Grants to Minnesota and New York City Nonprofits to Support
Early Stage, Professional Artists or Artistic Groups
Early Stage, Professional Artists or Artistic Groups
Foundation / Corporation
Grants averaging $25,000 to Minnesota and New York City nonprofit organizations for activities, programs, and services that support early stage artists, collectives, or ensembles. A preliminary application is due September 14, 2017. Funding is intended to support artists at a relatively early and still formative stage in hopes of providing them “footing” within their respective fields. Organizations may submit an application in either of the following categories:
Creative Research and Development:
These grants offer support for residency programs, mentorship programs, and/or services that benefit multiple artists, ensembles or collectives as described below. Organizations may apply for a single program/service/activity, or for multiple programs/services/activities within the same application. Such services may include but are not limited to research, convenings and technical development programs, or a combination. Organizations that apply in this category do not offer full public presentations of completed new work in any program/service/activity for which they are requesting Jerome support.
Creation and Production of New Work:
These grants support programs (including re-grant programs, fellowships, and commissioning programs) that culminate in premiere exhibitions, publications or productions by the grantee organization and that represent significant opportunities for multiple artists, collectives or ensembles to advance their work and their visibility. Organizations may apply for a single program/service/activity, or for multiple programs/services/activities within the same application. Organizations that apply in this category must offer full public premiere presentations of completed new work in at least one program/service/activity (although not necessarily all) for which Jerome support is requested. Development work and productions of new work that has already premiered elsewhere will not be supported unless the applicant organization has been part of the originating commissioning and development team. Mentorship, residency or workshop programs that do not include fully realized and produced/ exhibited/published public presentation of new work should apply in the Creative Research and Development program.
Up to 15% of the grant funds may be applied to indirect administrative costs for supported programs. Additionally, up to 10% can be requested to support long-term capacity development connected to serving early career artists. This may include but is not limited to research, equipment purchase, amplification of existing cash reserves or endowments, change capital funds, and/or debt reduction.
In their consideration, panelists consider only the following four criteria:
- The merit of the programs/services/activities, as indicated by the narrative, work sample(s), quality of alumni, demonstration of ongoing support for vocational artists in the early stages of their creative development, and level of distinctiveness and responsiveness to artists within its field;
- The quality of planning and feasibility of the programs/services/activities, as indicated by the budget, the organization’s overall financial health, quality of program leadership and specificity of program detail;
- The potential impact of the programs/services/activities in contributing to artistic development and career of eligible artists as indicated by the organization’s program history for eligible artists.
- The organization’s commitment to at least one of Jerome’s core values
The Foundation’s core values are:
- 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 variety of contexts and for different audiences.
- Innovation/Risk: We support artists and organizations that push the boundaries of their respective disciplines, and applaud unconventional approaches to solving problems.
- Humility: We work for artists (rather than the reverse) 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. The artists we support embrace their roles as part of a larger community of artists and citizens, and consciously work with a sense of purpose, whether aesthetic, social or both.
The average level of funding is $25,000/year, with a general range of a minimum of $15,000-$20,000/year to a maximum of $75,000-100,000/year. Grants for single programs will rarely exceed $40,000/year, while grants for multiple programs will rarely exceed $75,000/year. Only in the most exceptional cases, if at all, will grants be smaller or larger than these minimums or maximums.
All requests should be for a two-year period, unless specifically otherwise advised by the Foundation. Funding can begin once grant agreements have been signed, on or after May 1, 2018.
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 City;
- Offer ongoing programs, services and activities for vocational, generative artists, collectives or ensembles in the early stages of their creative development (as opposed to avocational, academic, amateur or educational interpretive or technical artists) to develop, create, and/or produce/exhibit/publish new works as described in greater detail above;
- Offer additional programs, services and activities for Jerome-eligible artists, collectives or ensembles beyond the program(s) for which Jerome support is requested;
- Compensate staff and artists above and beyond any reimbursement costs for participation;
- Offer an open application process for participation in Jerome-funded programs or use curators, nominators or staff with active, regular and broad engagement with Jeromeeligible artists as described above.
Highest priority will be given to organizations which have a demonstrated history of serving such artists, collectives or ensembles for at least three prior years to the time of application and whose values are consistent with one or more of Jerome’s core values.
Start-ups or organizations with less than three years will be considered only if they are able to demonstrate that the programs/services/activities fill a unique need(s) that otherwise are unaddressed by already existing programs, services and activities. Start-ups and organizations in their first three years that merely expand the number of opportunities or whose primary claim is in enhancing the quality of existing opportunities will not be considered.
Organizations that have not previously received Jerome funding are eligible to apply as long as they meet the organization eligibility requirements.
