Proposals Are Now Being Accepted for The Howard B. & Ruth F. Brin Jewish Arts Endowment Fund

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Funding is available to support artistic creativity with Jewish content. Applications are welcome emphasizing music, dance, literature, theatre, visual arts and film from individual artists who have a fiscal sponsor with 501(c)(3) status or organizations with 501(c)(3) status, whether Jewish or Gentile.

The Howard B. & Ruth F. Brin Jewish Arts Endowment Fund has supported artists and institutions in the creation of art with Jewish content.  Awards in the past have gone to 126 projects ranging from $500 to $3,000. Grant requests from $1,000 to $7,000 will be accepted. In the last 23 years over $149,000 has been awarded to artists and institutions since the Fund’s inception.

The Howard B. & Ruth F. Brin Jewish Arts Endowment Fund is a designated endowment of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation’s Jewish Community Foundation.  The Endowment is named for the prominent Minneapolis couple Howard B. Brin and Ruth F. Brin who were both community and national leaders. 

Mr. Brin (1919-1988) was a vital community leader, helping to form the Sabes Jewish Community Center, involved with the national Reconstructionist Jewish movement, also an amateur violist and archeologist, participating in the historic first season of the Masada dig overlooking the Dead Sea. Ruth F. Brin (1921-2009) wrote thirteen published books including poetry, children's books, a memoir, and a novel and was also an editor, teacher and nationally-recognized Jewish liturgist. Her prayers appear in Reform, Conservative and Reconstructionist prayer books. Together, Howard and Ruth Brin believed the arts are an essential way to enhance Jewish identity for both the artist and the Jewish community. The fund is now a memorial to this vital couple.

Awards will be announced shortly after October 9th, 2019, which is the conclusion of the Jewish High Holy Days.  

Click here for the link to the grant guidelines and on-line grant application or visit the Jewish Community Foundation grant page at and scroll down to The Howard B. & Ruth F. Brin Jewish Arts Endowment Fund.  If you have any questions contact Amy Newman, Jewish Community Foundation Fund Operations Coordinator, at 952-417-2328,

Application Deadline: 3:00 pm Friday August 9, 2019