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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.

Funding Sources

Appalachian Community Fund

530 South Gay Street, Suite 700

Knoxville, TN37902


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.


Boettcher Foundation

600 17th Street, Suite 2210South

Denver, CO80202-5422


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

Cleveland, OH44116-3554


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

212/371-3200 /

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

Baltimore, MD21202


Funding for media related to promoting the welfare of disadvantaged children, including film, video, theater, and magazine/broadcast.


ChicagoCommunity Trust

222 North LaSalle Street, Suite 1400

Chicago, IL60601-1009


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.


Chinook Fund

2418 W. 32nd Avenue

Denver, CO80211


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

Columbus, OH43205


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.


Creative Capital

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.


Crossroads Fund

3411 W. Diversey Avenue, Suite 20

Chicago, IL60647


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

PO Box1239

Morristown, NJ07962-1239


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.


Ford Foundation

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

Philadelphia, PA19103


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.


Gannett Foundation

1100 Wilson Boulevard, 30th floor

Arlington, VA22234


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

Aspen, CO81611


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.


Gill Foundation

2215 Market Street, Suite 205

Denver, CO80205


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.  


Greater CincinnatiFoundation

200 West 4th Street

Cincinnati, OH45020-2602


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

1845 GuildhallBuilding

45 Prospect Avenue West

Cleveland, OH44115


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.


HawaiiCommunity Foundation

827 Fort StreetMall

Honolulu, Hawaii96813

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.


Headwaters Fund

122 W. Franklin Avenue, Suite 518

Minneapolis, MN55404


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

Pittsburg, PA15219-2309


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. 


Jerome Foundation

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.


Joyce Foundation

70 West Madison Street, Suite 2750

Chicago, IL60602


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.

Miami, FL33131-2349


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.


Lannan Foundation

313 Read Street

Santa Fe, NM87501-2628


Funding in arts and literature. No support for documentary film or video.


LEF Foundation

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

Larkspur, CA94939-1727


Funding human needs, education and training, community development, religion, environment, and the arts, limited to work within MarinCounty.


McKenzieRiverGathering Foundation

2705 E. Burnside, Suite210

Portland, OR97214


Funding priorities include progressive media. Funding only in Oregon.


McKnight Foundation

121 South 8th Street, Suite 600

Minneapolis, MN55402


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

PO Box401043

Brooklyn, NY11240

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

Concord, NH03301


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

Wilmette, IL60091


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

PO Box20504

Stanford, CA94309


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

Philadelphia, PA19103-2757


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

Chicago, IL60611


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.


Puffin Foundation

20 E. Oakdene Avenue

Teaneck, NJ07666-4100


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

Montclair, NJ07042


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

Seattle, WA98101-1229


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.


Threshold Foundation

PO Box29903

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

PO Box159

Oxford, MD21654


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

Philadelphia, PA


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.




Association of Independent Film and Videomakers (AIVF/FIVF)

304 Hudson Street, 6th floor

NY, NY10013


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

Brooklyn, NY11238


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://


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)

PO Box78008

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.



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