Arts
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Grants

Applications Open
Nov 1, 2018
Deadline to Apply
Feb 5, 2019
Notification of Award
January 2020
Dameun Strange, 2017 Cedar Commissions. Photo by Pat O'Loughlin.

Two-year grants to arts organizations to support ongoing programs, services and activities for early career artists in Minnesota and New York City.

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Program Overview

Jerome Foundation offers two-year grants to arts organizations for ongoing programs in six discipline(s) for artists that meet Jerome’s eligibility requirements as defined below. Applications are reviewed by panels in Dance; Literature; Media, including film, video, and digital production and new media; Music; Theater; and Visual Arts. Organizations may apply with programs in multiple disciplines.

A diverse range of programs will be supported in each artistic discipline. This includes both development (artistic or career development and/or technical assistance) and production programs (culminating in a full production/exhibition/publication/etc.).

The earliest date to receive the first year of funds in this grants round will be May 1, 2020. Jerome does not fund retroactively. All supported costs must be incurred after May 1, 2020.

Application Process

1

All organizations interested in support from Jerome must first schedule a call with Program Staff to discuss eligibility.

2

All applicants deemed eligible by Program Staff must submit a Letter of Intent no later than Tuesday, February 5, 2019. Letters of Intent will not be accepted from any organization who has not had a phone conversation with Program Staff by the required deadline.

3

Following a staff review of Letters of Intent, the Foundation will invite a smaller group of organizations to submit full applications between March 12–June 4, 2019 for panel review.

Program Timeline

Starting Monday, Nov 5, 2018

Required phone appointment with Program Staff

Tuesday, Feb 5, 2019

Letter of intent deadline

No later than Tuesday, Mar 12, 2019

Full applications invited

Tuesday, Jun 4, 2019

Deadline for full applications

January 2020

Notification of grant awards

First year of funds available

No earlier than Friday, May 10, 2019

Fall 2020

Next grant cycle for organization opens

Please note: Staff will not have status updates on your application in advance of the relevant dates noted in the timeline.

Grant Amounts

Organizations who were not funded in this grant program in 2018 may request a maximum of $30,000 per year for a single program, or a maximum of $60,000 per year for multiple programs.

 

Some organizations were awarded “exit grants” in 2018 in this grant program. These organizations may request a maximum of $30,000 per year for a single program, or a maximum of $60,000 per year for multiple programs. Contact us if you are not clear as to whether your 2018 grant was an exit grant.

All other organizations funded in 2018 in this grant program may request up to a 15% increase from their March 2018 grant award or up to $30,000 per year for a single program/$60,000 per year for multiple programs, whichever is greater.

 

No organization (whether previously funded or not) may request more than 25% of a three-year average of its actual annual operating income, based on its three most recent completed fiscal years. In-kind contributions may not be used in calculating this average. For fuller explanation, see the FAQ.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

 

ORGANIZATIONAL ELIGIBILITY

All applicant organizations must:

  • Be 501(c)3 organizations or apply through a fiscal sponsor with a 501(c)3;
  • Be located in the state of Minnesota or one of the five boroughs of New York;
  • Offer ongoing programs serving more than one early career vocational (as opposed to avocational, academic, amateur or educational) artist, collective or ensemble per year;
  • Offer additional programs for Jerome-eligible artists, collectives or ensembles (defined below) beyond the program(s) for which Jerome support is requested.

Organizations with less than three years of operating experience will be considered only if they are able to demonstrate that the program for which support is requested expands the nature (not only the number) of existing opportunities for Jerome-eligible artists in their community.

 

PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY

Eligible programs support the development, creation, and production / exhibition / publication of new works (as opposed to remounting, interpreting or exploring pre-existing work) and/or promote the ongoing professional or career development of Jerome-eligible artists, collectives or ensembles.

