New York
City Film,
Video and
Digital
Production
Grant

Applications Open
Jan 14, 2021
Deadline to Apply
Apr 21, 2021 at 5 pm Eastern
Notification of Award
no later than October 15, 2021

Bronx Documentary Center, BDC Films.

Download a PDF of the guidelines

Image of a face being scanned on a computer.

Shalini Kantayya, Coded Bias

Grant Basics

Production grants of up to $30,000 for all stages of production, supporting early career film, video and digital production directors.

Directors must reside in the five boroughs of New York City and work in the animation, documentary, experimental or narrative genres, or in any combination of these forms.

The expansion to all stages of production, including pre-production costs as eligible, is new for this program round.

The program does not fund retroactively: only costs incurred after the grant is awarded and a grant contract is signed will be supported. Grantees must accept all grant funds between November 11, 2021 and April 13, 2023.

Program Timeline

Jan 14, 2021

Online application opens

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

Wed, Jan 20, 2021 at 4 pm Eastern

Webinar with program staff

RSVP for the live event at https://us02web.zoom.us/s/87644843797?pwd=bzVQZlRXNkE5K255OVhnUzZzQ1FSQT09 or watch a recording on-demand on the Jerome Foundation website following the live event.

Wed, Feb 17, 2021 at 4 pm Eastern

Q&A Session with Program Staff

Ask any questions you have about the application. Use this link to join the meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84241270606?pwd=d04xYWdUT29kbnREMDFSZSs0aE5Xdz09

Wed, Mar 24, 2021 at 4 pm Eastern

Q&A Session with Program Staff

Ask any questions you have about the application. Use this link to join the meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84241270606?pwd=d04xYWdUT29kbnREMDFSZSs0aE5Xdz09

Wed, Apr 7, 2021 at 4 pm Eastern

Q&A Session with Program Staff

Ask any questions you have about the application. Use this link to join the meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84241270606?pwd=d04xYWdUT29kbnREMDFSZSs0aE5Xdz09

Wed, Apr 21, 2021 at 5pm Eastern

Deadline for applications

Late applications are not accepted.

No later than Oct 15, 2021

Notification of grant status

Staff will not have status updates on the application in advance of this date.

between Nov 11, 2021 and Apr 13, 2023

Funds will be paid to filmmakers

Please note: only costs incurred after the grant is awarded and a grant contract is signed will be supported.

Additional Program Requirements

  • Filmmakers provided with support through this program must receive all grant funds and begin production by April 13, 2023. Exceptions to this policy, whatever the reason, must be approved in advance by staff and requested before March 13, 2023.
  • Grantees may not substitute a different project than the project in the application for which a grant was received. 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.
  • If a grantee has abandoned or delayed the proposed project beyond April 13, 2023, the Foundation may cancel the grant and require the refund of any funds already distributed and not spent.
  • The Foundation does not fund retroactively. If an applicant completes the proposed project between applying and the award date, no funding will be awarded.
  • Grantees are required to submit a progress report at the end of every year in which grant funds are received. Grantees must also complete a final project report when the project has been completed (or abandoned). Grantees are ineligible to apply for additional support in this grant program until the final report for this grant is approved.
  • Grants are considered taxable income. Grantees must provide a social security number or ITIN to the Foundation. All grantees are listed in the Jerome Foundation's annual tax return, which is a public document and is posted on the Foundation’s website. For more information on public access to the tax returns of foundations, please contact Foundation staff.

Eligibility Requirements Overview

Please read these requirements carefully and take the Eligibility Questionnaire. The application will not be considered if the applicant does not fit the eligibility requirements. If there are questions or doubts regarding eligibility, please contact Foundation staff and we will advise: we do not want any artist to spend time on an application that is rejected due to issues of eligibility.

Who is eligible to apply?

These programs support early career film directors who have in the past and will in the future generate new work; who claim creative “authorship” and creative control in the creation that new work; and whose primary practice is centered in creating new work either in animation, documentary, experimental, or narrative film, video and digital production, or in a combination of these forms.

