How to Apply

Through invited proposals, film nominations, and the Community Voices open call, IPMF supports building and strengthening networks of people who are creating and sharing information, ideas, and stories for justice and change.

What We Fund

Our funding focuses on projects based in the Greater Philadelphia region. Projects must be based in:

  • Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties in Pennsylvania
  • Burlington, Camden, and Gloucester counties in New Jersey
  • New Castle County, Delaware

We also prioritize organizations and projects that meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Led by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, women, people who are LGBTQIA+, people with disabilities, and people directly impacted by mass incarceration.
  • Serve communities that are directly impacted by systemic racism and other forms of oppression.
  • Directly address systemic inequality.
  • Feature collaboration between multiple partners.

What We Don’t Fund

IPMF does not make grants for:

  • Projects not based in the Philadelphia-region.
  • Arts and culture organizations or projects without a focus on BIPOC community storytelling, narrative shift for movement building, or internet for all.
  • Marketing campaigns (e.g., public health campaigns for a specific health program).
  • Individuals without a fiscal sponsor.




Ways to Apply

We currently have four funding cycles aimed to support local organizations and media makers. Learn more about them below.

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2024 Open Call

Community Voices

This spring, a panel of community members will review applications submitted through our Community Voices Open Call, which seeks to support local storytelling, archive and movement media projects.

Learn more about a past Community Voices grantee: Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture

Applications open: August 2024
Applications close: September 2024

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IPMF Community Process

Filmmaker Grants

Our film grantmaking process puts grantmaking decisions in the hands of local filmmaking experts. Each year we work with a diverse committee of local filmmakers and filmmaking advocates to review and make grants to local film projects. Applications can be submitted to be considered by the committee. 

See a film project we funded through this process: Marie Alarcón

Applications open: January 26, 2024
Applications close: February 26, 2024



Stay in Touch

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