 

Supported types of programs for early career artists, ensembles or collectives may include, but are not limited to:

  • Exhibitions, screenings or publications of new works
  • Commissions, workshops, development activities
  • Production and premieres of new work developed by the applicant
  • Regrant programs supporting fellowships, commissions or the creation of new works
  • Mentorship programs
  • Professional development and technical assistance programs
  • Residency programs that offer honoraria or compensation

Please note that all support is for ongoing programs benefitting multiple artists. The Foundation does not support single or one-off projects; support to a single artist, collective or ensemble; or support for the creation of a single new work (e.g., support to produce one play or film; present one composer, choreographer or spoken-word artist; publish one artist’s book or exhibit one artist’s work at a museum or in a public setting, etc.).

 

Supported programs must:

  • Compensate staff and artists above and beyond any reimbursement costs for participation and at a reasonable wage (see FAQ for fuller explanation);
  • Be publicly transparent about their process for selecting participants, and either use an open application process for participation in Jerome-funded programs or use curators, nominators or staff with ongoing and broad engagement with Jerome-eligible artists.

 

The Foundation does not support programs:

  • Supporting students (K-12, undergraduate or graduate) in degree-granting programs
  • Charging an application fee or requiring memberships for artists
  • Benefitting only one artist/collective/ensemble per year
  • Only offering presentation, exhibition, performance, or screening opportunities of works that the applicant has not supported in development
  • Revisiting, remounting, reprinting, adapting or reinterpreting previously created work
  • In which Jerome-eligible artists are seen as incidental, ancillary or occasional participants

 

Additionally, the Foundation does not support:

  • Buildings, endowments, capital campaigns or cash reserves requests
  • Arts education programs
  • Degree-granting and conservatory programs
  • Festivals of work that the applicant has not developed
  • Documentation of work as the primary grant purpose
  • Marketing and audience development as the primary grant purpose

Note: Co-commissioners and co-developers may not both request funding for the same artist’s project.

Organizations may seek support for programs activities that serve a broad range of artists, including but not limited to Jerome-eligible artists (i.e., programs that serve both early career and mid-career artists, or include artists from beyond Minnesota or New York City). However, Jerome grant funds may only be used to cover costs for Jerome-eligible artists.

At least 75% of awarded grant funds must support direct costs for the specific program(s), although an organization might choose to dedicate a higher percentage of the grant to such direct program costs. Up to 25% of the grant funds may be applied to support indirect administrative costs for Jerome-funded programs and/or for ongoing organizational costs connected to services and activities for early career artists.

 

SUPPORTED ARTISTS, COLLECTIVES OR ENSEMBLES ELIGIBILITY

Eligible artists, collectives or ensembles in supported programs must meet all of the descriptors listed. Jerome-eligible artists are early career generative non-student artists with residency in the state of Minnesota or the five boroughs of NYC who actively generate new original work and exercise.

ELIGIBLE ARTISTS

✓ are in the early stages of their creative development

      ✓ have a focused direction and are actively creating new work in their chosen artistic   discipline(s)

     ✓ have yet to be substantially celebrated within their field, the media, funding circles or the public at large

     ✓ are vocational (as opposed to avocational, academic, amateur or educational) artists

✓ are legal residents of the state of Minnesota or one of the five boroughs of New York City and have been residents for a least one year prior to application or program participation

✓ are not participating in any degree-granting programs (K-12, undergraduate, graduate) in any field

✓ artists who generate new works and claim creative “authorship” and creative control in the creation of new work, and whose primary practice is centered in creation of new work through their roles as:

   » choreographers in Dance

   » film and video directors of animation, experimental, narrative or documentary in Media

   » new media/digital artists (interactive technology, web or computer-based, virtual, etc.) in Media

   » writers of prose, poetry or creative nonfiction in Literature

   » composers in Music

   » playwrights, solo artists creating their own works, spoken word artists, performance artists and/or directors who lead or oversee the creation of devised work in Theater