The Foundation understands that, especially at an early stage, artists may do more than direct: they may also act, design, write, edit and/or produce. Artists who perform multiple functions are eligible only if these functions also include directing. This program is not open to film producers, screenwriters, editors, designers, etc., unless they also meet the eligibility requirements related to directing past work and are directing the proposed project.

Early career directors have some evidence of professional achievement but not a substantial record of accomplishment and are recognized as early career artists by other artists, curators, producers, critics, and arts administrators. Applicants whose filmography is entirely self-presented and who have no additional support through grants, public screenings produced or sponsored by others and/or competitive prizes should contact Jerome staff prior to April 1, 2021 to discuss eligibility.

At a minimum, applicants must have directed and completed at least two film/video/digital production projects. This is not a program for first-time filmmakers. Applicants must serve as the director(s) of the proposed project (i.e., must be listed in the film credits as the director).

Applications are only accepted from individuals or co-directing teams applying jointly. Applications may not be submitted by fiscal sponsors, production companies or other organizations. Individuals with a single user or sole proprietor LLC may direct the funds to their LLC. Funds may not however be directed to a Partnership LLC.

  • If applying as an individual, applicants must have prior sole directing credit on at least two film/video/digital production projects. Projects done as part of a co-directing team will not count towards eligibility and may not be used as work samples unless applying as a co-directing team (see below). Applicants must meet the eligibility requirements.
  • If applying as a co-directing team, applicants must have credits on at least two prior film/video/digital production projects that they have already co-directed together. Projects completed individually or co-directed with anyone other than the co-directing partner for the application do not count towards the minimum of two credits to meet eligibility and may not be used as work samples.

Co-directors must submit a single application and will share the grant funds equally. In order to submit an application, all co-directors must meet all of the eligibility requirements for filmmakers applying individually and have a demonstrated history of creating new work. Only eligible co-directing filmmakers may be included in the application. For example, a producer or cinematographer cannot be included in the application.

All individual applicants or all members applying as part of a co-directing team must meet all eligibility requirements listed below.

Eligible Artists are:

Residents of New York City for one year at time of application

Residency is determined by applicants having filed their most recent federal taxes as a resident of one of the five boroughs of New York City and will file in New York City in 2021; and have either a Social Security Number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN).

  • COVID-related temporary relocation (for artists who were New York City residents in 2019, relocated in 2020 because of COVID but intend to return to New York City in 2021). An applicant who filed federal taxes for 2019 as a New York City resident, has spent most of 2020 away from New York City because of COVID-related circumstances (whether economic or medical) but plans to re-establish residence in New York City before July 1, 2021, is eligible in terms of residency.
  • Exceptions for artists who are relocating to New York City from prior established residence in Minnesota. A director who filed federal taxes for 2019 as a MN resident but will not file federal taxes for 2020 as a MN resident (apart from those citing the COVID exception above) is eligible to apply, if, and only if, the applicant has moved or will move to New York City from the state of Minnesota and will file federal taxes in NYC for 2021. If an applicant is planning to move to New York City from Minnesota before October 2021, they should apply in the New York City program and not in the Minnesota program.

Please note however that an applicant filed federal taxes for 2020 (or 2019 if the COVID exception applies) as a New York resident but plans to relocate to Minnesota before October 2021, they should apply in the Minnesota program. Please note that the Minnesota program has a different structure and requirements than the NYC program.

 

Film Directors* who are currently creating new original work

* Film Directors are those who conceive and create new original work. Jerome does not fund artists who solely perform or develop/produce the work of others (e.g., actors, editors, cinematographers, screenwriters and producers who are not also film directors).

Film Directors must have directed two completed film, video or digital production projects over which they have creative control. These projects cannot have been in production and/or post-production while the applicant was enrolled in a degree-granting program or music videos, commercial or industrial work.

Filmmakers must have at least one work on their resume/CV that has been supported by a presenting organization (e.g., film festival or screening series) or funder (for a project grant from either a foundation or a federal, state or local arts agency). Work that has screened only on an online screening platform is eligible as long as there has been a competitive selection process. Work that has been screened publicly only through a filmmaker’s own platforms or through un-curated, “sign up” or “first come first served” formats is not eligible. Commercial or industrial work over which the filmmaker does not have creative control cannot be considered as evidence of eligibility and cannot be the focus of a grant project.

