Overview of Foundation

Jerome Foundation Grantmaking Overview 2008-2013

•     Average Annual Grantmaking Budget:  $2.94 million

•     Geographic Restrictions:  Organizations and artists in the State of Minnesota and the five boroughs of New York City.  The dollars split approximately 53% in Minnesota and 47% in New York City over the five  years.  

•     Average Grant Size:    

$27,048       (organizations)       Average Number of Grants Authorized Annually: 90

$  7,683        (individuals)       Average Number of Grants Authorized Annually: 66

•     Distribution of Grant Dollars by Discipline for Fiscal Years 2007-2012:

Dance 8%

Literature 11%

Film, Video, New Media 17%

Music 9%

Miscellaneous 2%

Multidisciplinary 15%

Theater 13%

Visual Arts 16%

•      The Jerome Foundation supports the creation of new works by emerging artists.  Artistic quality/potential is the primary review criterion.

•      Three Programs, 25% of grant dollars, provide funds directly to individuals.  There are two production grant programs for Minnesotaand New York City film and video artists and a Travel and Study Grant program for Minnesota and New York City artists.

•      The remainder, 75% of grant dollars, is awarded to nonprofit arts organizations for programs that advance the work of emergingcreative artists: choreographers, literary artists, performance artists, playwrights, composers, visual artists and multidisciplinaryartists.

•      The focus on emerging artists supports those who have significant potential yet are under-recognized and have not receivedacknowledgement as established creators from fellow artists and other arts professionals.

•      The Jerome Foundation gives preference to artist-driven programs and projects.  Artists and unincorporated ensembles who producetheir own works are eligible for grants.

•       No funds are available for building/property acquisition and renovation, equipment purchase and endowment. 

•      Preference is given to ongoing programs that serve artists, provide professional-level opportunities, ensure adequate payment forartists, and utilize open and inclusive procedures for identifying and selecting artists.


Step 1/preliminary application for Organization Grants is now open. The deadline is September 14, 2017.

The application for the New York City and Minnesota Film,Video, and Digital Production Grant Program is now open. The deadline is August 24, 2017.

The Travel and Study Grant Program application will open September 1, 2017. The deadline is December 7, 2017.

Learn more about the programs via the links above or go to the login page to start your application.


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