   » painters, sculptors, social practice artists, installation artists, drawing, printmakers, muralists, graffiti artists, photographers, public work artists, fiber artists, clay artists and other disciplines within Visual Arts

 

✓ expand the aesthetic or social experience in the discipline in which they work and/or reclaim and revive traditional forms in original ways

✓ create works that are:

   » imaginative, rigorous, and well-executed

   » technically proficient and exhibit a high level of craft

   » compelling and has a distinctive vision and authentic voice

   » connecting with intended audiences/participants

   » engaging aesthetically and experientially

   » are bold and risk-taking

INELIGIBLE ARTISTS

✗ would be identified as “mid-career” or established in any arts discipline

✗ are engaged in the arts as a hobby or avocational pastime

 

✗ currently live outside of either the state of Minnesota or New York City

✗ did not consider Minnesota or New York City their primary legal residence for a least one year prior to application or program participation

 

✗ applicants who are or will be students enrolled in degree-granting programs (organizations who are working with artists enrolled in PhD programs should discuss options with staff)

 

✗ artists who interpret, perform, critique, report on, edit, or design the work of others (e.g., singers, musicians, screenwriters, dancers, actors, instrumentalists, vocalists, arrangers, editors, journalists, designers in sets/lights/costumes/sound, or critics, among others) but who do not also generate new work

✗ managers, administrators, builders or technicians who do not also have a significant history of generating new work

As a general rule, all artists within an ensemble or collective must meet all criteria listed above. Any exceptions to this rule must be discussed with Jerome staff in advance.

Please note: artists, collectives or ensembles who are seeking support to create their own new work should not apply in this program but instead should apply through the Jerome Hill Fellowships for Artists, Collectives and Ensembles program, which will next accept applications in 2020.

PROCESS AND REVIEW CRITERIA

Applications will be reviewed by panels of experts, with each discipline evaluated by a separate panel. Panelists are selected based on their knowledge of genres and forms represented in the applicant pool and represent a diversity of experience and identity.

Panelists are charged with prioritizing the applicants for funding based on the review criteria.

In their consideration, panelists consider four criteria:

1
Merit

The merit of the program(s), as indicated by the program plan, quality of program leadership, information on the artists served and work sample(s), and relationship and responsiveness to artists within its field.

2
Feasibility

The organizational capacity and feasibility of the program(s), as indicated by specificity of program detail, demonstration of ongoing support for vocational early career artists, the budget, and the organization’s overall financial health.

3
Impact

The potential impact of the program(s) for artists and the field, as indicated by the program and organization history and the support offered directly to participants.

4
Values

Demonstrated achievement in and alignment with Jerome’s core values as indicated by:

   » diversity of organization leadership, board, staff, program participants and/or audiences;

   » embrace of innovation/risk through unconventional approaches to solving problems, supporting artists and cultural producers whose work explores new territories, challenges traditions, and offers unique and thought-provoking perspectives;

   » and humility through service to larger the artistic and/or social community of artists and citizens, and conscious work toward a sense of community purpose, whether aesthetic, social or both.

Panels are charged to think not only of the ability of every grantee to meet each criterion strongly, but of recommending a cohort of grantees that collectively capture the diversity (including aesthetic, cultural, racial, gender, geographic, relative scale and genre, among other factors) of the larger arts field.

Panel recommendations are reviewed by the Jerome Foundation Board of Directors, which has the sole and final authority to approve the panel recommendations and award grants.

Grant Requirements

Grant commitments will be made for a two-year period. In specific cases, the Foundation may make the second-year of support contingent on review of a progress report and proof that the applicant has met pre-agreed upon benchmarks.

Grantees may not substitute a different program for the one/s supported in the original grant. Doing so may result in the Foundation recalling the grant. Any major changes to the nature or scope of the project must be approved in advance by the Foundation.

Grant recipients are required to submit annual progress reports at the end of the first year. Upon completion of the grant, a final financial and narrative report must be submitted to the Foundation. Grantees who are delinquent in their reporting requirements will not be allowed to receive additional support until the requirements have been met.

