Leg Up Fund & Other Support
CMP SUPPORTS IMPACT MEDIA
The Leg Up Fund
CMP’s signature granting program is our Leg Up Fund, designed to pool our members’ donations to give seed funding to new projects in production. Our goal is to use our resources to cultivate projects in their early stages that will lead to larger grants later on. In the process our members discover and nurture new impact projects that can truly change the landscape.
The Leg Up Fund does not host an open call or a formal submissions process; instead, projects typically come to us from affiliated organizations, strategic partners, and our network of CMP members. Filmmakers can always send a short project description and link via the CONTACT US page, but as a small organization we do not have the capacity to respond to every submission.
FISCAL SPONSORSHIP & EQUITY FUNDING
CMP accepts a limited number of fiscal sponsorship agreements with exciting new film projects that need a 501(c)(3) sponsor to assist with grants and fundraising. The fiscal sponsor role extends to targeted mentorship and other forms of support, which leads CMP to be highly selective in developing our fiscal sponsor relationships. As an organization, we have also invested in an equity position in one of our fiscal-sponsored film to date, in addition to our robust investment arm CMP Invest/Impact.
Good pitch chicago films
Chicago Media Project was born from the first Good Pitch Chicago in 2013, and many of our founding members supported impact films from that first GPC. In 2015 CMP hosted the second Good Pitch Chicago, where six fantastic films pitched to an audience of 300+ stakeholders, raising over $100,000 in one day for these worthy projects. CMP continues to track and support these films through our app, imPact.