MN / NYC Film, Video, and Digital Production Grant Programs

Following our August 14, 2017 deadline, we are no longer accepting applications for this program. Applications for the next round of the program will open in 2019, for funding beginning in 2020.

The Jerome Foundation offers production grants, for specific projects, of up to $30,000 for emerging film, digital production and video directors who reside in Minnesota and the five boroughs of New York City who work in the genres of experimental, narrative, animation or documentary. 

These grants support specific projects. Only production and post-production expenses (not pre-production, marketing or distribution costs) are supported. The program also does not fund retroactively: only costs incurred after the grant is awarded and a grant contract signed will be supported.


Awards of up to $30,000 are made and do not require matching funds. While grant awards typically represent a significant percentage of the amount requested by the applicant, only a small number of grants receive the full $30,000 each year. Generally, grants fall in the $10,000-20,000 range, although films with total budget of less than $10,000 are eligible for support. Applicants may request the entire cost of the film, provided it does not exceed the grant ceiling amount of $30,000.

Program Calendar

Online application opens:               May 1, 2017

Webinar with program staff:          July 19, 2017 at 12 noon Central (watch the webinar)

Deadline for applications:              August 24, 2017 at 4:30 pm Central

Notification of grant status:           No earlier than December 15, 2017 and no later than December 31, 2017

Eligible Grant Period:                     February 1, 2018–January 31, 2020

How To Apply

Application Process

The application will ask you to provide:

  1. A narrative describing your proposed project
  2. A budget for that project
  3. An artist statement outlining your own larger artistic goals and aesthetics, and why you consider yourself an emerging artist
  4. A resume including specific film credits with dates, roles/responsibilities and running times for completed films/videos/digital productions
  5. A screenplay for those working in narrative film (or for those who work without script an explanation of the process in devising story and narrative)
  6. A total of two work samples, each from a different project, totaling no more than 10 minutes. Further information about format and time/space limitations can be found in the online application system.

Accessing the Application

Go to the login page to  log in or create a user login. Go to your Dashboard and click the link to start a new application for this program. You can save and return to your work later. You may only apply using the online system.

Contact Foundation

The Foundation encourages applicants to contact Foundation staff with questions that are not addressed in the guidelines (including the FAQ) and the webinar. Staff may be contacted either by telephone (651-224-9431) between 9:00 am and 4:30 pm Central Time, Mondays through Fridays (excepting holidays) or by sending emails to Andrea Brown ([email protected]).

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