About the Jerome Foundation

The Jerome Foundation honors the legacy, artistic interests and humanistic concerns of its founder, J. Jerome Hill. We promote a dynamic culture through flexible fellowship support for early career artists, collectives and/or ensembles in Minnesota and the five boroughs of New York City, and through grants to nonprofit arts organizations that offer ongoing programs, services and activities for those same artists.

In our work, we embrace three core values, which we strive to model in our practice as grantmakers as well as support in our grantees:

Jerome Hill

DIVERSITY

We consciously embrace diversity in the broadest sense. We support a diverse range of artists and organizations, including but not limited to those of diverse cultures, races, sexual identities, genders, generations, aesthetics, points of view, physical abilities, and missions. We support a diverse range of artistic disciplines and forms, created in a wide range of contexts and for different audiences.

INNOVATION/RISK

We applaud unconventional approaches to solving problems and support artists and organizations that work in innovative, new ways, exploring the traditional aesthetic and/or social dimensions of their respective disciplines.

HUMILITY

We serve artists (rather than expecting artists to serve us) and believe that artists and organizations are the best authorities to define their needs and challenges—an essential humility reflective of Jerome Hill, our founder. Our grantee artists and organizations embrace their roles as part of a larger artistic and/or social community of artists and citizens, and consciously work with a sense of community purpose, whether aesthetic, social or both.

Application Steps

Starting Nov 5, 2018

Phone call with Jerome Staff

All applicants must schedule a phone call with Program Staff.

Go to https://calendly.com/jeromefdn/org-grant-phone-calls to select a time for your call. You will receive a calendar invitation to confirm your appointment.

You must complete this step before you submit a Letter of Intent.

You will be advised by Program Staff via email following the phone call as to whether or not you are eligible to apply.

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By Feb 5, 2019

Submit your Letter of Intent

Following your phone call with staff, submit your Letter of Intent, which must be provided via Submittable (our online application platform) by Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 4 pm Central/5 pm Eastern Time. Go to https://jeromefdn.submittable.com/ to begin.

You may not change the nature of focus of the program(s) from what was agreed upon with Program Staff in the phone call.

A single Letter of Intent suffices for all applicants, regardless of whether you are applying for a single or multiple program(s).

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Between Mar 12–Jun 4, 2019

Invited organizations submit full applications

Organizations invited to submit full applications will be asked to give fuller information on the topics covered in the Letter of Intent. Organizations will not be allowed to change the nature or focus of their request from that which was proposed in the Letter of Intent and/or phone call with Program Staff. Applications must be complete in order to be considered for review.

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What is in the letter of intent?

The Letter of Intent asks that you provide a program narrative, and some basic organization and program information (recommended length no longer than 1,500 words—the equivalent of three single-spaced pages using Calibri size 12—for one program, or 2,500 words—five pages—for multiple programs). It must address the following:

  • Description of programs offered by organization for Jerome-eligible artists (see above for definition of Jerome-eligible) and commitment to early career artists
  • Identification of specific program(s) for which Jerome support is requested
  • Key activities and/or resources offered to artists through the program(s)
  • Amount paid directly to artists
  • Ways in which the program(s) for which you are requesting support address the needs of early career artists
  • Key staff responsible for the program and their strengths in working with early career artists
  • Criteria and evidence of program success
  • If you are a current grantee, share any changes from the previously-funded program(s) that you anticipate

 

In addition to the Letter of Intent narrative, you will be asked to complete the following fields:

  • About each program (you will fill this out for each program for which you are requesting funds)

