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Fellowships and Grants to USA Artists and Nonprofits in Multiple States for Activities Related to Folk Art and Tradition

Fellowships and Grants for Artists and Public Programs/Community Projects


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Geographic Focus
USA: IowaMichigan: Upper PeninsulaMinnesotaNorth DakotaSouth DakotaWisconsin

Important Dates
Deadline: 09/01/23 Save

Grant Description
Fellowships of up to $10,000 to USA individual artists and practitioners in multiple states and grants of up to $50,000 to USA nonprofit organizations in multiple states for activities related to folk art and tradition. Funding is intended to support and perpetuate the practice of Scandinavian folk arts and cultural traditions in the Upper Midwest (North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan).

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 human creativity and transmit cultural values that affirm community ties.

The American-Scandinavian Foundation is committed to celebrating and preserving Nordic (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sápmi, Sweden) cultures throughout the United States. By supporting folk arts and traditional cultures in the Upper Midwest, in particular, ASF recognizes and celebrates the mastery of individual artists or practitioners, facilitates the cultivation of skills and understanding among younger generations, brings greater visibility to Scandinavian arts and traditions, and highlights the centrality of cultural expression to the lives of residents.

Two kinds of awards are available – fellowships for artists/practitioners of traditional skills and grants for public programs and community projects. All of the grants encourage both the practice of folk arts and cultures and the presentation of these arts to public audiences.

  • Fellowships for Artists: Fellowships for artists will deepen the skills of master artists and/or foster relationships among masters and their apprentices. As a result, these grants will encourage the development of traditional skills and help transmit the skills from generation to generation. They will also heighten the public awareness of Nordic cultural traditions.
  • Grants for Public Programs and Community Projects: Grants for public programs and community projects will shore up and encourage the preservation of and/or innovation within Scandinavian cultural traditions through the support of community festivals, celebrations, and heritage events as well as workshops, performances, classes, and demonstrations. 


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Fellowships for Artists are available for individual artists/practitioners 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 organizations only. Proof of an organization’s nonprofit status (as a 501(c)3 or equivalent) is required.

Pre-Application Information
- Application Deadline: September 1
- Decision Announcement: November 1
- Project Start Date: January 1 or after

Estimated Size of Grant
Fellowships range in amount from $3,000 to $10,000.

Grants for public programs and community projects range from $5,000 to $50,000.

Term of Contract
Project Start Date: January 1 or after

Contact Information
Apply for Artist Fellowships:

Apply for Public Program Grants:

For questions, please contact

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

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