Reva and David Logan Foundation: Grants for Film

OVERVIEW: The Reva and David Logan Foundation awards grant to filmmakers and filmmaking organizations across the country.

IP TAKE: Although this funder does not limit its grantmaking to its hometown of Chicago, Illinois, those located in the area may receive funding preference.  

PROFILE: Reva Frumkin Logan and David Logan established the Reva and David Logan Foundation (R&DLF) in 1965. Based in Chicago, R&DLF broadly “intends to be a catalyst for well-chosen projects that would not be successful without its creative and financial support.” The foundation provides “strategic grants to support social justice, scholarship, the arts and investigative journalism both in Chicago and around the world.”

The foundation awards its film-related grants through its arts program, which “[s]upports individuals and organizations that use the creative process as a tool for liberation, social change, conveying information and fact, and as non-violent protest.”

While R&DLF grants can range anywhere from $1,000 to over $200,000, most awards typically fall in the $5,000 to $50,000 range. Past film grantees include Film Arts Productions, which received funding for its documentary Dilemma of Desire; and the International Latino Cultural Center, which received funding for the Chicago Latino Film Festivals outreach and educational programming. To learn more about R&DLF grantees, explore its recent grants page.

The foundation accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry (LOIs) but does not accept unsolicited proposals. New applicants may submit their LOIs via the foundation’s Grantee Portal.


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