Organization Grants: Program Eligibility

Types of Programs Eligible for Support

Please read the below program and organizational eligibility requirements closely. If you do not fit the criteria, your application will not be considered for funding. If you have any questions or doubts regarding your eligibility, please contact Foundation staff and we will assist you. The last thing we want is for you to spend time on your application, and immediately be disqualified due to issues of eligibility.

Organizations may submit one 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.

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
  • Programs or opportunities that do not support more than one artist/collective/ensemble per year.
  • 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
  • Programs or projects that offer presentations, exhibitions, performances, or screenings-only opportunities
  • 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. Co-commissioners and co-developers of a particular project should contact the Foundation directly to discuss options.

Organizational Eligibility Requirements

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 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 Jerome-eligible 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.

Process and Review Criteria

Applications will be reviewed by panels of experts, with each discipline evaluated by a separate panel. Panelists are charged with prioritizing the applicants for funding.

Panelists pay attention to all elements of the application. They do not consider materials beyond those submitted by the applicant, although they may visit websites to gauge how meaningfully and publicly Jerome-priority artists are served.

Incomplete applications will not be considered and will be rejected.

In their consideration, panelists consider four and only 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.

In reaching the final roster of grantees and alternates, panels are charged to think, not only of the ability of every grantee to meet each criterion strongly, but of recommending a cohort of grantees that collectively capture the diversity (including aesthetic, cultural, racial, gender, geographic, relative scale and genre, among other factors) of the larger arts field. Panel recommendations are reviewed by the Jerome Foundation Board of Directors, which has the sole authority to approve the panel recommendations and award grants. Please do not contact the Foundation to inquire about the status of an application unless you have not heard by the published notification deadline, as indicated on page 1.

Additional Program Requirements

  • Grants as a general rule will be given for a two-year period. On specific occasions, however, the Foundation may choose to make the second-year support contingent on review of a progress report and proof that the applicant has met pre-agreed upon benchmarks.
  • Grantees may not substitute a different program/service/activity for the one/s supported in the original grant. Doing so may result in the Foundation recalling the grant. Any major changes to the nature or scope of the project must be approved in advance by the Foundation.
  • Grant recipients are required to submit annual progress reports at the end of the first year. Upon completion of the grant, a final financial and narrative report and online link to the project must be submitted to the Foundation. Grantees who are delinquent in their reporting requirements will not be allowed to receive additional support until the requirements have been met.


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