Philanthropic Service Organizations, National Service Organization Convenings or Research Initiatives

The Jerome Foundation promotes a dynamic culture through support for artists, collectives and/or ensembles across all disciplines in the early stages of their vocational artistic lives to create new work and for nonprofit arts organizations that offer programs, services and activities for such artists, collectives and/or ensembles. We support artists and nonprofit arts organizations based in the state of Minnesota and the five boroughs of New York City.

Jerome Foundation Values

The Foundation’s core values, which we strive to model in our practice as grantmakers and to support in our grantees 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 who and organizations that push the boundaries of their respective disciplines, and we 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.

Overview of Program

While the bulk of Jerome’s programs support artists and arts organizations for research, creation and production/exhibition/publication of new art works, a maximum of 5% of Jerome’s annual grantmaking budget is set aside for three additional kinds of activity:

  • One-year grants to national arts or philanthropic service organizations in support of one-time convenings in either Minnesota or New York City that offer significant opportunities and benefits for and participation by Jerome-eligible Minnesota or New York City artists, collectives or ensembles or philanthropic colleagues;
  • One or two-year grants to support ongoing programs, services, or activities offered by local, regional or national organizations focused on improving the field of organized arts philanthropy and that benefit grantmakers in Minnesota or New York City. The Foundation support for philanthropic organizations is designed to support ongoing services, programs and activities for Minnesota or New York City foundations and grantmakers who work in arts grantmaking. The depth of service explicitly to artists, arts organizations, and the inclusion of artists and arts leaders in organizational programs and conferences will be considered in the application review.
  • One-time grants to local, regional or national organizations or non-profit entities to support research that benefits arts grantmakers or artists, collectives or ensembles in Minnesota or New York City.

The application for this program is by invitation. Organizations interested in applying should contact Jerome program staff to discuss eligibility. The annual budget for this category is extremely small. Only in exceptional cases will grants exceed $10,000/year.

Application Timeline

This program is by invitation only. To explore Foundation interest and funding availability, and to schedule and conduct site visits, organizations interested in applying are required to contact Jerome staff a minimum of three months (and ideally longer) before the application deadlines.

The Jerome Board, which must approve all grants, meets four times a year in March/April, May/June, September and November/December, with applicants notified within two weeks of the Board meeting.

Decision by March/April: submit all finalized application materials no later than January 1

Decision by May/June: submit all finalized application materials no later than April 1

Decision by September: submit all finalized application materials no later than July 1

Decision by November/December: submit all finalized application materials no later than October 1.


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