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Summary

NCAF is committed to the study and promotion of Chinese contemporary art and provides financial support to selected projects and activities falling into the scope. We look forward to working with more artists, curators, scholars and art institutes to make more meaningful contribution to improve the environment of contemporary art.

一、 Scope of Funding

1. Non-profit contemporary art institutes, spaces and museums
2. Contemporary art practice (including commissions and residency programs, etc.)
3. Non-commercial contemporary art exhibitions and projects
4. Research, publication and writing projects as well as seminars, forums with a focus on contemporary art

二、Types of Grants

1. For entities and activities of Type 1 (non-profit contemporary art institutes, spaces and museums) and Type 2 (contemporary art practice), the foundation will send out a letter of invitation to those who we have an interest in supporting. Upon the invitation, a proposal should be completed and submitted within the given time.
2. For entities and activities of Type 3 (non-commercial contemporary art exhibitions and projects) and Type 4 (research, publication and writing projects as well as seminars, forums with a focus on contemporary art), the foundation will launch an open call. Detailed information is listed below.

三、How to apply

Please note that the application procedures listed below apply only to applicants of Type 3 (non-commercial contemporary art exhibitions and projects) and Type 4 (research, publication and writing projects as well as seminars, forums with a focus on contemporary art).
Application procedures:
• Before submitting a final proposal, the applicant needs to send a preliminary proposal to: info@ncartfoundation.org;
• An invitation will be sent to the applicant for the submission of a final proposal after the preliminary proposal is reviewed by the foundation. (The invitation will be sent out within three weeks upon receiving the preliminary proposal, and it should not be considered as a guarantee for grants from the foundation.);
The final decision will be made by the foundation after the final proposal is submitted and reviewed.

四、Timeline for Application

2019 Spring Session
Preliminary proposal: by December 30, 2018
Final proposal: by January 31, 2019
Announcement: March 2019

2019 Fall Session
Preliminary proposal: by April 30, 2019
Final proposal: by June 30, 2019
Announcement: September 2019

五、Required Materials

For contemporary art exhibitions and reasearch projects:

Preliminary proposal (no more than 2,000 Chinese characters) should include:
• Name and contact info (mobile number & email address) of the applicant
• Dates and venue of the project
• Introduction and statement of the project
• Participating artists and their works
• Total budget of the project and grant amount you apply for

Final proposal should include:
• Brief introduction of the project
• Schedule and timeline (the commencement and completion dates must be included)
• If publication is included, an outline of the content should be submitted.
• If applying for grants for academic activities (i.e. seminars, public education events or symposiums), a brief description is required.
• Introduction of the organizer, key members and staff members (including but not limited to the organizing institute, curators and artists)
• Targeted audience
• List of exhibits (sample pictures, titles, artists, year and media, etc.)
• Marketing and promotion plan
Detailed budget plan, including but not limited to: 1. Cost for research and survey; 2. Personnel cost (flights and accommodation, etc.); 3. Exhibition cost (insurance, packing, transportation, courier services and installation, etc.); 4. Publication cost (if applicable); 5. Education program cost (if applicable); and 6. Marketing and media cost

For publication programs:

Preliminary proposal should include:
Introduction of the publication (no more than 500 Chinese characters), outline of the content, completion dates for first draft and final draft and the grant amount you apply for

Final proposal should include:
Detailed introduction and table of contents (about 1,000 Chinese characters) and detailed budget plan.

If NCAF decides to fund the projects, the grant amount will be released in three installments:
Upon the signing of the agreement, 10% of the total grant amount will be paid as pre-research funds; after the submission of the research report, the completion of design and layout of the publication and the printing of a sample book, the foundation will pay another 30% of the grant; and when the publication is officially published, the remaining 60% of the grant will be paid.

Notes:
• Projects seeking for grants must be non-for-profit and related to contemporary art.
• Priorities will be given to institutes and individuals who have not received grants from NCAF.
• Institutes and individuals who have received grants from NCAF may not apply for NCAF grant within the same financial year.
• Application that does not include all the required materials by NCAF will not be considered.
As a recipient of funding by NCAF, you are obliged to mention the support of the New Century Art Foundation in relevant program booklets and advertising materials. To ensure there is enough time for the design and production of the program-related materials, we suggest that: non-profit art spaces submit their applications 5 to 6 months before the opening dates of the projects; and museums submit applications 12 months before the opening dates of the projects.