    • Name of program for which support is requested
    • Amount requested from Jerome Foundation
    • Preliminary program budget total amount (no detail required)
    • Artistic discipline(s) supported by the program(s)
    • Number of Jerome-eligible artists to be supported by the program(s)
    • Names of past early career artists supported by the program(s)
    • Key contact information (management leader, artistic leader, program leader, grant contact—this may be one person or multiple people)
  • About your organization
    • Organization Mission
    • Link to website
    • Date of IRS exemption or name of fiscal sponsor
    • Fiscal year
    • Total staff size (in FTE and PTE)
    • Financial summary: total unrestricted income, expenses, assets and liabilities for the last three completed fiscal years and the current year
      • Organizations with significant deficits should also offer explanations and plans to address those deficits.
    • Affirmation that your organization’s fiscal leadership has reviewed and approves the submission of the LOI and affirms the accuracy of the information provided.
  • We also ask you for suggestions of two people who you believe would make good panelists for the Foundation (in either this or the Artist Fellowship program)

    What is in the full application?

    Organizations invited to submit full applications will be asked to give fuller information on the topics covered in the Letter of Intent. Organizations will not be allowed to change the nature or focus of their request from that which was proposed in the Letter of Intent and/or phone call with Program Staff. Applications must be complete in order to be considered for review.

    The full application will also ask for the following:

    • About the program

      • Program description with a detailed list of what is provided to participants
      • Program schedule of activities
      • Explanation of how the proposed program supports your organizational mission
      • Description of artist selection process
      • Description submission/application guidelines (if applicable)
      • A definition of early career/emerging that will guide the selection of artists in Jerome-supported programs
      • Information on artists to be supported or representative prior participants of program if selection process has not occurred at time of application
      • Work samples of artists selected or representative prior participants
      • Compensation/honoraria/materials subsidy levels for participating artists and the rationale for determining the level
      • Full program budget (see an example and download a template) and contingency plan in the event Jerome is unable to provide the full amount of the request

    About your organization

    • Mission and history of support for early career artists
    • Alignment and achievement with Jerome’s core values
    • Demographic breakdown of board, staff, program participants and, if known, audience
    • Board of Directors list
    • IRS Letter of Determination
    • Authorization letter
    • Current CDP/DataArts Report (optional)
    • Current audit or tax return
    • Last three years financial statement and current year (see an example and download a template)
    • Financial narrative describing current year financial health and strategies for dealing with ongoing challenges

    Informational Webinar

    Watch Jerome staff review the program, review criteria and Letter of Intent process—and stay for the Q&A. We recommend you view prior to your phone call with Jerome staff. This webinar was recorded November 8, 2018.

    Download a PDF of the webinar

    Staff may also be contacted by telephone (651-224-9431) between 9 am and 4:30 pm Central Time, Mondays through Fridays (excepting holidays).

    Frequently Asked Questions

    This is the second round of a program that was created following an open survey to gauge the priorities of organizations in the field; more than 600 organizations responded. Three specific themes emerged: the need for multi-year funding, the value of supporting early career artists in developing careers and/or creating new work, and the need to help organizations address core needs beyond a particular supported program. The guidelines try to address each of these themes.

    We invite you to learn about previously funded programs. Please note that we are interested in many kinds of programs that may or may not be represented there.

    The Foundation knows that submitting a grant application is time consuming for any organization, and that more organizations will apply than our panels can reasonably consider. By speaking with Program Staff, you can immediately determine your eligibility. The Letter of Intent allows an organization to make its case without investing the amount of time required for a full application, and to avoid wasting time completing a lengthy proposal for a program in which it is not comparatively competitive.

    The reduced full application review load also makes it feasible for busy working professionals to participate on panels, and for the Foundation to expedite the overall process by recruiting a panel with relevant expertise and without conflicts of interest even before the full applications are received.

    This is the second round of the Arts Organization Grants program. In the first round, 254 organizations submit a preliminary application. Of those, 118 were invited to complete a full application. 50 ongoing grants were made totaling $3,261,000 over two years.

    Multiple surveys of artists and organizations conducted by Jerome revealed widespread confusion over the term “emerging,” with various interpretations of length of tenure in the field, level of public awareness and fame, and even (at one extreme) the idea that all artists are always emerging. The use of “early career” is our attempt to define more precisely the kinds of artists we hope Jerome-funded programs will support.

