What qualifications must applicants have? Can organizations, university departments, companies and individuals all apply?
The aim of this program is to stimulate the creation of lively, multi-disciplinary collaborative cultural projects by the private sector and to bolster international ties. As such, domestic legal entities (including foundations that constitute as a legal person as well as associations), private groups (including organizations) and universities registered in accordance with domestic law are welcomed to apply during the designated application period. The cultural departments of city and county governments, museums and other public agencies are not eligible to apply for funding.
May foreign or mainland Chinese groups, organizations or units propose projects?
This program is aimed at promoting multinational cooperation. Applicants must be domestic legal entities, private groups or universities, and their partner groups and organizations must have their headquarters in other countries, mainland China, Hong Kong or Macau. Foreign groups may also contact domestic groups to develop a plan for a collaborative cultural project, but these foreign groups must work through an eligible funding recipient as defined in this project’s Guidelines and Procedures. The Ministry will ascertain from the submitted plan the role being played by each group in the bilateral or multilateral cooperation agreement submitted by participants.
I am a German freelance artist. I have unparalleled experience in both cultural content creation and event planning. However, I am not connected with an organization or company. May I cooperate with a Taiwan-based group and apply for funding?
Individuals may work through organizations, companies and groups to find partners. However, as per Article 4 of the Guidelines and Procedures, individuals are not eligible to be Applicants. While at least one collaborating partner must have its headquarters located outside Taiwan, it must apply through a domestic Applicant.
While the Guidelines and Procedures specify that successful Applicants may receive between NT$3 million and NT$10 million in funding, are there circumstances under which a higher level of funding may be made available?
For each project, the funding limit is NT$10 million. The Ministry has a limited annual budget, and the funding limit per project cannot be increased regardless of whether a project faces a deficient in funding. This does not exclude the possibility of utilizing other sources of funding. Applicants should re-evaluate and improve their financial management capabilities and use limited resources in a way that produces the best results. This program does not supplant funding provided under other Ministry measures now in place.
Funding is limited to 50 percent of the total budget. Does this mean that funding recipients are required to come up with the other 50 percent on their own? Does this imply that foreign participants must provide complementary funds?
There are no particular regulations concerning foreign participants’ provision of funds. However, the ability to provide one’s own funds can serve as an important indicator of the Applicant’s financial management capabilities.
So as to give Applicants sufficient time to arrange a schedule for executing projects with foreign counterparts, will the Ministry consider projects that require more than one year to implement?
Projects submitted must be new, with two years being the maximum duration allowed.
What sort of review process will the applications be subjected to? What are the Applicants’ chances of actually obtaining funding?
This is a competitive grant program. Proposals by eligible Applicants will be reviewed by a committee based on the criteria laid out in the Guidelines and Procedures, and the committee will draw up a proposed list of competitive recipients and funding amounts.
How will the funds be remitted to successful recipients?
The Ministry will remit funds to the recipient’s account as stipulated in the funding contract. The fundamental rights and responsibilities of the domestic funding recipient and its foreign/mainland Chinese partner(s) are to be determined by a cooperation agreement signed by the parties. Successful Applicants are to apply to the Department of Cultural Exchanges for funding remittance.
Concerning audits, which items require special attention, and what specific documents need to be provided?
During the implementation period, original receipts, an expenditure list reviewed and signed off on by a certified public accountant and a work progress report or project implementation report shall be sent for audit by the Ministry before December 15 of the year in which the project is being carried out. Other items may be found in the Guidelines and Procedures section.
What is the alternative for proposals that cannot be submitted by the 2014 deadline? Are applications for plans to be executed in 2016 being accepted now?
Plans may be implemented by funding recipients only following the signing of a contract with the Ministry, and must be completed within two years of the contract’s starting date. Proposals must be received by August 29, 2014; no extensions will be granted. If, for example, a contract is signed in November 2014, the plan must be completed by October 2016.
