Media Funding Resources
In an effort to assist small progressive organizations with limited staff time, RESIST has compiled the following list of media funders and resources. Some of the following organizations are progressive foundations, others are more mainstream; some seek out media related projects, others are willing to support media as a vehicle to address their other interests. This list is not exhaustive, nor is it an endorsement of any sort. Contact the resources here directly for further information on their grantmaking interests and restrictions.
Appalachian Community Fund
530 South Gay Street, Suite 700
ACFfunds community media, cultural and artistic participation for social change, historical and political drama and music, arts and crafts.
P.O. Box 1815, ChelseaStation
New York, NY10113
Art Matters is particularly interested in subversive or provocative content, and artistic practice of all visual media including experimental performance and film. The work should take place within one year following the award. They consider applications by invitation only, but requests may be made for travel, research, and material costs.
Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice
116 East 16th Street, 7th floor
New York, NY10003
Astraea’s Arts, Culture and Education program funds publications, films and videos, as well as other arts and multimedia work that directly address the depth and complexity of critical issues in LGBTI communities.
600 17th Street, Suite 2210South
The Cultural Leadership Program is a three-year statewide program for Colorado’s arts and cultural sector designed to help managers and directors in the arts community learn to become better business people and stewards of long-lasting organizations.
William Bingham Foundation
20325 Center Ridge Road, Suite 629
The Foundation supports organizations in the fields of education, science, health and human services, and the arts; and works for a world that is environmentally self-sustaining; seeking to strengthen civil society and its institutions.
The CaliforniaWellness Foundation
6320 Canoga Avenue, Suite 1700
Woodland Hills, CA91367-7111
Mission is to improve the health of the people of Californiaby making grants for health promotion, wellness education and disease prevention. Focus on preventing health problems resulting from social issues, not medical treatment. Funding only in California.
Carnegie Corporation of New York
437 Madison Avenue
New York, NY10022
Grants to promote international peace and to advance education and knowledge. Funding for media campaigns by mainstream, social and ethnic media to promote naturalization, voter registration, and voting among Latino and other ethnic populations.
Annie E. Casey Foundation
701 Saint Paul Street
Funding for media related to promoting the welfare of disadvantaged children, including film, video, theater, and magazine/broadcast.
222 North LaSalle Street, Suite 1400
Funding programs for each: arts & culture, basic human needs, community development, education, and health. The arts & culture program supports organizations specializing in arts education, dance, literature, media arts, music, theater, visual arts and arts. Will fund in Chicagoonly. They are looking to fund small projects that can become permanent, like art galleries or music festivals. http://www.cct.org/apply/funding-priorities/arts
2418 W. 32nd Avenue
Provides grants, technical assistance, and long-term funding to progressive projects in oppressed communities working for community-wide social change in Colorado.
Robert Sterling ClarkFoundation
135 East 64th Street
New York, NY10021
Grants to support the strengthening of cultural institutions, the improvement of the performance of public institutions, and the promotion of reproductive rights in the greater New York Cityregion.
One Lombard Street, #305
San Francisco, CA94111
Program areas include: arts/culture, human rights, and food/farming. Media grants of $5,000 to $25,000 for projects that address issues in one of the above areas that have not already received extensive media coverage. Funding prioritized but not exclusive to San Francisco Bay Area.
1234 East Broad Street
Grants are made in the fields of arts and humanities, conservation, education, health, social services, urban affairs, and advancing philanthropy.
545 Middlefield Road, Suite 178
Menlo Park, CA64025
Areas of interest include community, peace and world order, population, and the environment, equal educational opportunity, community welfare and social justice, and culture and the arts. Also makes grants for education of the public, policy makers and the media. Grants to support “Courageous Storytelling” via creative media (art, music, drama, writing, photography) that captures imagination, expands the understanding of critical social and environmental problems, and articulates a positive vision for the future. Also support organizations that help creative artists engage with social and environmental change.
65 Bleecker Street, 7th Floor
New York, NY10012
Supporting innovative artists in emerging fields, the media arts, visual arts, and performing arts. Acting as a catalyst for the development of exceptional and imaginative ideas by supporting artists whose work is provocative, timely and relevant; who are deeply engaged with their art forms and demonstrate a rigorous commitment to their craft, yet are also boldly original and push the boundaries of their genre. Support for individual artists across all disciplines with a multi-year commitment to grantees.
