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Terra Foundation for American Art International Publication Grants

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofit and
Commercial Publishers to Fund Scholarly Manuscripts

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College Art Association (CAA) - Terra Foundation for American Art

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Deadline Date:

12/15/19 Reciept


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Grants of up to $15,000 to USA, Canada, and International nonprofit or commercial publishers to help produce or translate scholarly manuscripts addressing the subjects of American art history, visual studies, and related topics. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to applying. Funding is intended for manuscripts that are book-length and are under contract with a publisher.

Awards will be made in three distinct categories:

  • Grants to USA publishers for manuscripts considering American art in an international context
  • Grants to non-USA publishers for manuscripts on topics in American art
  • Grants for the translation of books on topics in American art to or from English.

Applications are judged in relation to the following: Manuscript excellence and adherence to guidelines is of utmost importance; support of the field and effective dissemination of scholarly works on American art are also primary considerations in making awards. Additionally, applications to the USA book grant will be judged in relation to the project’s international dimension.

Translation grants are open to applicants from all nations for translation of a book, published or unpublished, on a topic in American art to English, or from English to another language. For this grant, “American art” is defined as art (circa 1500–1980) of what is now the geographic United States. Applications can be submitted by the publisher or author/translator. All components (excluding the partial manuscript) must be submitted in English. 

Grants for Scholarly Monographs are for manuscripts on a topic in American art that presents American art in an international context. “International context” could be defined as a body of work by an American artist completed in another country, demonstrable influence of American artwork on non-US artists, or influence of international events or artists on the work of a US artist, among others. Applications must be submitted by the publisher; applications submitted by authors will not be accepted.

The grants are especially designed to cover image acquisition and translation costs, but may be used to cover any costs related to the publication's editing and production costs. Applications that propose enhancing the visual component of the study through the inclusion of color plates or an expanded component of black-and-white illustrations will be eligible for grants, as would exceptional design requirements (maps, line drawings, charts, and tables). Reimbursement for permission and reproduction rights as well as translation costs will also be appropriate.

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GrantWatch ID#: 173002

Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards of up to $15,000 will be made in three distinct categories.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are available to nonprofit or commercial publishers.

Eligibility is limited to book-length scholarly manuscripts in the history of American art, visual studies, and related subjects that are under contract with a nonprofit or commercial publisher. In particular circumstances involving non-USA publishers, projects being considered for publication may also apply. Self-published manuscripts are not eligible for this grant.

Manuscripts must adhere to the subject matter of the award for which they are applying. Applications must be submitted by the publisher for the USA and non-USA book grants; publishers and authors/translators can apply for the translation grant. Exhibition and collection catalogs, books on architecture (including urban design and landscape design), popular film or mainstream cinema, and catalogs raisonné are not eligible for an award.

Scholarly books in print or digital formats from commercial and nonprofit presses are eligible for an award.

A press can submit the same manuscript for other awards that CAA administers, but a book that wins one CAA publishing grant may not receive a second grant. A project that has been rejected for a grant may not be resubmitted to the same grant. Publishers are encouraged to submit no more than two books for consideration in any one grant period.

Pre-Application Information:

Before submitting a complete application by December 15, applicants to all three grants are required to submit a letter of intent (LOI) by September 15.

If the applicant’s letter of intent is deemed promising, the publisher or translator will be invited to send a full application. All application components, excluding the sample manuscript, must be submitted in English.

Applicants must log in with their CAA Member ID and password. If you are not a member of CAA, please email or call to get a non-member CAA account number.


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To Apply:

Cali Buckley, CAA Grants and Special Programs Manager

To receive a non-member account number email:
or call 212-691-1051 ext. 1

College Art Association of America
50 Broadway, 21st Floor
New York NY 10004

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