager, and sent by email to email@example.com. Additional printed copies of the letters may be sent to:
Terra Foundation for American Art
120 East Erie Street
Chicago, Illinois 60611
After a letter of inquiry is reviewed, prospective applicants may be invited to submit a formal proposal. Please note that an invitation for a formal proposal does not guarantee funding at any level. Formal proposals must be written or translated in English and should not be stapled or bound. All attachments should also be written or translated into English.