OVERVIEW: The Compton Foundation seeks to provide support for "transformative leadership and courageous storytelling, inspiring action toward a peaceful, sustainable future." This highlights a sense of urgency for the foundation and a "willingness to take risks in order to transform the way we live."
IP TAKE: Compton supports film through a partnership with Impact Partners, so grant seekers should familiarize themselves with both the Compton Foundation's guidelines and Impact Partners. Note that its film support is in the form of equity investments, not grants, so eventually the funds must be repaid.
PROFILE: Found in 1946, the Compton Foundation supports “transformative leadership and courageous storytelling, inspiring action toward a peaceful, just, sustainable future” and seeks to foster “positive and sustainable models of change.” It supports organizations that build the "long-term capacity to ignite change" and provide rapid response and emerging opportunity funding. Through its partnership with Impact Partners, the foundation provides financing and guidance for documentary filmmakers to get their films made and also provides ongoing mentorship and support.
The Compton Foundation defines courageous storytelling as something that disrupts the common understanding of the status quo, or something that gives voice to previously unheard narratives. Its goal is to amplify critical issues and blend the personal with political and the emotional with intellectual.
It aims to connect investors with independent filmmakers and help structure the financial support in a way that is beneficial to both parties. It seeks to provide "the resources to get films made, the mentorship to make films the best they can be, and the strategic support to achieve the widest possible audience for each film."
It takes submissions on a rolling basis, without deadlines, and it welcomes unsolicited submissions. Grant seekers should familiarize themselves with both the Compton Foundation's guidelines and Impact Partners before applying. For a full run-down of what it requires, click here. Grant seekers can also view a full list of past films here.
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