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Scandinavian Folk Arts and Cultural Traditions in the Upper Midwest


Decisions announced: November 1


The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) provides support to nurture 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).

FELLOWSHIPS 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). They range in amount from $3,000 to $10,000.


Apply for Scandinavian Folk Arts and Cultural Traditions Fellowships here!

The application will include the following elements:


The first section of the application will ask you to provide your contact information: name, phone number, email address, and primary mailing address


The second section of the application will ask you to provide information and supporting materials for your proposed project. 

  1. Your CV/Resume 
  2. Project Info: Your project title, start and end dates, and location
  3. Project Summary (max 200 words): a brief project summary explaining the type of folk art/craft/ tradition you work with, what you intend to accomplish with your proposed project, and how you intend to share it with your local community.
  4. Project Description (max 1,200 words): Upload a project description that addresses the following:
    • Your folk art/craft/tradition (note: please assume that the reviewer may not be as familiar with the art/tradition as you are),
    • Your background and experience with this folk art/craft/tradition,
    • The activities that will take place during the project period,
    • How this project will enhance your skills, and
    • How you will share your work with your community.
    • If you are an artist who is applying to work with a master artist/practitioner, please describe your previous experience working with him/her and tell us how you will benefit from additional time. Biographical information about the master artist/practitioner involved in the project will help us understand how your expertise will be enhanced during the project. 
  5. 2-3 Letters of Support: Master artists/practitioners should append at least two letters of support demonstrating that their work is recognized by their community. Apprentices who will be working with more experienced artists/practitioners should include one letter from the master artist stating that he/she is aware of the project and willing to participate. Please note: You may either upload your letter directly, or you may choose to have us send an “Email Request” to your letter writer for him/her to submit his/her letter of support. If you choose "Email Request," please provide your letter writer's name and email address. Submitting additional letters from community members discussing both the apprentice’s and the master’s work and their standing in the community is encouraged.
  6. Samples/Additional Materials: Photographs, music, videos, or other documentation of your work should be submitted with the application. You can combine samples into a single PDF or PowerPoint Presentation. You may also include links to a website with images, music, or videos.


The third section of the application will provide you with a budget template.  Please fill in your estimated project expenses and project income in the provided budget template.

Questions?  Please contact grants@amscan.org