Lucius and Eva Eastman Fund: Grants for Film

OVERVIEW: The Lucius and Eva Eastman Fund supports documentaries and narrative projects.

IP TAKE: Eastman keeps a low public profile, making it challenging for grantseekers to catch their grantmaking attentions.

PROFILE: The Lucius and Eva Eastman Fund has been around since the mid-1940s, awarding grants to groups that work for positive social change. In the filmmaking space, the fund often supports documentaries and narrative projects.

This low-profile funder doesn’t operate a website and doesn't appear to have a formal or paid staff. According to recent tax filings, grants are modest, typically $2,500 to $5,000. Rarely, if ever, does this funder offer grants over $5,000. Although Eastman backs projects all over the United States, it appears to have a fondness for those in or related to New York City. Eastman provides completion funding rather than development funding.

Recent tax filings show that the board meets three times per year—in January, June, and September—to make grant decisions. Ten to 15 projects are funded each round. Note that not all grants in each cycle go to filmmaking efforts: Eastman funds a variety of art forms, including opera, folk music, and theater.

Eastman does not accept unsolicited requests for funding at this time.

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CONTACT:

Lucius and Eva Eastman Fund

43-07 42nd St., Apt. 5C

Sunnyside, NY United States 11104-2853

(631) 438-0315