Applications are accepted online only.

The link to apply will be accessible beginning on January 1, 2020.

1. Who can apply for funding through LIAEP?

The program seeks applications from dedicated artists who create work of exceptional quality and whose work and career is at a level to benefit from international exchange with peers. We hope to enrich creative development, expand access to the art of other cultures and deepen mutual understanding across cultures.

2. What kinds of projects do you fund?

LIAEP seeks applications from serious, dedicated artists who create work of exceptional quality. Project proposals will be considered on a per applicant basis, but priority is given to those who are traveling to established residencies; independent studies will be considered as long as proposals adhere to the goals of LIAEP to support meaningful dialogues among peers.

3.  Do you only accept proposals from visual artists?

LIAEP supports travel by serious visual artists and occasionally individual performance and dance artists. We regret that we are unable to support performance groups; travel must be an individual undertaking. 

4.  What priorities are considered when reviewing applications?

The program is especially interested in funding dedicated artists who have not yet worked in a foreign country and in funding travel and residencies to countries that are less Westernized. Artists from Kansas City and the Central Plains/Midwest region receive first priority for funding.

5.  What costs associated with international exchange do you support?

The grant program supports most direct costs associated with proposed travel and residency related expenses. These costs include, but are not limited to:

  • airfare

  • transportation

  • meals

  • artist supplies

  • residency costs

  • living expenses

6.  What will LIAEP NOT provide funding for?

  • reimbursement for prior travel

  • student travel

  • shipping of art

  • equipment purchases

  • exhibition costs

7.  What is the maximum dollar amount an applicant can request?

LIAEP award requests are limited to a maximum of $6,000 US currency per applicant.

8.  How far in advance do I need to have my travel planned?

Travel and residency must occur within the timeframe of March 1, 2020 and February 28, 2021. 

9.  Can LIAEP help me secure visas or arrangements with programs overseas?

Visas, appropriate permits for the country of destination and all other such documents are the responsibility of the applicant. LIAEP bears no responsibility for grant recipients while abroad.

10.  When will I be notified as to the status of my application?

Applications will be available to submit online from January 1, 2020 - February 17, 2020 at 11:59PM US-CDT.

All applicants will receive notice of acceptance or rejection by March 25, 2020.

11.  What information will I need to provide on the application?

  • Contact information

  • Artistic discipline

  • Project proposal (including details of your planned artistic exchange), travel information and budget.

  • Artist statement

  • Curriculum vitae or resume

  • Letter of invitation from host organization(s) involved in the project.

  • Two letters of recommendation from arts professionals that address the applicant's work, professional reputation and character.

  • At least eight (8) work samples that are of high quality or professional photographed. Examples should be technically and conceptually relevant to your proposed residency. (File size should be at least 1 MB.)

  • Image list of work samples, including: title, medium, dimensions and year

12.  Can I mail my application?

No. LIAEP only accepts applications online.

13.  Will I need to provide anything once travel is complete?

Final reporting is due within 60 days of the conclusion of travel and is outlined in the online application.

If you have additional questions that are not answered above, please contact the Program Administrator at