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House of Appreciation produces media campaigns and community initiatives with a focus on public health, women's empowerment and creative capacity-building. Based in San Francisco, we work with creatives and clients nationwide.  

Film & Photography



Chicken & Egg Pictures

Chicken & Egg Pictures supports women non-fiction filmmakers whose artful and innovative storytelling catalyzes social change.


Women In Film (WIF) focuses on advocacy and education, provides scholarships, grants and film finishing funds and works to preserve the legacies of all women working in the entertainment community.


National non-profit feminist media arts organization whose multicultural programs provide resources for both users and producers of media by women.


Students of the World (SOW) supports a national network of university students and emerging filmmakers produce media that inspires positive change.

More organizations

New York Media Organizations

Regional Media Organizations

National Media Organizations


Women's Film Festivals

Gay & Lesbian Film Festivals

Additional Film Festival Lists


Independent Film Distributors

Fiction Specialty Film Distributors

Online Distribution Platforms

Crowdsource Distribution


Aaron Siskind Foundation’s Individual Photographer’s Fellowship

The Siskind Foundation’s Individual Photographer’s Fellowship Grant is awarded to artists working with photography or photo-based art. With this specific grant you must be 21 years or older and a U.S. citizen.

Alexia Foundation

The Alexia Foundation provides grants and scholarships to photojournalists whose mission focuses on fostering cultural understanding and exposing social injustice. The Alexia Foundation awards multiple grants including a professional and student grant and a Women’s Initiative Grant. 

Burn Magazine Emerging Photographer Grant

The Burn Magazine Emerging Photographer Grant is provided to aid in the continuation of a photographer’s personal project, whether a documentary project or one of a more artistic aesthetic.

Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award

The Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award is presented to photojournalists from around the world who want to pursue a long-term reportage project on a specific theme. Themes can range from focusing on an internal conflict, advocations of peace or social justice, or highlighting a gradual change within a nation. 

Center for Documentary Studies

Duke University's Center for Documentary Studies supports the documentary arts with more than 50 events throughout the year, as well as awards, programs and grants. 

CENTER’s Project Launch Grant 

CENTER’s Project Launch Grant is awarded to talented photographers working with a fine art series or a documentary project. The $5,000 cash award is intended to help photographers complete their respective projects and provide opportunities for professional development, press and the ability to disseminate their project. In addition to the cash award, the winner will be featured in an exhibition at the Center for Contemporary arts, receive a Lenscratch publication and more. 


In partnership with Lean In, an organization whose mission is to empower and support women through community, education and group circles, Getty Images provides a $10,000 grant to a photographer whose work depicts a story of women or girls achieving their goals within their communities or personal lives. 

FotoVisura Grant

This grant, open only to photographers self-publishing on fotovisura.com, recognizes both outstanding personal projects  and outstanding student projects. Judges look for photographers with powerful images and a strong dedication and commitment to their story – especially if that story is meant to affect positive change in society.

Inge Morath Award

Established by the members of Magnum Photos, the annual Inge Morath award is presented to a female photographer under thirty who shows exemplary prowess in the documentary photography field. The award is a means to fund a long term documentary project and is awarded each July.  

John Gutmann Photography Fellowship Award

Presented annually to emerging photographers that demonstrate artistic commitment in artistic photography. The award is between $5,000-$10,000 and sometimes presented to multiple photographers. To be eligible, you must be a U.S. citizen and nominated based on your professional accomplishments. 


The Magnum Foundation champions in-depth, independent documentary photography that fosters empathy, engagement, and positive social change. The Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund sustains in-depth coverage of social and political issues through its support and mentoring of independent photographers.

The Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation 

This grant enables documentary photographers and filmmakers to receive funding for their projects. The cash award is $5,000 for non-fiction works based on social issues such as health, poverty, oppression, war, famine or religious/political persecution.  

National Geographic Young Explorers Grant

A unique program that provides between $2,000 and $5,000, to adventure, ancient world, animal, environment, society and culture, and space photographers. To be eligible, you must be between 18 and 25 with the desire to pursue research, conservation and exploration-based projects.  

NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism Grant

An annual competition to provide grants to photographers, editors or online photojournalists. This contest explores all dimensions of photojournalism, from still photographs to video, multimedia and photo/video editing. Each category is presented with a separate award. The categories include contemporary issues, environment, feature, international news, portrait and personality and more.  

Open Society’s Documentary Photography Project

Awarding grants to both individuals and organizations, Open Society’s Documentary Photography Project supports photography to mobilize people around issues of justice and human rights. In contrast to many photography funders, they offer support of projects beyond documentary photography and encourage projects also around civic engagement, education, media attention, advocacy and reform.  

W. Eugene Smith Grant

The W. Eugene Smith Grant is awarded in honor of the late prolific photo essayist, Eugene Smith. The award is to recognize exemplary talent and vision in documentary photography that highlights the human condition. The 2013 recipient was Robin Hammond, a New Zealand-based freelance photojournalist. Hammond is a consistent contributor to National Geographic, Time Magazine, NYT and Polka Magazine.


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