Community Storytelling

Focus Areas
Film
Media Training
Immigrant Voices
Archives
Representation in Media
Community-Centered Journalism
Media Policy
Movement Media
BIPOC Stories
Collaborative Audio
Community Radio
LGBTQIA+

The Greater Philadelphia region is a hub for BIPOC-led grassroots media groups and projects with deep roots in the communities they serve. At the same time, they have to go through hoops to gain access to resources that would help them grow and strengthen their organizations, support the important role they play in their communities, and give them equal footing with white-led/mainstream media organizations.

IPMF believes that storytelling builds and strengthens community resilience and brings ideas to life. Through the Community Storytelling program, the foundation supports storytelling that centers, preserves, and highlights the complex experiences of diverse and marginalized communities through a lens of care and compassion. The program supports:

  • Projects or organizations that aim to increase the representation and visibility of storytelling by communities harmed by systems of oppression and media erasure. 
  • Independent filmmaking by emerging and professional storytellers to tell their own stories and share it with a wider audience. 
  • Community radio networks and collaborative audio storytelling that report, discuss, connect, and distribute news and stories important to neighborhoods in the region. 
  • New and existing archives, community history projects, and BIPOC stories that help communities deepen their connections, reclaim narratives, and build power. 
  • Projects or organizations that aim to increase local audience engagement with independent filmmaking, community storytelling and archives.

Examples of this work include:

  • BlackStar Philadelphia Filmmaker Lab, a fellowship designed to support emerging Black, Brown, and Indigenous filmmakers. 
  • Presente Media, a Latinx collective of journalists and filmmakers producing bilingual media focused on social justice. 
  • G-town Radio, a community radio station in Germantown focusing on local news, ideas, sounds not heard on mainstream radio.

See our glossary for definitions of terms we use to describe our work

What We Support

    Projects

    $50,000 - Awarded December 2021

    Description

    For general operating support of WHGE-LP, Delaware's first and only Black-owned radio station.

    $50,000 - Awarded December 2021

    Focus areas
    Representation in Media
    Description

    The People Power News Radio Initiative aims to train a multigenerational cohort of community radio reporters to tell stories from their unique neighborhood perspectives on topics such as mutual aid, economic inequality and more.

    $25,000 - Awarded December 2021

    Focus areas
    Community-Centered Journalism
    Description

    For “The Gaslit Streets,” a podcast to center community voices and creative talent in Camden, NJ.

    $25,000 - Awarded December 2021

    Focus areas
    Representation in Media
    Description

    To amplify the diverse ethnic and multicultural community voices of the Olney neighborhood in Philadelphia.

    $15,000 - Awarded December 2021

    Focus areas
    Representation in Media
    Description

    The 2021 grant will support "The Ghouls Next Door," a horror media-analysis podcast that dives into the horror genre, exploring the unique and raw way society and culture influence the genre. The Ghouls Next Door reviews horror media and discuss the history and psychology behind our fears.

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