MN / NYC Film, Video, and Digital Production Grant Programs

The Jerome Foundation offers production grants, for specific projects, of up to $30,000 for emerging film, digital production and video directors who reside in Minnesota and work in the genres of experimental, narrative, animation or documentary work. 

These grants support specific projects. Only production and post-production expenses (not pre-production, marketing or distribution costs) are supported. The program also does not fund retroactively: only costs incurred after the grant is awarded and a grant contract signed will be supported.


Awards of up to $30,000 are made and do not require matching funds. While grant awards typically represent a significant percentage of the amount requested by the applicant, only a small number of grants receive the full $30,000 each year. Generally, grants fall in the $10,000-20,000 range, although films with total budget of less than $10,000 are eligible for support. Applicants may request the entire cost of the film, provided it does not exceed the grant ceiling amount of $30,000.

Program Calendar

Online application opens:               May 1, 2017

Webinar with program staff:          July 2017 (exact date TBD)

Deadline for applications:              August 24, 2017 at 4:30 pm Central

Notification of grant status:           No earlier than December 15, 2017 and no later than December 31, 2017

Eligible Grant Period:                     February 1, 2017–January 31, 2019

How To Apply

Application Process

The application will ask you to provide:

  1. A narrative describing your proposed project
  2. A budget for that project
  3. An artist statement outlining your own larger artistic goals and aesthetics, and why you consider yourself an emerging artist
  4. A resume including specific film credits with dates, roles/responsibilities and running times for completed films/videos/digital productions
  5. A screenplay for those working in narrative film (or for those who work without script an explanation of the process in devising story and narrative)
  6. A total of two work samples, each from a different project, totaling no more than 10 minutes. Further information about format and time/space limitations can be found in the online application system.

Accessing the Application

On or after May 1, 2017, go to the Jerome Foundation website at Either login or create a user login, go to your Dashboard, and click the link to start a new application for this program. You can save and return to your work later. You may only apply using the online system.

Contact Foundation

The Foundation encourages applicants to contact Foundation staff with questions that are not addressed in the guidelines (including the FAQ) and the webinar. Staff may be contacted either by telephone (651-224-9431) between 9:00 am and 4:30 pm Central Time, Mondays through Fridays (excepting holidays) or by sending emails to Ben Cameron ( or Andrea Brown (

New Grant Programs: The Foundation will announce its new grant programs in May 2017.

The Travel and Study Grant Program application is now open with a deadline of December 7, 2017.

The Foundation will open the application for the New York City and Minnesota Film,Video, and Digital Production Grant Program grant on May 1, 2017.


Upcoming Events

June 1, 2017, Abrons Arts Center

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