$1,168,000 in Grants for Social Impact

The best grants for filmmakers, painters, game developers, dancers, designers, musicians, photographers, and artists creating art for social impact

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What are the best artist grants for social impact projects?

As I explored in my short essay Fund Art, Save Humanity, Artizen is on a mission to radically expand support for artists who impact culture. Today’s global culture has brought us to the brink of destruction, driven by the myopic demands of materialism and nationalism. In order to survive the 21st century, we must fund art that expands our identity from the local to the global and fosters loyalty to humankind and planet Earth. Art is essential for our survival. It’s time we started supporting artists like our lives depend on it.

In this article I share a curated list of the best grants for social impact projects. By no means is this an exhaustive list, but it does represent a sizable opportunity with over $1,168,000 in social impact funding for all disciplines of art. Finally, this article is a living document, so please email me at grants@artizen.fund to suggest new grants to add.


Featured Grant

Social Impact Grant

AWARD: $2,500 - $5,000
DEADLINE: Quarterly, next deadline is April 18, 2021
REGION: International
FOCUS: All formats, genres, and categories of documentary, non-fiction, and hybrid projects will be considered including films, video series, interactive apps, 360 VR docs, podcasts, photojournalism, and more


Rolling Applications

Catapult Film Fund

AWARD: $20,000
DEADLINE: Rolling
REGION: International
FOCUS: Documentary, Narrative Film, Animation

iF Social Impact Prize

AWARD: €100,000
DEADLINE: Rolling
REGION: International
FOCUS: Graphic Design, Digital Design, Entrepreneurship, Community Art

The Sloan Distribution Grant

AWARD: $50,000
DEADLINE: Rolling
REGION: United States
FOCUS: Documentary, Feature Film, Mathematics, Science, Sci/Fi, Technology

Reel Change: The Fund for Diversity in Film Scoring

AWARD: $20,000
DEADLINE: Rolling
REGION: United States
FOCUS: Diverse ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, and abilities that are historically underrepresented in film composition


January

Filmmakers Without Boarders

AWARD: $5,000
DEADLINE: January 1
REGION: International
FOCUS: Documentary, Narrative Film, Social Justice


February

BAVC: MediaMaker Fellowship

AWARD: $10,000
DEADLINE: February 14
REGION: International
FOCUS: Documentary

Sustainable Arts Foundation

AWARD: $5,000
DEADLINE: February 26
REGION: International
FOCUS: Artists with Children


March

ArtsMatch for Racial Equity

AWARD: $500 - $20,000
DEADLINE: March 17
REGION: Kentucky
FOCUS: All artistic disciplines, Community Art, Social Change


April

Human Machine Fellowship

AWARD: €20,000
DEADLINE: April 1
REGION: International
FOCUS: XR, New Media, Digital Art, Conceptual Art, Installation, Interactive, Engineering

STARTS Prize for Social Good

AWARD: €15,000
DEADLINE: April 7
REGION: EU
FOCUS: All artistic disciplines, New Media, Science, Social Change

Swarovski Foundation Institute: Creatives for Our Future

AWARD: $15,000
DEADLINE: April 9
REGION: International
FOCUS: All artistic disciplines

2021 CUP Fellowship for Change in Design

AWARD: $40,000
DEADLINE: April 12
REGION: International
FOCUS: Design

Call for art-climate-science collaboration proposals
Broto Art-Climate-Science

AWARD: $5,000
DEADLINE: April 15
REGION: International
FOCUS: Climate, New Media, Science, Social Change

UNESCO 2021 Silk Roads Youth Research Grant

AWARD: $10,000
DEADLINE: April 18
REGION: International
FOCUS: History, Social Science, Research, Social Change, Humanities

#Vaccinated

AWARD: $100,000
DEADLINE: April 20
REGION: International
FOCUS: All artistic disciplines, Public Health, Safety, Wellbeing, Social Change

Open Call: UC Berkeley Leaf Veins Artist Residency

AWARD: $17,000
DEADLINE: April 30
REGION: International
FOCUS: All artistic disciplines, Climate, Environment, Social Change

