The Yip Harburg Foundation: Grants for Film

OVERVIEW: The Yip Harburg Foundation makes grants in support of social and political activism in keeping with its founder’s legacy.

IP TAKE: While the foundation makes frequent grants in social and economic justice, education, and socially conscious art, the vast majority of its grantmaking supports documentary filmmaking with a political focus.

PROFILE: The Yip Harburg Foundation was created by Yip Harburg shortly before his death. It seeks to “spread Yip Harburg’s artistic legacy, aimed at creating a world of ‘free and equal people.’” Harburg was known as “Broadway’s Social Conscience” and wrote the lyrics to over 600 songs, including “April in Paris,” “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime,” and all of the lyrics in The Wizard of Oz. He supported racial and gender equality, criticized religion, and was blacklisted during the 1950s for his political views. Since his death in 1981, the foundation has made grants to continue his legacy of  social activism. Funding priorities include Social and Economic Justice, Educational Opportunity, and New Works of Political Art.

The foundation prioritizes funding for “action-oriented projects with small operating budgets which, due to the controversial or innovative nature of the work, have little access to traditional funding,” projects which educate or contribute to public understanding about serious issues, and projects with a specified time period and stated goals. Grants range from $500 to $5,000.  View past grantees and funded projects here.

New grant seekers should contact the foundation at with an email of inquiry before sending their proposal. Applications should also be emailed and should not be more than 10 pages. View complete application guidelines here.

The foundation will not fund libraries, buildings, endowments, health, environment, aging, travel expenses, conferences, individual scholarships, or projects outside the United States.


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