3411 W. Diversey Avenue, Suite 20
Funding Chicagoarea organizations working to create "alternative arts and media linked to the struggle for social change," prioritizing proposals from historically marginalized communities, and looking for work that is collaborative, risk taking, and strategic.
Nathan Cummings Foundation
475 10th Avenue, 14th Floor
New York, NY10017
The Nathan Cummings Foundation's Arts and Culture Program Guidelines build on efforts to sustain and share community-building models developed by small and mid-sized, culturally specific and community-based arts institutions. New objectives represent an expanded vision that acknowledges the roles that artists and cultural workers play in stimulating social change and championing economic justice in both traditional and non-traditional venues.
Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
163 Madison Avenue
Arts funding is primarily focused in New Jerseyand MidAtlantic states while education funding is primarily focused on the Northeast. “Dodge supports traditional and innovative uses of media to educate and engage the public around issues of importance to New Jerseyand its citizens, as well as efforts to uncover abuses of power by the institutions in which we’ve placed our trust. We also believe that youth must be given a voice if we expect them to actively participate in civic affairs, and that communities thrive when their members are well-informed and seek to improve their lives as well as those of their neighbors.”
Echoing Green Foundation
24 East 21st Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY10010
Offers fulltime fellowships to emerging social entrepreneurs and applies a venture capital approach to philanthropy by providing seed money and technical support to individuals creating innovative public service organizations or projects that seek to catalyze positive social change.
320 East 43rd Street
New York, NY10017
Promotes universal access, open systems, and diversity in the media through three main grantee strategies. 1) stakeholder development and collaboration, 2) research and public policy analysis, and 3) capacity building and technical assistance.
Samuel S. Fels Fund
1616 Walnut Street, Suite 800
Interested in funding "human services, education and the arts" via projects that "help to demonstrate and evaluate ways to prevent, lessen, or resolve contemporary social problems." Funding limited to the Philadelphiaor media projects that are focused on local issues.
Frameline Film/Video Completion Fund
346 9th Street
San Francisco, CA94103
Seeks to increase visibility, diversity and accessibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered arts. Completion funds include postproduction for films and videos, including subtitling and video to film transfer.
1100 Wilson Boulevard, 30th floor
Priorities include education, neighborhood improvement, economic development, youth development, community problem-solving, assistance to disadvantaged people, environmental conservation and cultural enrichment.
General Service Foundation
557 N. Mill Street, Suite 201
Funding for international peace, reproductive health rights, Coloradojustice and equity.
Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation
470 Columbus Avenue, Suite 209
San Francisco, CA94133
Primary focus on the San Francisco Bay Area (counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Franciscoand San Mateo) and Hawaii. Funding priorities include: arts and culture, environment, reproductive rights and health, citizen participation/building communities/inclusiveness, strength of the philanthropic process/non-profit sector.
2215 Market Street, Suite 205
Funding priorities: social justice, HIV/AIDS, lesbian and gay issues. Funding restrictions: Coloradoorganizations; national or community organizations based outside major urban areas.
Global Fund for Women
222 Sutter Street, Suite 500
San Francisco, CA 94108
Primary focus is women’s human rights groups governed, directed, and led by women.
200 West 4th Street
Funding for arts and culture, community and economic development, education, environment, health and human services. Funding Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren (Ohio); Boone, Kenton and Campbell (Kentucky); and Dearborn (Indiana) counties.
George Gund Foundation
45 Prospect Avenue West
Priorities include arts, economic development, education and human services. Publication and
media funding must fall within the other interest areas. Funding primarily, though not exclusively, in Greater Cleveland and northeastern Ohio.
827 Fort StreetMall
808/537-6333 ; 888/731-3863
Funding to benefit every island community in Hawaii via: adult/continuing education, aging centers/services, arts, community/economic development, education, environment, environmental education, health care, historic preservation/historical societies, human services, leadership development, medical research, mental health, nonprofit management, residential/custodial care.
122 W. Franklin Avenue, Suite 518
Support for grassroots social change.
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
525 Middlefield Road, Suite 200
Menlo Park, CA94025-3495
Grants in six core program areas: education, environment, global development, performing arts, philanthropy, and population. In addition, the Foundation makes grants to support disadvantaged communities in the Bay Area.
Unsolicited grant applications rarely funded.
Hillman Family Foundations
330 Grant St, Ste 2000
An administrative entity that assists 18 family foundations in making grants. Funding for arts/ culture (with a focus on artist development in visual and performing arts), civic affairs, community development, education, conservation and environment.
