Q1: Can I apply for projects to work in Scotland, Ireland and Wales?

Q2: What does 'early stage development' mean? Does it refer to an artist being at an early stage in their career or a project being at an early stage?

Q3: Is buying equipment eligible as an element of the project, although this cannot be the sole reason for the application (as with Grants for the arts)?

Q4: Can you explain further the rules around awarded funds having to be spent within the financial year?

Q5: Why can I not reapply within the same financial year?

Q6: Can I apply to attend an international festival or conference for research and networking purposes?

Q7: Can artistic directors of National portfolio organisations apply for their own professional development, not directly related to a project at the National portfolio organisation although it would inevitably benefit it?

Q8: Am I eligible to apply for 100% of my project costs? Would my application be marked down?

Q9: Can I include match funding from a Grants for the arts application?

Q10: Can I apply to this fund as part of a stage in a larger project?

Q11:  What information should I include about how the award will support my artistic development?

Q12:  I want funding to undertake a residency, is this eligible?

Q13: Do you prioritise applications for projects which take place in any particular countries?

Q14: Can I apply to the fund to bring artists to England?

Q15: Do I need to contact the British Council office in the country/countries in which my project will take place?

Q1: Can I apply for projects to work in Scotland, Ireland and Wales?

A: No. This fund is to enable artists to undertake projects outside the UK.

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Q2: What does 'early stage development' mean? Does it refer to an artist being at an early stage in their career or a project being at an early stage?

A: It refers to the early stages of an artist working internationally. An artist's career will need to be reasonably well established in England in order to benefit from working in an international context through this fund. The fund is not intended for artists who have extensive international experience.

Projects need to be developed with an international host/collaborator in place at the time of application but they should not have started. We cannot give retrospective funding.

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Q3: Is buying equipment eligible as an element of the project, although this cannot be the sole reason for the application (as with Grants for the arts)?

A: Yes, but you will need to tell us why this equipment is specifically required to undertake this project.  Equipment you would normally have to carry out your practice is not eligible.

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Q4: Can you explain further the rules around awarded funds having to be spent within the financial year?

A: Projects awarded in November need to have taken place by 31 March 2013. As part of your application we ask that you submit a timeline of your project.

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Q5: Why can I not reapply within the same financial year?

A: We have limited resources to administer the fund and are only able to assess one application per applicant in any given financial year. We expect the fund to be competitive and want to make sure more artists benefit from it, rather than a small number of artists receiving more than one grant.

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Q6: Can I apply to attend an international festival or conference for research and networking purposes?

A: No. Attending an international festival or conference can be part of your activity in another country but this is not a project in itself. You will need to describe what you are aiming to achieve through undertaking specific research or building a more particular network and how attending an international festival or conference will contribute to it.

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Q7: Can artistic directors of National portfolio organisations apply for their own professional development, not directly related to a project at the National portfolio organisation although it would inevitably benefit it?

A: No, unless it is part of a career break.

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Q8: Am I eligible to apply for 100% of my project costs? Would my application be marked down?

A: You can apply for 100 per cent of your project costs but we will take into account what attempts you have made to raise additional support/income. If your partner is providing additional support, either in cash or in-kind, you should detail the amount and what it is for in your application.

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Q9: Can I include match funding from a Grants for the arts application?

A: Although you can apply to both the Artists' international development fund and Grants for the arts at the same time, these cannot be used as match funding for each other or to cover a shortfall in your total project costs.

If you are applying to both programmes for two different but related phases of a project, please reference this in your applications.  Please ensure that neither of these phases are critically interdependent on each other - both Grants for the arts and Artists' international development fund are highly competitive and there is no guarantee of success.  

If either phase cannot be undertaken without the other, it is unlikely to meet either the viability criterion of Artists' international development fund or the management criterion of Grants for the arts.

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Q10: Can I apply to this fund as part of a stage in a larger project?

A:  Projects need to be developed with an international host/collaborator in place at the time of application but they should not have started. We cannot give retrospective funding.  This fund is not designed to support projects which are primarily about the production of commissioned work.

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Q11:  What information should I include about how the award will support my artistic development?

We want to know how you think the place, the people you want to work with and the activity you propose will connect with and develop your work.  For example, you might describe briefly how your work relates to your chosen collaborator's and what you want to explore together, or the importance of the location or networks to developing a future market for your work, or how the relationships you develop will enhance your profile internationally.

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Q12:  I want funding to undertake a residency, is this eligible?

A:  This fund is to enable artists to develop international contacts and networks and to collaborate internationally with specific partners.  This fund is not intended to support residencies that are offered by organisations whose prime purpose is running residencies.   

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Q13: Do you prioritise applications for projects which take place in any particular countries?

A: No. We want to respond to the artists' freedom to roam and so will assess applications against the published criteria.

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Q14: Can I apply to the fund to bring artists to England?

A: Applications must include a minimum of one visit abroad, by an artist based in England. Applications may also include return visits either abroad or from an international artist/group of artists to England.

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Q15: Do I need to contact the British Council office in the country/countries in which my project will take place?

A: We will be asking for comments on each application from the British Council in¬-country arts teams. As there may not be a British Council office in the country in which your activity is planned, you do not need to obtain their support as part of your application but if relevant you may wish to make prior contact.

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