Fellowships & Grants

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Scandinavian Folk Arts and Cultural Traditions

Fellowships and Grants for Artists/Scholars and Programs/Community Projects

In 2017, The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) initiated a new program to support Scandinavian folk arts and cultural traditions in the Upper Midwest (defined as North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan). Broadly defined, folk arts are expression of community identity and values. They are cultivated informally among individuals by word of mouth or examples. 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 and foster human creativity.

ASF is committed to celebrating and preserving Nordic (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sápmi, Sweden) culture 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 all of our lives.


For more information, please contact grants@amscan.org

Fellowships for Artists and Scholars

Fellowships for artists and/or scholars will deepen the skills of master artists; foster relationships among masters of artistic and technical skills and their apprentices, thereby encouraging the development of traditional skills as well as the perpetuation of skills from generation to generation;

encourage the awareness of folk traditions by creating innovative projects with wide visibility and public appeal; and provide opportunities for scholars to bring to light the wealth of active folk arts and traditional skills practiced in the region.

View a list of current folk arts fellows.


Grants for Public Programs & 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.

Applicants for public programs grants must be nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations.

View a list of current folk arts grants.