400 Sibley Street Suite 125
St. Paul, MN55101-1928
Supports "dance, literature, media arts, music, theater, performance art, the visual arts, multidisciplinary work and arts criticism." Focuses on emerging artists in New York Cityand Minnesota.
70 West Madison Street, Suite 2750
Program areas include education, employment, environment, gun violence, money and politics, and culture. Focus on initiatives that promise to have an impact on the Great Lakesregion, specifically the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Wachovia Financial CenterBuilding, Suite3300
200 South Biscayne Blvd.
The foundation advances journalism in the digital age and invests in the vitality of the 26 communities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers. The foundation focuses on projects that promote informed, engaged communities and that lead to transformational change. Funding in 4 program areas: journalism, communities, arts and national & new initiatives. No support for production of films, videos, or television programs; commercial television or radio time.
313 Read Street
Santa Fe, NM87501-2628
Funding in arts and literature. No support for documentary film or video.
1095 Lodi Lane
Saint Helena, CA94574
Funds projects that "encourage a positive interchange between the arts and the natural and urban environment." Including visual, media, performing and literary arts, and public art. Funding preference for New Englandand Northern California.
Marin Community Foundation
17 East Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Suite 200
Funding human needs, education and training, community development, religion, environment, and the arts, limited to work within MarinCounty.
2705 E. Burnside, Suite210
Funding priorities include progressive media. Funding only in Oregon.
121 South 8th Street, Suite 600
Funding to improve the quality of life for present and future generations and to seek paths to a more humane and secure world. Support efforts to strengthen communities, families, and individuals, particularly those in need by contributing to the arts, preservation of the natural environment, and research in selected fields. Focus is on the TwinCityregion.
Money for Women/Barbara Deming Foundation
Funding for women artists from the USand Canada, including writers, playwrights, musicians, dancers, artists, photographers, filmmakers, and others.
A.J. Muste Memorial Institute
339 Lafayette Street
New York, NY10012
Funding for projects that seek to advance nonviolent grassroots education and action for social and economic justice.
New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
37 Pleasant Street
Funding throughout the state of New Hampshire, for arts and humanities, education, the environment, health, social and community services and the voluntary sector.
New Prospect Foundation
1420 Sheridan Road, #9A
Primary areas of interest include public media and public information, organizing within low-income communities, race relations, civil rights, civil liberties, advocacy undertaken in the public interest, reform of public education, women's rights, and peace and community development.
Open Society Institute/Soros Foundation
400 West 59th Street
New York, NY10019
The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens.
Pacific Pioneer Fund
Assists emerging documentary filmmakers in California, Oregonand Washingtonstate. No seed or distribution grants, does not support instruction or performance documentaries or student film projects.
David and Lucile Packard Foundation
300 Second Street, Suite200
Los Altos, CA94022
Funding priorities include science; conservation; population and reproductive health; children, family and communities; arts; and organizational effectiveness. Primarily large-scale grants, with an emphasis on California.
William Penn Foundation
100 N. 18th Street
Priorities include human development, culture, environment, and community fabric. Funding only in the DelawareValleyarea of Pennsylvaniaand New Jersey.
Polk Brothers Foundation
420 N. Wabash Avenue, Suite 204
Polk Brothers Foundation seeks to improve the quality of life for the people of Chicagoby partnering with local nonprofit organizations that work to reduce the impact of poverty and provide area residents with better access to quality education, preventive health care and basic human services. Most of the Foundation’s grants for cultural programs support in-school work with Chicagopublic school students, with priority given to programs that include teacher training and community-based instruction in music, art, dance and theater.
20 E. Oakdene Avenue
Seeking to encourage a continuing dialogue between art and the lives of ordinary people. Grants in all fields of creative arts. Seeking to support artists whose work, due to their genre and/or social philosophy, might have difficulty being aired.
Charles H. Revson Foundation
55 E. 59th Street
New York, NY10022
Priorities include "the impact of modern communications on education and other areas of life." Usually does not approve funding for community based groups, book projects, or local arts groups.
Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation
101 Reynolda Village
Winston Salem, NC27106-5199
910/725-7541 ; 800/443-8319
Funds public radio and television, educational audio and video production, media literacy, diversity and youth issues. Categories of interest: pre-collegiate education, community economic development, environmental issues, minority issues, women's issues. Funding only in North Carolina.
