Process and Review Criteria: Travel and Study Grant Program
Awards are made once per year. Selection panels in each eligible discipline review proposals and recommend recipients to the Jerome Foundation Board, which approves all grants. No information on the status of an application will be available until the Board has acted on panel recommendations.
Travel and Study panels are composed of experts in the relevant field. Each panel includes representatives from the Twin Cities, Greater Minnesota, and New York City.
Panelists are asked to consider three and only three criteria:
The artistic merit of the applicant, as evidenced by work samples, resume, and letters of confirmation.
The conception and feasibility of the project, as indicated by specific planning efforts and confirmed letters of acceptance and/or invitation. If there are logistic or cultural reasons that such letters are either inappropriate or impossible to obtain, the applicant should explain those reasons in the application.
The potential impact of the project on the applicant’s longer-term goals. Both these goals and the connection of this travel to those goals should be explained in the Artist/Administrator statement.
No other criteria are considered. Financial need is not a consideration, although, given the limited funds available and the large number of applicants, Jerome urges applicants to be considerate of colleagues in the field and to self-access the need for these funds before applying. Panelists do not consider secondhand information or hearsay. In addition, panelists do not visit applicant websites or view materials other than the ones the applicant has provided as part of the application.
Required Application Materials
The application involves 6 kinds of information:
Resumes. The Foundation requires full resumes of artists to access the significance of their achievements and considers many factors in its determination of eligibility. The Foundation encourages artists and arts organizations to be specific in their applications about the factors they are using to determine eligibility as an emerging artist.
Work samples provided as evidence of artistic merit. Format and length of samples varies by discipline. More explicit limitations and directions are provided in the online application form.
A narrative trip proposal written by the applicant, outlining the trip, its duration and purpose, and an applicant (artist or administrator) statement describing aesthetic, long-term goals, and how the proposed trip will help the applicant come closer to achieving those goals. A detailed trip plan including information about where you intend to go, organization and people with whom you plan to meet, etc.
A budget for the trip, including proposed timeline, expenses, and (if relevant) sources of additional funds for the proposed travel. Applicants must be detailed and accurate in the budget information. If a trip is funded, the grant recipient will not be able to reduce the duration of the trip, change the trip destinations, and change the relative amounts and types of expense items without explicit Foundation approval. Because the panel makes grant recommendations based specifically on these factors, changes may lead to the grant being withdrawn.
Letters of invitation or confirmation (where applicable) for program participation or study with mentors. Applicants unable to provide such letters for logistic reasons or because of issues of cultural appropriateness should explain these barriers.
For applicants proposing participation in grant programs, background information on the program as created by program organizers (e.g. brochures, online descriptions, etc.)
Applicants are urged to prepare all materials carefully. Panelists must be able to clearly discern levels of achievement and recognition based on work samples, rather than infer them. Applications that do not clearly establish a case for eligibility or that are incomplete will be rejected. Applicants may find it a helpful exercise to ask an acquaintance or friend to review materials and provide objective feedback in advance of submitting.
Jerome staff prescreen applications for completeness, geographic eligibility, and clear conformity with guidelines for emerging artists. Only those applications that are complete, within geographic requirements, and meet the description of emerging artists are advanced to the panel for consideration.