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Grants and Fellowships to USA Artists, Scholars, and Nonprofits in Upper
Midwestern States to Preserve and Present Scandinavian Culture

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American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF)

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Grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 and fellowships ranging from $3,000 to $10,000 to USA artists, scholars, and organizations in Upper Midwestern states for projects that perpetuate Scandinavian cultural traditions and folk arts. Eligible states include North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Funding is intended to encourage both the practice of folk arts and its presentation to public audiences. Two categories of support will be available: fellowships for artists and/or scholars and grants for public programs and community projects.

The American-Scandinavian Foundation is committed to celebrating and preserving Nordic (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sápmi, Sweden) cultures throughout the United States. Broadly defined, folk arts are expressions of community identity and values. They are cultivated informally among individuals by word of mouth or example. Whether practicing a traditional craft, art, technical or occupational skill; performing music or dance; or marking important moments of life or the year with special foods or customs, folk arts are deeply rooted in community life. They foster creativity and transmit cultural values that affirm community ties.

Fellowships for artists and/or scholars will:
- Deepen the skills of master artists.
- Foster relationships among masters of artistic and technical skills and their apprentices, thereby encouraging the development of traditional skills, as well as the perpetuation of skills from generation to generation.

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Grants for public programs and community projects will:
- Encourage the perpetuation of Scandinavian cultural traditions through the support of community events, such as festivals, celebrations, and heritage events as well as workshops, performances, classes, and demonstrations
- Heighten the visibility of Scandinavian folk traditions by creating innovative community projects with wide visibility and public appeal.

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GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182867

Estimated Size of Grant:

Fellowships for individuals will range from $3,000 to $10,000
Grants for public programs and community projects will range from $5,000 to $50,000.

Term of Contract:

The project start date is January 2020 or later. Projects for the 2019 deadline may take place between January 1, 2020, and December 31, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Fellowships are available for individual artists/practitioners and scholars who live and work in the Upper Midwest (defined as North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan).

Grants for public programs and community projects are available for Upper Midwest nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations.

The American-Scandinavian Foundation does not offer retroactive funding.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for applications is September 15, 2019. Award announcements will take place in December 2019.

Contact Information:

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The American-Scandinavian Foundation
58 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10016
TEL - 212-779-3587

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Iowa;   Michigan: Upper Peninsula;   Minnesota;   North Dakota;   South Dakota;   Wisconsin