I represent a foreign organization that would like to submit a proposal. However, being unfamiliar with Taiwan’s cultural landscape and resources, I do not know how to find a suitable domestic partner to cooperate with. How should I proceed with my application?
Foreign or mainland Chinese organizations may work with the Ministry’s 16 overseas offices; they will provide recommendations, help with the search, or act as an intermediary with domestic organizations. Please click on the “Contact Us” section of the Ministry’s English-language website (english.moc.gov.tw) to find the regional representative closest to you.
Although the project duration stipulated by the Ministry is limited to two years, if program participants encounter problems with execution – such as changes in personnel, a lack of funds or other unforeseen obstacles – how should they proceed under these circumstances?
Funding recipients shall carry out the project as approved by the Ministry. Where portions of the project cannot be carried out, or where changes are deemed necessary, a written explanation detailing the changes and remedial measures shall be submitted directly to the Ministry; the Ministry will then render a decision to approve the changes or to cancel the project. Project scope may not be altered for more than twice per year.
What are the guidelines concerning other sources of funding for my submitted proposal?
As stipulated in Article 3 of the Guidelines and Procedures, when a project, or a similar one, has already received funding from the National Performing Arts Center, the National Culture and Arts Foundation, the Ministry or any of the Ministry’s subordinate organizations, the project shall not be considered for funding.
Applicants are welcomed to seek other sources of funding from public and private entities from both Taiwan or abroad.
Can I receive funding for a proposal that involves a Taiwan-based cultural group and the government agency of another country?
Barring political parties and politically-affiliated groups, all domestic legal entities (including foundations), private groups (including organizations) and universities registered in accordance with domestic law are welcomed to apply during the designated application period. There are no such restrictions placed on the choice of your foreign partner.
Could you elaborate on what constitutes as a third-party specialist?
A third-party specialist should offer a specific skill set required to complete the project. Examples include creative professionals such as writers, performers, film directors, animation artists, stage designers, and heritage restoration experts.
How will the revenue generated through the project be handled? Can it be counted towards the 50% funding independent of the Ministry’s subsidies? If there are excess funds remaining after all expenses are deducted, should they be returned to the Ministry?
The project proposal should include a budget on which all expected expenditures shall be listed, as shall the items for which funding is sought, the amount, and from which organization. At the end of the project, you are required to provide a list of all actual expenditures and revenue incurred during the project’s duration.
In accordance with domestic law, if excess funds remain after all expenses are deducted, they should be returned to the Ministry in proportion to the original subsidy received.
If additional expenses incur while the project is conducted abroad, such as funding provided by the Taiwan-based entity to its foreign partner, will they be reimbursed by the Ministry? If the scale of the proposal required NT$10 million and the Ministry subsidized NT$3 million, should I provide the original documents and receipts for the NT$10 million or the NT$3 million?
All projected expenditures (traveling expenses, salaries, etc.) listed in the approved proposal are eligible for reimbursement, regardless of whether they were incurred in Taiwan or abroad. Original documents and receipts are required to verify the proper use of the funding amount provided by the Ministry only; they should be submitted alongside a detailed invoice of actual payments and income.
If my proposal concerns cross-sector collaboration in the audiovisual industry, but the movie production requires more than two years, how can I demonstrate the progress of my project?
The Ministry will take into consideration the individual circumstances and scope of each proposal; if the evaluation committee approves a movie collaboration proposal that requires more than two years, it will stipulate other methods as proof of progress, such as the showcase of raw footage or the movie’s theme tracks during the audit.
The application requires the submission of an income statement for the previous year that has been verified by a certified public accountant; can I use another document instead?
An income statement for the previous year verified by a certified public accountant; public universities and educational institutes are exempt from this requirement.
An income statement serves as an important indicator of the applicant’s financial management abilities, and the Ministry hopes to provide funding to projects and entities that are grounded on sustainable and transparent practices.
Xinxin Nanguan Ensemble was one of the participants of the 2014 funds program.