 

Artists early in their career°

° Early career artists are, in general, typically in their 2nd to 10th year of creative practice, post-degree-granting program (if applicable). This spectrum is framed by film directors with some track record of creating and presenting full work (not beginning, first-time directors), and who are NOT at a point in their careers where they receive consistent development and production opportunities and significant recognition, awards, and acclaim (not mid-career or established film directors).

Artists beyond 10 years in the field who wish to discuss eligibility—based on circumstances (whether personal or geographic) or on specific creative practice considerations (i.e., the scale of work and/or extended creative cycles necessary to complete a single work)—should contact Jerome program staff before April 1, 2021 to discuss eligibility in advance of submitting an application.

 

Creating bold, innovative and risk-taking~ new work that explores and/or challenges conventional artistic forms

~ Innovation and risk-taking are Jerome Foundation values that reflect our interest in supporting artists from diverse backgrounds and experiences who are expanding or deepening ways of working, asking questions, and inspiring new ways of imagining.

The following are not eligible to apply:
  • artists enrolled as a full-time student in a degree-granting education program or plan to enter a degree program during the grant period
  • artists whose primary goals and practice are to interpret the works of others
  • artists whose primary goals and practice have been and will be as actors, cinematographers, editors, screenwriters, critics, producers or scholars
  • artists working in other artistic disciplines who want to make film or video versions of their work, such as choreographers or composers, who do not also have a history as a director of new original film or video work
  • arts administrators
  • producers
  • managers
  • artist representatives/agents
  • current Jerome grantees who are not up-to-date and compliant on reporting requirements
  • filmmakers who have already received a Jerome production grant support for a project and are looking for additional support for that same project
  • an applicant appearing on more than one application
  • full-time tenured faculty at any college, university or institution of higher learning
  • filmmakers who have completed, released and have in distribution more than two feature-length films (running time of 50+ minutes or more). As a general rule, completion, release and distribution of two feature films will be an indication that a filmmaker may be too far advanced to qualify for Jerome early-career support. Artists who have completed/released two features should talk to Jerome staff to discuss eligibility more fully before submitting an application.

Please take the Eligibility Questionnaire to determine whether you are eligible for these programs before you begin an application. The Eligibility Questionnaire contains more detail around the resume/CV and work sample requirements, and how the Jerome Foundation defines early career artists.

Eligible projects include:
  • New short, episodic or full-length film, video and digital production work either in the genres of animation, documentary, experimental, and narrative, or in a combination of these forms. The Foundation has no preferences for subject matter or genre (i.e., documentary over narrative or animation).
  • All stages of production are eligible, but projects that will not begin production by April 13, 2023 should apply in a future round.
  • Applicants are expected to demonstrate their experience and capacity for the proposed story or content. Depending on the subject matter, this may require the applicant to demonstrate an understanding of and authentic relationship with the people or communities involved in the work. Especially in the review of documentary proposals, panelists are interested in the degree to which relationships with the film subjects/content has been developed.
Ineligible projects include:
  • Artists working seeking support for installation, new media, games or interactive work. This type of work is supported in other Foundation programs and is not eligible for this program.
  • Filmmakers applying for projects that have already received production grant support through this program.
  • Filmmakers working solely on commercial, industrial, informational and music videos over which they do not have final creative control. Such projects fall outside of Foundation priorities and are not eligible in any Foundation program for support.
Funds may be used for

Pre-production, including:

  • Location scouting
  • Hiring cast and crew
  • Permitting & Insurance
  • Finalize rentals agreements
  • Website development

Production, including:

  • Shooting
  • Rehearsals
  • Location fees
  • Equipment rental or purchase
  • Travel (transportation, lodging, per diem costs)
  • Staffing (creative, technical or otherwise)

Post-production expenses, including:

  • Editing
  • DCP Master
  • Transfers and conversions
  • Securing rights and licensing
  • Scoring/sound mix
  • CGI/titling
  • Translators/subtitling
  • Special effects
  • Color correction

Distribution expenses, including:

  • Creation of trailers
  • Marketing
  • Screenings
  • Community Engagement
  • Attending pitch sessions
  • Distribution costs
  • Festival fees
Funds may not be used for
  • Study in degree-granting programs
  • Commercial or promotional productions

Applications must be submitted using Submittable, our online application platform. Go to https://jeromefdn.submittable.com/ and select New York City Film, Video and Digital Production Grant (2021) to begin the application.

