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Alison Guessou, directing the cast and crew of the short film Happily Married After.     

The application for this program is currently closed. Future application opportunities will be announced in 2025.

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Minnesota Film, Video, and Digital Artist Development Grant

Artist Development grants of up to $10,000 for self-designed mentorship and/or professional skills in connection with a specific film, video or digital production project.

Please note that Minnesota film directors may also apply to the Minnesota Film, Video and Digital Production grant (up to $30,000). The guidelines and application for that program is not the same as the MN Artist Development grant. Applicants may not apply to both programs.


Read the 2023 MN Artist Development Grant Guidelines

Read the MN Artist Development grant guidelines to learn more and get a link to the application.

Program Timeline

Jan 5, 2023

Application Opens

Applications must be submitted using Submittable, our online application platform, at https://jeromefdn.submittable.com

Jan 25, 4–5 pm Central Time

Information Session

Jerome staff presented information about the program, eligibility, application, and review process and criteria). This was followed by a Q&A with attendees. The recording of this session can be viewed at https://youtu.be/Rzro-O27vYo.

Mar 22, 4–5 pm Central Time

Live Q&A Session

Bring your questions about the program and application to this session with Jerome staff. The hour-long session will be held Wednesday, March 22, 2023, 4–5 pm Central Time This session will be held on Zoom—mark your calendar and join using this link: https://bit.ly/mn-ad-23-qa

no later than Mar 31

Deadline to contact Jerome staff to review budget or with eligibility questions

Applicants are required to have a phone conversation with Jerome staff prior to applying, to ensure that the mentorship plan and budget request meets the program focus. Go to https://bit.ly/fvdp-23-qs to schedule an appointment.

Apr 13 by 4 pm Central Time


Applications must be submitted by Thursday, April 13, 2023 by 4 pm Central Time. Late applications are not accepted and any changes to an application may not be made after the deadline, as the review process begins immediately.

no later than Oct 13, 2023

Notification of grant status

Nov 9, 2023–Apr 10, 2025

Funds paid to grantees


Zoom and Video Resources

Informational Webinar

Jerome staff presented information about both the Production and Artist Development grant programs (06:58), eligibility (10:14), application (24:05), and review process and criteria (35:02). This was followed by a Q&A with attendees (44:56). This session took place on January 25, 2023.


Live Q&A Session

Bring your questions about the program and application to this session with Jerome staff. The hour-long session will be held Wednesday, March 22, 2023, 4–5 pm Central Time This session will be held on Zoom—mark your calendar and join using this link: https://bit.ly/mn-ad-23-qa

Workshop Videos

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Best practices for creating a CV that helps a review panel understand your work and experiences.

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Best practices for work sample submissions for this program, and how you might apply them to other grant programs.

Contact Jerome Staff

The Foundation encourages applicants to contact Foundation Staff to ask questions and to discuss potential applications. Staff are generally available Monday through Friday between 9:30 am and 4:30 pm Eastern Time.


Phone Appointments

Applicants are required to have a phone conversation with Jerome staff prior to applying, to ensure that the budget request meets the program requirements. Go to https://bit.ly/fvdp-23-qs to schedule an appointment.

Staff is available to help artists with eligibility or application questions. To sign up for a 20-minute appointment, go to https://bit.ly/fvdp-23-qs




Contact Program Director Eleanor Savage ([email protected]) or Lara Mimosa Montes ([email protected]) with questions regarding the intent of the program and for clarification on eligibility. Contact Grants and Program Administrator Andrea Brown ([email protected], 651-925-5615) with any questions about the online system or technical issues.

Please note that this page uses the term “films” to refer to film, video and/or digital projects.

The Program

The MN Artist Development grant program had its first round in 2021, and there were 10 applications.

We anticipate giving up to 3 grants in this round.

The Foundation has supported film projects since its founding in 1964. Please find information about Jerome-funded projects on our website: https://www.jeromefdn.org/past-grantees?grant_type=21&discipline=23

The grantee search can also filter by year and by Minnesota and/or New York City.


No, it is too early for you to apply. We hope that you will apply after completing and publicly screening your first project if you are then still eligible and interested in support.

Please first complete the eligibility quiz to make sure you are eligible. Completing that quiz will clarify whether you meet our eligibility requirements. We also urge you to attend an information session. If you still have questions, please contact Jerome staff prior to applying.

Additionally, you should consider your production timeline. You will need to receive the funds and schedule your mentorship activities in the 18-month grant period from November 2023 through April 2025.

This program’s highest priority is support directors in their 2nd-5th year. While directors working in their 5th-10th year are eligible, they will be a lower priority for panels unless they can explain why they should still be considered at the earliest part of the early career range. Such directors should look carefully at the full Production Grants guidelines before deciding whether to apply for this Development grant. Directors may apply in one program or the other, but not in both.

The Foundation in specific circumstances is intentionally flexible to a degree with directors who may be past their 5th year and still consider themselves in need of a mentorship program. The numbers of opportunities afforded to directors may differ significantly based on discipline, race/ethnicity, class, gender, physical ability and geography among other factors. We also recognize that some directors may experience enormous success and move past early career status well before their 5th year, for example. If you have received significant support in the past or if you are past your 5th year, you should consult Jerome program staff no later than March 31, 2023 to verify your eligibility before you submit an application.

