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If I received funding in the past, am I still eligible to apply?

Yes, you may apply again but with different projects/collaborations. Preference will be given to organizations that have not received funding in the past.

If my organization has applied as part of a consortium in the past and we received funding are we still eligible to apply for funding in this round?

Yes, but see the answer above.

We have applied in the past, but we were turned down. Should we still apply?

Each year the applicant pool is different. If you have an excellent exchange opportunity and you meet the eligibility criteria, please apply.

Will proposals to support existing international exchanges be considered?

The primary goal of the International Connections Fund is to establish or expand new exchanges and collaborations with Chicago-based groups. That said, we will consider those proposals that might significantly improve or advance an existing collaboration.

What is the funding period? Does all the funding have to be used within 1 year of grant disbursement?

The exchange must begin within 1 year of grant disbursement. We recognize that reciprocal exchanges may require up to 2 years to complete. As part of the grant’s requirements, we ask for a report each year after the grant is awarded to understand how the funds were used and the progress of the international exchange and collaboration. The number of years of reporting will be decided on a grant-by-grant basis.

Are there preferred countries in terms of the exchange?

Applications that make connections to any country will be considered. However, if you are planning an exchange that involves travel to Cuba, we ask that you have in hand at the time of application all the required documentation (including licenses).

Are US territories included in the international definition?


Can the funds be used to bring collaborators from around the world to support a Chicago organization’s international project?

Yes, if the collaborators are brought to Chicago to accomplish the work OR the collaborators work with a Chicago-based group in an international location.

Can the funds be used to support travel of international performance groups across the US, including Chicago?

No, the grant is intended to promote a true exchange between Chicago groups and their international counterparts rather than a presentation of work by an international group. That said, a grant may support the Chicago portion of a larger, collaborative initiative that may include other cities.

What kind of documentation will you need from my partner organization(s)?

In the application we ask for a brief background statement on the history and qualifications of your partnering organization(s). We do not need a budget from your partner organization.

What types of due diligence material (i.e. IRS Determination Letter, audit, etc) will I need to include in the application?

Because we are only taking applications from organizations that already receive grants from MacArthur either directly or through Prince or Driehaus, we will not need to collect any additional material beyond your organizational budget and your project budget.

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