Family greeting each other at the JFK airport.

Ekwa Msangi, Farewell Amor.

Applications must be submitted no later than Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 5 pm Eastern. Late applications will not be accepted.

Applicants are asked to provide information in the application that demonstrates their artistic merit, including their dedication to and artistic accomplishments thus far, the potential impact of a grant on their careers and their artistic field, and feasibility of the project being completed. Panelists prioritize applicants in alignment with Jerome’s values (diversity, innovation/risk and humility).

Application materials include:

  • Work samples (specific instructions provided in the application criteria document) accompanied by additional contextual and factual information.
  • Responses to questions which you may answer in writing or via video. Recommended maximum word/time lengths are given for each question and artists are strongly urged to not exceed the maximum.
  • Resume or CV.

Panelists consider all elements of the application (and only those elements) and are not required to consider materials beyond the recommended lengths in work samples or narrative answers. Panelists do not visit websites or social media channels, or consider materials beyond those submitted by the applicant, even though they may bring their personal experience to bear if they have experienced work by the artist.

Informational Webinar

Jerome staff held a webinar to review the program and application process, in addition to a Q&A on January 20, 2021. Here is a recording of the event (with closed captions).

Q&A Sessions

Bring your questions to these open “office hours” with Jerome staff. Sessions will be held on Zoom—mark your calendar and use this link to join the meeting!

  • Wednesday, February 17 at 4 pm Eastern
  • Wednesday, March 24 at 4 pm Eastern
  • Wednesday, April 7 at 4 pm Eastern

Staff Contacts

The Foundation encourages applicants to contact Foundation Staff to ask questions and to discuss potential applications. Staff are generally available Monday through Friday between 10 am and 5:30 pm Eastern Time.

Inspired by our founder, Jerome Hill, the Jerome Foundation has a long history of supporting filmmakers. In 1965, the Foundation made its first grant to an individual, filmmaker Stan Brakhage, in the form of an annual fellowship. Jerome Hill also initiated a long period of support for Jonas Mekas’ Anthology Film Archives in New York City.

In 1978, the Foundation’s support for emerging/early career filmmakers in New York City was launched as a structured, annual grant program, providing production funds to individuals through an open application and independent panel review process.

In 1980, the Foundation’s support for emerging/early career film and video artists in Minnesota was launched as a structured, annual grant program with an open application and independent review process. The program was administered by Film in the Cities from 1980-1993; the Jerome Foundation assumed full responsibility for the program in 1994.

In 2014, the Foundation broadened its film and video production grant program to include digital works for virtual environments, open to artists working in the genres of experimental, narrative, documentary, and animation.

Jerome Hill with film reels

Jerome Hill. Photo by Michelangelo Durazzo.

The Program

In the most recent rounds, the New York City program has received on average 200 applications per round.

Because not all applicants request the same amount of money, the number of projects the panels can support changes from one year to the next. In recent years, on average, panels award a dozen grants each year, although this number can increase if successful applicants request less funding.

The Foundation has supported film projects since its founding in 1964. Please find information about Jerome-funded projects on our website (in the Past Grantees section).

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

Eligibility

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

Please first complete the eligibility questionnaire to make sure you eligible. Completing that questionnaire will clarify whether you meet our geographic requirements, are not enrolled in a degree granting program, and are an early career director and are eligible to apply.

Additionally, you should consider your production timeline. You will need to receive the funds and begin production within the 17-month grant period from November 11, 2021 through April 13, 2023.

You will also want to consider the Foundation’s program schedule. Project applications in this program will next re-open in 2023. Remembering that this project will be funded only once, is now the optimal time for you to apply? Would you be more competitive with better work samples, be able to confirm more accurately your costs and still fall within our early career definition in 2023 and therefore should wait? Or conversely will you have moved past our early career definition or be so close to completion of the project by then that you will have only incidental costs remaining and therefore should apply now?

