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

The Jerome Foundation offers production grant programs for emerging individual film , digital production and video directors* (* see following paragraph)  who reside within five boroughs of New York City and Minnesota and who work in the genres of experimental, narrative, animation or documentary work.

The Minnesota and New York film, video, and digital production grant programs are designed to support emerging film directors who have in the past and will in the proposed project exercise ultimate directing control over film/media/digital production projects.  The foundation understands that, especially at an emerging stage, artists may do more than direct: they may also act, design, write, edit and/or produce for example—and artists who perform multiple functions are eligible if these functions also include directing.  Artists whose past accomplishments include only editing, producing, writing and/or acting but not directing; artists who have not directed at least two non-student film /video/digitial production projects; and artists who will not be the director(s) of the proposed project are not eligible to apply.

Co-directors are eligible to apply only if they have directed at least two non-student projects togetherr; if they will serve as the co-directors for the proposed project; if they all individually meet all residency and non-student requirements for individual applicants; and if the co-directing team, as represented through the past work samples and in the proposed project, is composed of the exact same individuals, without addition or loss of any prior co-directing team members.

Installations, new media, or interactive work are subsidized in other Foundation programs and are not eligible in this program; Commercial, industrial, informational, or student work, all fall outside of Foundation priorities and are not eligible in any Foundation program.

Deadlines and Notification

Minnesota and New York City Programs:  On-line applications for this program will open on May 1, 2017 with a deadline of August 23, 2017, by 4:30 p.m. central standard time.  Please note: both programs now operate on a single annual deadline and are only open to emerging individual directors of film, video, and digital productions as described above. Grants will be announced in December 2017. Please note that grants only cover costs incurred after the grant has been awarded.

How To Apply

Application Process:  Once you have taken the eligibility quiz and reviewed the Policies and Priorities of the program, you may submit an application online.Film, video  or digital directors (as described above) who wish to apply, may do so after May 1, 2017, by going to the Jerome Foundation website at, either login if you already have an account or create a user login, and click the link to start a new application for this program at the bottom of the online dashboard.

Additional Information

Applicants should download the Film, Video, and Digital Production Sample Applications Booklet available below for helpful program information, samples of successful proposals and budgets from past applicants. The PDF applications are for information only; they are not applications. You must apply to the programs using the online system.

Informational workshops are offered by Jerome Foundation staff to answer questions and assist applicants in the preparation of their proposals. Attendance at one of these workshops is encouraged for applicants who wish to receive detailed information about the program or ask specific questions about their projects. For reference purposes, the recording of the 2016 Informational Webinar is available at this link:  Please visit the website periodically for more exact scheduling of the new live 2017 webinar which will be held during the month of July 2017.

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 (

The Foundation currently is not accepting new applications for the General Program. Unless you are a current grantee requesting continued support for a program or project, please do not start an application. Contact The Foundation with questions.

The Travel and Study Grant Program application is now open with a deadline of December 8, 2016. The Jerome Emerging Composer / Sound Artist Fellowship Program is open with a deadline of January 26, 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.

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