M/other Becomings Open Call

AWARD: €10,000
DEADLINE: April 30
REGION: International
FOCUS: BioArt, Experimental Media, Science, Engineering, New Media, Climate, Environment, Social Change


May

Firelight Media: William Greaves Fund

AWARD: $25,000
DEADLINE: May 1
REGION: Brazil, Columbia, Mexico, Puerto Rico, United States
FOCUS: Black Artists, African American Artists, Indigenous People, Documentary, Film & Video

Artist Equity Grants

AWARD: $4,000
DEADLINE: May 1
REGION: United States
FOCUS: All artistic disciplines, Social Change, Black Artists, African American Artists, Indigenous Artists, Latinx Artists

Schaufler Residency@TU Dresden on ‘Artificial Intelligence as Factor and Consequence of Social Change’

AWARD: €19,000
DEADLINE: May 10
REGION: International
FOCUS: All artistic disciplines, Social Change, AI, New Media, Engineering

The Miller / Packan Film Fund

AWARD: $25,000
DEADLINE: May 15
REGION: Brazil, Columbia, Mexico, Puerto Rico, United States
FOCUS: Activism, Social Justice, Documentary, Feature Films

Leeway Transformation Award

AWARD: $15,000
DEADLINE: May 15
REGION: Philadelpha
FOCUS: All artistic disciplines, Activism, Social Justice, Womens’ Issues, LGBTQ

Call for Submissions: Visualizing Bias with Augmented Reality

AWARD: $1,000
DEADLINE: May 16
REGION: International
FOCUS: Augmented Reality, Activism, Social Justice

Movies That Matter Grant for Film Events

AWARD: $25,000
DEADLINE: May 17
REGION: International
FOCUS: Film Events, Activism, Social Justice, Documentary


June

Unity for Humanity

AWARD: $25,000
DEADLINE: June 1
REGION: International
FOCUS: BIPOC, Social Justice, Real-Time, Interactive, Video Games, VR/AR

National Endowment for the Humanities: Digital Projects for the Public

AWARD: $30,000
DEADLINE: June 9
REGION: United States
FOCUS: BIPOC, Social Justice, Community Art, Digital

2022 Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Dance

AWARD: $50,000
DEADLINE: June 11
REGION: United States, International
FOCUS: Dance, Social Justice, Immigrants

Queer|Art: Illuminations Grant for Black Trans Women Visual Artists

AWARD: $10,000
DEADLINE: June 30
REGION: United States
FOCUS: Black Artists, Women, Transgender, Visual Art

The Illuminations Grant for Black Trans Women Visual Artists

AWARD: $10,000
DEADLINE: June 30
REGION: United States
FOCUS: Black Artists, Women, Transgender, Visual Art


July

UNICEF Innovation Fund

AWARD: $100,000
DEADLINE: July 1
REGION: Middle East, Africa, East Asia and Pacific, Pacific, Southeast Asia, South Asia, Europe, Central Asia, Latin America, Caribbean
FOCUS: XR


August

The Alter-Ciné Foundation Grant

AWARD: $10,000
DEADLINE: August 15
REGION: Africa, Asia, Latin America
FOCUS: Documentary, Film & Video

Bloom Fund

AWARD: $1,200
DEADLINE: August 16
REGION: United States
FOCUS: BIPOC, Indigenous People, Literature, Visual Art


September

ITVS: Diversity Development Fund

AWARD: $25,000
DEADLINE: September 1
REGION: United States
FOCUS: Documentary, Film & Video


October

The Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation: Art and Social Justice Grants

AWARD: $2,500 to $50,000
DEADLINE: October 20
REGION: New York
FOCUS: All artistic disciplines, Social Change


November

Black Public Media: 360 Incubator+

AWARD: $150,000
DEADLINE: November 30
REGION: United States
FOCUS: Black Artists, Documentary, Feature Film, Television


December

Black TV & Film Collective Producers Fellowship

AWARD: $25,000
DEADLINE: December 1
REGION: United States
FOCUS: Black Artists, Film & Video, Narrative