Whichever decision you make will not impact your ability to apply for a 2023 Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship, if you are then still eligible.

The Foundation supports directors working in multiple genres, and given our value around innovation and risk, applauds experimentation. The Foundation understands that you as an artist might change direction and interests in your career. The challenge for panels in such a situation is being able to appreciate whether you have the skills and experience to move into a new form. It is important for you in your application to “connect the dots,” helping the panel appreciate how the past work should inspire such confidence that you can move in new directions. You should direct the panel’s attention to relevant elements that would inspire this confidence in the Work Sample Context fields for each of the work samples. You should also explain what groundwork has been laid, what skills have been developed, and/or what motives impel you to undertake this new direction. We strongly encourage you to answer the optional question in the application, “If this project is different than your past projects, please share your plan for moving in this new direction.”

The Foundation’s goal is to serve a spectrum of artists typically in their 2nd to 10th post-student (if applicable) year of creative practice as a director. This spectrum is designed to serve directors with some track record of creating and presenting full work (not beginning directors), and who are NOT at a point in their careers where they receive consistent development and production opportunities and significant recognition, awards, and acclaim (not mid-career or established artists).

The Foundation in specific circumstances is intentionally flexible to a degree at both ends of this time range. Some directors may experience enormous success and move past early career status well before their 5th year or 10th year. The number of opportunities afforded to other directors may differ significantly based on discipline, race/ethnicity, class, gender, physical ability and geography among other factors. Consequently, some directors may be past their 10th year and still be on the spectrum of early career status. If you have received significant support in the past or if you are past your 10th year, you should consult with Lann Briel before April 1 to verify your eligibility before you submit an application.

Yes, but please pay special attention to the following factors to make sure the application is eligible.

  • You and your co-director(s) must have completed at least one project together as a directing team and must be sharing the responsibility of directing the proposed project. All of the work samples must be directed by the directing team that is applying. Projects completed individually or co-directed with anyone outside of the current co-directing team are not eligible to submit as work samples and will not be considered.
  • If the co-director team includes both New York City and Minnesota applicants, the application should be filed in the state where the majority of the team will be living at the time the grant is awarded in October 2021. If the co-director team is evenly split between New York City and Minnesota artists, the application should be filed in the program where the team will spend the majority of its working time together.

Please note that the New York City and Minnesota programs have a number of differences: if you find you should apply in Minnesota, please read all of the Minnesota materials, including those guidelines and that FAQ.

Producers, writers, crew, or actors who do not also share responsibilities in co-directing and in sharing final creative control will not be recognized as a co-director and may not be named as applicants.

No, with two exceptions.

All three residency requirements must be met by your current residency—not by your family’s place of residence or your birthplace (e.g., if your family lives in New York City or you were born here, but now are a resident of another state, you may not apply).

  1. you filed your federal taxes for 2020 as a New York City resident,
  2. you still reside in New York City at the time of application and
  3. you will still be residing in New York City when the grant is awarded in October 2021.

All applicants who do not meet all three of these conditions will be deemed ineligible. However, there are two exceptions:

  • EXCEPTION #1: COVID-related temporary relocation (for artists who were New York City residents in 2019, relocated in 2020 because of COVID but intend to return to New York City in 2021). If you filed your federal taxes for 2019 as a New York City resident, have spent most of 2020 away from New York City because of COVID-related circumstances (whether economic or medical) but plan to re-establish residence in New York City before July 1, 2021, you may apply.
  • EXCEPTION #2: Exceptions for artists who are relocating to New York City from prior established residence in Minnesota. If you filed federal taxes for 2019 as a MN resident but will not file federal taxes for 2020 as a MN resident (apart from those citing the COVID exception above), you are eligible to apply, if, and only if, you have moved or will move to New York City from the state of Minnesota and will file federal taxes in NYC for 2021. If you are planning to move to New York City from Minnesota before October 2021, you should apply in the New York City program and not in the Minnesota program. Please note the grant guidelines for NYC program are different than those for the MN program.

Yes, if you have established your primary residency in New York City, are still a resident at the application deadline and plan to continue to be a resident in New York City through 2023.