    Jerome-eligible artists are in the relatively early stages of their generative career (generally less than 12 non-student years) and are often still developing their artistic “voice.” They show enormous potential and have demonstrated seriousness about pursuing the arts as a central vocational goal, see themselves as part of a larger aesthetic or social community, and have a sense of purpose beyond financial gain or fame. They challenge traditions or norms within their art form, ask significant questions and provoke new ideas, whether aesthetic or social, in their work.

    Any artist who would be described as mid-career or established in any artistic discipline is ineligible for Jerome support, even if they are changing disciplines and would make the case that they are early career in their new field. Artists who have been working in their field for more than twelve years, who receive ongoing support and recognition for their work, or who are at a point in their career where they are mentoring other artists are generally beyond early career artists.

    Artists who have won major awards (e.g., multiple MAP Grants, a Doris Duke or MacArthur) have moved beyond consideration, as have artists who have completed major features with commercial studios in film, have released multiple books with major publishers in literature, are receiving major commissions and productions in various locations in dance, theater or music, or have commercial representation with major galleries and are featured in major institutional collections in visual arts.

    Organizations are asked to provide their definition of early career, noting how it may differ from the Foundation’s definition at the full application stage.

    The Foundation values and supports artists and organizations that challenge and engage traditional aesthetic practices and norms. Jerome priority artists bring an original perspective to the reclaiming or reviving of traditional cultural forms.

    While we support artists whose primary goals are aesthetic innovation or “art for art’s sake,” we are equally dedicated to supporting social justice artists whose primary claim to innovation involves:

    • shifting how we, individually or collectively, think and/or behave;
    • challenging and engaging traditional social dimensions;
    • reclaiming or reviving traditional cultural practices;
    • using an artistic practice as a form of resistance or empowerment;
    • creating space for and building a sense of community;
    • exploring new subject matter;
    • creating and/or presenting work in new contexts; and/or
    • engaging new collaborators or communities in the creation or presentation of work.

    All artists, whether driven by social justice or by aesthetic innovation, are expected to bring an original perspective to the work they create.

    Single programs are those in which the participants are a defined group, and all participants are participating in most or all phases. A performance-related program that includes in-house workshops, public viewings and possibly even full premieres is a single program, even if it takes place over multiple weeks and embraces multiple discrete projects.

    Multiple programs embrace different, discrete and generally non-overlapping groups of artists for distinctly different purposes. A publisher that offers publication of new works by emerging/early career artists, but that also offers ongoing seminars and technical development for writers beyond those that it intends to publish would be seen as multiple programs.

    The panel in the first round of this initiative was deeply concerned and unsupportive of residency and commissioning programs where the artists were not compensated for their investment of time, and where artists were compelled to use significant levels of personal resources or incur significant debt to complete their work. Such programs were seen as inadvertently promoting a kind of class bias and limiting their reach about the kind of artists who could even consider applying.

    That said, the range of programs, the very real differences in professional practice and creative methodology in different fields, in organizational sizes and infrastructures, in the timing of when the organization intersects with the artist (a commission vs. an exhibition, for example), and in local cost of living make it impossible to articulate specific rigid standards.

    Highest priority will be given to organizations who amply compensate artists for their time, their materials and their process, as appropriate for the given field and project. Programs that require an artist to devote significant personal resources in order for work to be completed or that compel an artist to significantly increase personal debt in order to participate will not be supported.

    There are some resources you may want to look at for reasonable and adequate compensation for artists:

    The Foundation understands that small organizations may find it difficult to meet these fees and that compensation to artists that significantly exceeds that to ongoing staff or resident artists can affect organizational dynamics. In such cases, panels may consider the percentage of the overall organizational budget dedicated to artist compensation.