Yes, if you have established your primary residency in Minnesota, are still a resident at the application deadline and plan to continue to be a resident in Minnesota through April 2025.

Anyone who has an SSN (social security number) or an ITIN (Individual Taxpayer Identification Number) is eligible to apply—this includes DACA recipients and most types of VISA recipients. Individuals who do not have an SSN or an ITIN are not eligible to apply.

No. This is not a production grant. See the grant guidelines for more details on the artist development activities for which grant funds may be used.

No. The program only supports independent work directed by the applicant. This type of work cannot be proposed as the basis of a project for which funding is requested.

No. This program’s exclusive focus is moving image media, which includes narrative, experimental, documentary, and animation.

No. The artist development grant is awarded only once to a director. You can however apply to the Production grant program in a future round with the same project provided reporting requirements are complete. You may apply for one or the other of these opportunities, but not both, within the same program year.

No. This is an individual artist grant program, and the application must come from you, not from an organization. If you are selected for a grant, funds must be distributed directly to you as an individual or directly to your single-proprietor LLC (if relevant).

No. Film directors who have received a MN Film, Video and Digital Artist Development grant, a Film, Video or Digital Production grant, a Jerome@Camargo grant or a Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship grant are not eligible to apply.

The Application

No. Only work samples from projects that you directed may be submitted. If you do not have at least one completed project that you have directed, you are not yet eligible to apply for Jerome support.

While the online system does allow you to exceed written and video samples/narrative limits, you are strongly discouraged from doing so. We require panels to review only the amount of material captured in the suggested limit fields. Past panels have often interpreted excessive explanations as an indication of lack of focus. Additionally, in a discipline where the ability to present “the pitch” is an important professional skill, panels expect you to be able to offer condensed, precise presentation as part of your viable professional skills.

No. You may submit only one application per round, regardless of the number of projects you may be working on in the potential grant period. If you submit an application as an individual, you cannot apply separately with a co-directing team, and no members of a co-directing team be a part of more than one application. If you submit more than one application or if your name appears as an applicant in more than one application, all applications you submitted and in which you are named will be deemed ineligible.

If you apply in the MN Artist Development program, you may not apply to the MN Production grant program. Both applications will be deemed ineligible.

No. Panels are asked to make their judgments based on the work samples and materials as provided in the application. We believe the benefit these letters may offer is outweighed by the burden they place on you to request them, references to write them, and staff or applicants to make sure they have been submitted.

Only if you are a finalist and discussed by the full panel. We ask busy professionals in the film, video and digital production arts world to serve as panelists and to review many applications before identifying those artists they want to consider finalists to be discussed at the full panel meeting. Asking them to provide written critiques of each individual applicant they review would impose an enormous burden on their time.

At the panel meeting, staff take notes during discussions and subsequently provide feedback to the finalists who are discussed (if you choose to make a follow-up appointment to receive that feedback).

We will not, however, be able to offer non-finalists feedback on their applications, beyond general trends of what made applications more or less competitive.

We know that the community of artists can be a small one, and we are diligent in ensuring that no one with a conflict of interest is part of the decision-making process on an application with whom they have professional or personal relationships. That said, professional relationships have been damaged when someone perceives that they have been rejected by a panel that included someone they thought was a supporter, even though that person was not allowed to be part of the decision-making process.

Past panelists have also expressed a preference to be protected from direct lobbying, mailings, personal appeals and/or receiving additional materials that can be sent their way when their role as a panelist is known. We have, therefore, made a conscious decision to protect the confidentiality of panelists—a decision affirmed by the Foundation’s Board of Directors. In assembling a panel, we work hard to capture the diversity of each field, in terms of identity, aesthetic expression, the many genres within a particular field, understanding of and relationship with early career artists, and geographic location.

At the same time, we want to ensure your confidence in the panels and their qualifications to consider artistic work. We therefore periodically post a comprehensive list of panelists we have used for past selection processes in multiple programs on our website, even while we do not link a specific panelist to a specific program or year. The panel composition changes annually, so knowing the identity of the panel in a given year does not provide insight into who will serve in the next round.

Many artists have told us that seeing the roster of the grantees, not of the panelists, is the most helpful information in deciding whether they wish to apply again in a future round. Past grantees may also be viewed on our website.

Panels are constructed to include leaders in the film, video and digital production field based in Minnesota as well as those working within the national sphere. All panels are constructed to ensure that no single race or ethnicity constitutes a majority or even half of the panel.


This grant prioritizes the self-designed mentorship activities for early career filmmakers and should not be considered as supplemental production funding. You may not use the funds for production. Budgets submitted with your application need to outline how you plan to use the funds to advance your skills as a director. Artist development activities can inform and enhance your project, though expenses are not intended solely for production. Expenses included in your budget must tie to artist development and outline what you intend to do to advance your skills. Equipment purchases are capped at 25% of the total amount requested.

Because of these requirements, we require that you have a phone conversation with Jerome staff prior to applying. Go to https://bit.ly/fvdp-23-qs to schedule an appointment.