San Francisco Foundation
225 Bush Street, Suite 500
San Francisco, CA94104-4224
Areas of interest include arts and humanities, community health, education, environment, and social services and urban affairs. Funding only in the San FranciscoBayArea.
Florenceand John Schumann Foundation
33 Park Street
Funds in New Jersey. Focuses on early childhood development, environmental protection, EssexCounty, and public policy in New Jerseyrelated to education.
Social Justice Fund Northwest
603 Stewart, Suite1007
Supports diversity, community, intergenerational collaboration and self-empowerment by providing essential resources to grassroots organizations in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming. Vision is of a region with a thriving network of community-based organizations and coalitions and an increasingly equitable distribution and sharing of power and wealth.
San Francisco, CA94129-0903
Have a primary interest in arts and media, in order to "bring the concerns, values, and spirit of Threshold to a larger audience through print, film, video, radio and visual and performing arts."
Town Creek Foundation
Priorities include: sustainability, reducing greenhouse emissions, initiatives to achieving Chesapeake Bayrestoration and climate change mitigation goals
The William Penn Foundation
Two Logan Square, 11th floor
100 North 18th Street
Funding is prioritized for the Philadelphiaarea. Funding seeks to advance artistic achievement, increase residents' access to and appreciation of arts and culture, and promote public participation in and support for the arts. The Foundation also has an interest in grantmaking strategies that address the strengthening and regional advancement of the nonprofit cultural industry as a sector, a field, or a discipline.Through the Arts and Culture program, they provide various types of core operating support for arts groups and cultural institutions, enabling them to pursue their creative missions with confidence in their organization’s future. Funding strategies promote artistic achievement and encourage public participation in and support for the arts.
Van Ameringen Foundation
509 Madison Avenue
New York, NY10022-5501
Funding to "stimulate prevention, education and direct care in the mental health field with an emphasis on making these services available for the poor and needy. General media proposals must advocate for systemic change with local or national impact. Funding for videos only in postproduction and distribution phase.
The Women's Foundation
340 Pine Street, Suite 302
San Francisco, CA94104
Funding for capacity building grants for projects that empower women and girls in low income situations, including funding for media projects that educate the community. Funding only in Northern California, but can be local, regional, or statewide in scope.
OTHER MEDIA RESOURCES
Association of Independent Film and Videomakers (AIVF/FIVF)
304 Hudson Street, 6th floor
Association of independent film and video makers. While they do not directly fund projects, their publication has a listing of funding opportunities. The Independent is in the process of posting resources and books on film and video production, distribution, and fundraising online.
Association of Independents in Radio
328 Flatbush Avenue, #322
AIRis a global sound and radio community with a wide variety of members that includes media activists. They also have a funding resource guide for their members at ttp://airmedia.org/wiki/mediawiki/index.php/Main_Page.
Bay Area Video Coalition
2727 Mariposa Street, 2nd floor
San Francisco, CA94110
Publishes the Directory of Media Funding Sources/Mediamaker Handbook. Not funding, but training, services, networking, and getting jobs. Improving the field through individuals.
Lists of production resources for film and video makers. "Provide[s] cutting edge alternatives to the media information technocracy." This link is broken, and I cannot find what it is referencing.
ITVS (Independent Television Service)
San Francisco, CA94107-8008
The Independent Television Service (ITVS) was established by Congress “to fund and present programming that involves creative risks and addresses the needs of underserved audiences.” While granting artistic control to the independent filmmaker, ITVS solicits, funds, packages, promotes and distributes work for broadcast primarily on American public television.
National Alliancefor Media, Arts and Culture
346 9th Street
San Francisco, CA94103
A membership organization fosters and fortifies the culture and business of independent media arts. Through dialogue, collaboration, research and advocacy, they connect, organize and develop organizations.
National Federation of Community Broadcasters
FortMasonCenter, Building D
San Francisco, CA94123
The National Federation of Community Broadcasters (NFCB) is a national membership organization of community-oriented, non-commercial radio stations. Large and small, rural and urban, eclectic or targeted toward specific communities, the member stations are distinguished by their commitment to localism and community participation and support.
National Video Resources
73 Spring Street, Suite606
New York, NY10012
The mission is to increase the public's awareness of and access to independently produced film and video. NVRdesigns and implements projects that enable individuals and organizations such as public libraries, colleges and universities, and other non-profits to acquire and use independent film and video. NVRalso publishes curated catalogs of videos around specific themes, and provides video curation services to organizations.