    The IRS “public support test” requires that one-third of an organization’s support come from the general public and/or governmental sources to avoid “tipping.” For more information on how this is defined, visit https://grantspace.org/resources/knowledge-base/public-support-test

    Disproportionately large grants from a single source can upset this ratio, resulting in the potential loss of charitable status for the grantee nonprofit. Additionally, organizations overly dependent on a single source of income are often de-stabilized—sometimes fatally—if that single funding source changes direction or alters its level of funding. Concerned both with IRS regulations and with an organization’s longer-term stability and viability, the Foundation has decided to institute this maximum grant size cap.

    Please remember, however, that organizations that are not currently supported with ongoing funding may not request more than $30,000 for a single program, service or activity, or a total of $60,000 for multiple programs, services and activities, no matter how large their annual income may be.

    Organizations that received prior funding are certainly welcome, but not required, to apply for activities which Jerome previously supported. Whether or not you are applying with the same program, you must consult with Program Staff.

    Organizations receiving exit grants are certainly welcome to re-apply for support for programs, services and activities that had been supported before 2018. That said, exit grants were often awarded because of significant panel reservations that made the programs less than fully competitive. In such cases, organizations are advised to openly address those past concerns in the new application.

    Organizations who received exit grants in the prior round may request a maximum of $30,000 for a single program, service or activity, or $60,000 for multiple programs, services or activities. That said, organizations whose average unrestricted operating income was less than $120,000 per year for the past three years are limited to the 25% request explained above and earlier in the guidelines, and must request less than $30,000, regardless of how many programs are to be supported.

    The terms “exit grant” and “ongoing grant” were used in your grant letter. If you cannot locate your grant letter or cannot locate such language in your letter, please contact Jerome staff for clarification.

    The optional 25% of grant funds can be used to meet both ongoing organizational costs tied to the supported program that many consider “indirect,” including utilities, rent, overhead, etc. and for longer term needs connected to early career artists even if they are not specifically connected to the Jerome-supported programs, services or activities.

    This 25% might include but is not limited to:

    • staff travel
    • program assessment
    • research
    • conference attendance
    • consultants
    • etc.

    Funds cannot be used for noncharitable purposes (e.g., lobbying) or to support costs for programs, services and activities that omit or exclude participation by early career artists. Using funds to assess a commissioning program for established artists, for example, would not be permitted.

    With the exception of a small program open to national arts and philanthropic services organizations (which has separate guidelines), Jerome Foundation supports only artists and not-for-profit arts organizations located in Minnesota and the five boroughs of New York City. Organizations with multiple office sites must have their primary legal mailing address in New York City or Minnesota. All artists who benefit from Jerome Foundation funds must be legal residents of New York City or Minnesota.

    No, not in this program. This program is open only to nonprofit organizations or organizations with a fiscal sponsor that offer programs for early career artists. Individual artists, collaboratives or ensembles who meet eligibility requirements and are interested in support for their own work should apply through the Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship program, which will next accept applications in 2020 or directly to the organizations that are funded through this program once grantees are announced. We often post these opportunities.

    The grant period for this round will begin no earlier than May 2020, and no organization may request payment before that start date.

    Payments are made through direct deposit; organizations which do not yet have direct deposit established for Jerome should expect approximately three weeks for the completion of paperwork and the establishment of that system before the first direct deposit payment can be processed. The Foundation makes grant payments monthly on the second Friday of the month. Your payment schedule will be stated in your letter of agreement/grant contract.

    Grantees are required to submit interim and/or final reports, established by the Foundation in the letter of agreement/grant contract.

    Contact the Foundation staff at least one month prior to an application deadline to discuss your circumstances.

    Submittable, the online software we use for our applications, meets the Level AA standard according to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. Submittable has also attained a Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (or VPAT), affirming the platform is now more accessible to a wide range of submitters with disabilities, including blindness and low vision, deafness and hearing loss, learning disabilities, cognitive limitations, limited movement, speech disabilities, photosensitivity, and combinations of these.