Wallace Global Fund: Grants for Film

OVERVIEW: The Wallace Global Fund supports activities that are either national or global in scope.

IP TAKE: This funder supports documentary filmmakers working within one of its main areas of grantmaking focus.

PROFILE: Founded by progressive politician and executive Henry A. Wallace, the Wallace Global Fund was established in 1996 when the Wallace Genetic Foundation turned into three separate foundations. The foundation remains loyal to his commitment “[t]o using the power and prestige of the aims" in order to “[p]romote an informed and engaged citizenry, to fight injustice, and to protect the diversity of nature and the natural systems upon which all life depends.” The fund’s main areas of grantmaking focus include climate change, divesting from fossil fuels, net neutrality, voter protections, stopping female genital mutilation, new media, and strengthening democracy in Zimbabwe.

The Wallace Global Fund largely supports grantmaking for film across its areas; however, it predominately conducts funding through its new media program, which is focused on various kinds of media in order "to inform, incite, inspire – and build powerful movements to secure meaningful change." Its theme to promote truth and creative freedom in media focuses on a number of issues including supporting “truth tellers” in traditional and new media, advancing media policy activism and leveraging creative power to promote progressive change. The fund also aims to “[e]xplore and purse popular culture and music, documentary film and other creative outlets to achieve impact and reach.”

Grants typically range from $10,000 to $100,000. Past film grantees include Brave New Foundation, which received funding for the development of documentaries to build progressive activism; and Safe Hands for Girls, which received two grants for its media outreach and programming campaign on female genital mutilation and cutting (FGM/C) in the United States and Gambia, as well as, for a major documentary on FGM/C. To learn more about the types of organizations the fund supports and at what level, explore its grantee database.

The Wallace Global Fund accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry via its online application system.

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