Please Note: GPFO is not affiliated with any of the organizations listed below or responsible in any way for the selection process of these grants.  GPFO does not provide film funding.  GPFO does provide administrative support to the Derek Freese Film Foundation (DFDF). Below is a list of publicly listed grants.

National Endowment for the Humanities

National Endowment for the Humanities Media Project Grants support film, television and radio projects. Development grants  enable media producers to collaborate with scholars to develop humanities content and to prepare programs for production; and  production grants support the production and distribution of programs that promise to engage the public.
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The Global Film Initiative Feature Film Production Grant

The Global Film Initiative will award production grants of up to $10,000 each during its Winter granting cycle. Production grants are not available for documentary or short films.
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Philadelphia Independent Film/Video Association

The PIFVA Finishing Funds Program awards grants to Philadelphia-area independent media makers with film/video projects in the post-production stage. Grants are up to $1000 and are paid directly to service providers.
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PANAVISION CAMERA (New Filmmaker Equipment Grant)

Through this ongoing program, Panavision donates the use of 16mm or 35mm motion picture camera equipment to filmmakers who are making Public Service Announcements, Showcase Reels, “Low-Budget” Independent Features or any other type of Short, Non-Profit films.
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Film Independent

Each year, Film Independent awards a number of grants to help filmmakers with their current projects, as well as to recognize them for past accomplishment.
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The Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media

Supports media activism and grassroots organizing by funding the pre-production and distribution of social issue film and video projects, and the production and distribution of radio projects. In order to qualify, proposed film and video projects must promote social change in their treatment of themes such as political and economic injustice, racial and gender justice, sexual politics, AIDS, censorship, cultural wars, militarism and environmental justice.
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The Fledgling Fund

The Fledgling Fund seeks to improve the lives of vulnerable individuals, families, and communities by supporting innovative media projects that target entrenched social problems.
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The MacArthur Foundation

MacArthur supports the production and distribution of news and documentary programs for television, radio, and the web that help inform the American public about important domestic and international current affairs and policy issues.
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National Geographic Society Foundation

The All Roads Seed Grant Program funds film projects by and about indigenous and underrepresented minority-culture filmmakers year-round and from all reaches of the globe. The program seeks filmmakers who bring their lives and communities to light through first-person storytelling.
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Philadelphia Wyncote Fellowship Program

The Philadelphia Wyncote Fellowship Program covers the entire registration fee and roundtrip travel for six Philadelphia-based film professionals and students interested in attending the 2012 Robert Flaherty Film Seminar this June in Hamilton, NY. The Flaherty is a nonprofit media arts institution recognized as a leader in its support of the documentary and other independent film and video.
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Tribeca New Media Fund

Four to eight non-fiction projects will be accepted, each receiving $50,000 to $100,000. Must focus on social issues and include an integrated cross-platform or new media component.
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Leeway Foundation

The Leeway Foundation’s grantmaking programs honor women and trans artists for their ability to create social change through their artistic and cultural work.The Leeway Foundation is committed to art making as an integral part of social change, to movement building, and anti-oppression work where Leeway is accountable, accessible, part of and governed by, the communities Leeway’s programs support.
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PNC Arts Alive

PNC Arts Alive programming demonstrates that there is an artistic outlet for everyone, regardless of age, economic background, skill level and taste. Pop-up performances, mobile arts vans and the use of unusual venues are among the many initiatives supported through PNC Arts Alive and we’re excited to continue helping to invigorate local arts organizations in Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, while bringing new and exciting programs to our communities. For details, Visit website.

Preserving Diverse Cultures Division of the PA Council on the Arts

The Preserving Diverse Cultures (PDC) Division of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) supports the creation, development and stabilization of organizations, programs and projects whose mission and artistic work are deeply rooted in and reflective of the African American, Latino, Asian, Asian American, Native American and Hispanic (ALANAH) perspectives. The applicant’s programs and staff are representative of those communities. Applications for the Preserving Diverse Cultures’ Strategies for Success and Community Based Engagement Project program grants are due March 27, 2017 and April 7, 2017 respectively. Please refer to our website,, for updated guidelines.