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.

Only directors may submit applications and receive funding from the Foundation. While grantees may use funds for productions costs, fees to actors, producers, writers and crew, etc., the applicant must be the film director(s). Actors, producers, writers and crew may not submit their own applications.

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.

Yes. The panels have shown a great willingness to take on controversial subject matter and recommend grants to the Foundation’s Board.

Yes, non-traditional venues are not an issue for the Foundation—in addition to work screened in movie theaters, festivals or broadcast channels, ranging from commercial to public access, the Foundation also supports online distribution/presentation. The Foundation does not, however, support media work that is part of an installation/exhibition, unless the work is designed to be screened, broadcast or distributed as a film, video or digital production.

No, the program will only provide one grant per project.

Absolutely. That said, if your project has been rejected by two or more different panels, you are strongly advised to seek feedback and counsel from staff before applying with the same project yet again.

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).

Yes. However, you may not use funds from the Fellowship and from this project grant to support the same costs that are supported by that Fellowship.

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.

The Foundation does not support first-time filmmakers and prioritizes support for those filmmakers who demonstrate the capacity to complete at least two projects.

Resumes are a critical component of the evaluation. Resumes that are incomplete or confusing can lead the panel to reject your application, even before reviewing other parts of the application and your work samples. For specific information on what the resume must contain, see Application Questions for details and links to samples.

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 the applications you submitted and in which you are named 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 and might compromise the quality of the panelists willing to serve.

At the panel meeting, staff take notes during discussions and subsequently provide feedback to the finalists who are discussed. You can indicate in the application whether you would like to receive that feedback if you are a finalist.

We will not, however, be able to offer non-finalists feedback on their applications, beyond a general sense of the meeting itself and general trends of what made applications more or less competitive. If you are not selected for a grant, your rejection letter will specify whether you were a finalist or whether you were removed from consideration before the full panel met.

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, which is comprised of a majority of artists, women, and people of color. 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 New York City 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.

Budgets

Yes. Your fee is an allowable grant expense as long as the amount you request is not already being paid by other funders or supporters, and your fee can be included in the budget as part of the application.

Any budget, large or small, qualifies. You are expected to submit a fundraising plan for their project. For larger budget films, it is helpful to reference the funding levels for your past films as an indicator of your ability to secure the funds needed to produce the project.

Yes. It is rare that a Jerome grant will be able to cover all production costs. When assessing feasibility, panelists look for evidence that you have thought about where the remaining potential income will come from. We ask you to include both committed and pending income sources in the project budget you upload to the application (noting whether they are secured, pending, applied for but not yet confirmed, or yet to be requested). The application gives you the opportunity to explain your plan and any contingencies.

Panels recognize that Jerome funding can, on occasion, be the first confirmed funding for a project and can then help secure or leverage additional funds. Secured funding, therefore, is not required. At the same time, panels are charged with investing grant funds in viable projects that are likely to move forward. Providing a list of other secured and/or potential funds gives the panel an indication of how realistic your planning for the project has been and how likely the project is to move forward. Projects with no backup funding sources or with inflated or unrealistic expectations about other contributors are unlikely to fare well in the review process.

Grant Payments

No. Eligible costs must be incurred after the grant is awarded.

If you receive a grant, you will be required to sign a grant agreement with the Foundation and (if you receive less than you requested) submit a revised plan outlining intended use of grant funds before money can be released. We anticipate first funds will be distributed no earlier than November 11, 2021, and all eligible costs must be incurred to be performed and paid after that date. Payments are made through direct deposit. Typically, the time necessary to process the contract and establish a direct deposit account takes a minimum of three weeks. The Jerome Foundation’s payment dates are the third Mondays of each month, excepting April when no payments are made. For the sake of planning, applicants should not expect to receive funds before November 11, 2021 at the earliest.

Yes, these grants are considered taxable income by the Internal Revenue Service. In addition, grantee names and city of residence are required to be listed in the Jerome Foundation’s annual tax return, which is a public document and is posted on the Foundation’s website. If grantees prefer, a P.O. Box may be provided in addition to a home address for the purposes of public reporting.