The Foundation supports organizations with ongoing programs, services or activities for artists, collectives or ensembles who meet all the following descriptors:
- Artists, collectives or ensembles who see the arts as an ongoing vocation, rather than as a hobby, pastime or occasional pursuit; and who have already completed their training, if they have decided to pursue formal training at all;
- Artists, collectives or ensembles who at the time of application have generated, completed and publicly presented/exhibited/published work in the discipline in which support is requested;
- Artists (e.g. writers, choreographers, visual artists, film/video/digital production directors, new media artists, theater directors who generate new works, performance artists, playwrights, spoken word artists, composers and sound artists), collectives or ensembles whose primary goal is to generate new works, as opposed to remounting or re-interpreting existing works;
- Artists, collectives or ensembles who expand the genre, form or social boundaries/audience for the discipline in which they work;
- Artists who are in the early stages of their creative development;
- Artists, collectives or ensembles who have a focused direction and goals, even while still developing their artistic “voice”;
- Artists, collectives or ensembles who have yet to be substantially celebrated within their field, the media, funding circles or the public at large;
- Artists, collective or ensembles who 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 a year prior to the submission of an application.
The Jerome Foundation does not support “one-off” projects, (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.).
It also does not support programs, projects or services that serve entirely or primarily:
- Students who are or will be at the time of application and during the grant period enrolled in degree-granting programs (including K-12, college, graduate or post graduate studies);
- Artists who are engaged in the arts as a hobby or avocational pastime;
- Artists who interpret, perform, edit, or design the work of others (e.g. singers, dancers, actors, musicians, editors, journalists, designers in sets/lights/costumes/sound, editors, arrangers) but who do not also have a significant history of generating new work in accordance with guidelines;
- Managers, administrators, builders or technicians who do not also have a significant history of generating new work in accordance with guidelines;
- Artists, collectives or ensembles who do not seek to expand the aesthetic or social boundaries/audience of the form or genre in which they work;
- Artists, collectives or ensembles who have yet to clearly define their artistic ambitions and are still in an exploratory period still searching for a focus.
- Artists who do not currently live in either the state of Minnesota or New York City, and who did not consider one or both their legal residence for the year leading up to the application.
Given the emphasis on funding artists at a relatively early and still formative stage in hopes of providing them “footing” within their respective fields, the Jerome Foundation additionally does not support:
- Artists, collectives or ensembles who already have a fully developed/mature artistic “voice” in any discipline versus achievement within a single discipline.
- Artists, collective or ensembles who have already been substantially celebrated within their field, the media, funding circles or the public at large in any discipline, including but not limited to the discipline for which support is requested.
Additionally, the Foundation does not support:
- Arts education programs
- Amateur artists, student groups, hobbyists
- Endowments and/or cash reserves for organizations as the primary grant purpose
- Buildings, endowments, or capital for arts organizations
- Training and conservatory programs
- New original work that does not push the form or social boundaries/audiences forward
- Documentation of work as the primary grant purpose
- Marketing and audience development grants for specific organizations
- Fundraising and anniversary campaigns or projects
- Programs or opportunities that charge an application fee for artists
- Projects/festivals that revisit, remount, reprint, adapt or reinterpret previously created work
- In general, the Foundation does not fund the development and production of an artist, collaborative or ensemble’s new project through more than one organization. Cocommissioners and co-developers of a particular project should contact the Foundation directly to discuss options.
An informational webinar will be held on June 28, 2017 at 12 noon Central Time. Advance registration is required - see Contact Information for the link to register.
Attendance at webinars is encouraged for applicants who wish to receive detailed information about the program or ask specific questions about their programs
You can also watch the webinar held on May 25, 2017 on the RFP URL, in which Jerome staff reviewed the new guidelines and held a Q and A session.
Matching funds from additional sources are not required, but are encouraged.
- Online Step 1/preliminary application cycle opens: June 15, 2017
- Step 1/preliminary application deadline: September 14, 2017
- Step 2/full applications invited: No later than October 16, 2017
- Deadline for Step 2/full applications: November 30, 2017
- Notification of awards: Between March 15-April 9, 2018
- Next application cycle opens: Spring/Summer 2019
Early Career/Emerging Artist Eligibility: https://www.jeromefdn.org/apply/organization-grants/artist-eligibility
Application process: https://www.jeromefdn.org/apply/organization-grants/application-process
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Register for the informational webinar online:
Register and submit the preliminary application online:
The Foundation encourages applicants to contact Foundation staff to ask questions and to discuss potential applications. Please contact any of the following staff members with questions regarding the intent of the program and for clarification of program goals/procedures.
- President, Ben Cameron - email@example.com
- Program Director, Eleanor Savage - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Program Officer, Venessa Fuentes - email@example.com
Contact Grants Administrator Andrea Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about the online system or technical issues. Staff may also be contacted by telephone (651-224-9431) between 9:00 AM and 4:30 PM Central Time, Mondays through Fridays (excepting holidays).
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