IMPACT GRANT FUND

CMP's Impact Grant Fund is Chicago Media Project’s latest membership-driven initiative to financially support documentary films and media. This initiative is yet another example of CMP’s Community Model Philanthropy at work. The Fund was founded by multi-year donations from members of our CMP I/I equity group, who are committed to “paying it forward” via philanthropic grants to filmmakers.

We are thrilled that with this fund CMP has expanded the generous pool of grants for non-fiction films and filmmakers in the field. Our goal is to further enable films to get made, and to help sustain the lives of more media-makers. To that end, our IGF Advisory Board will approve grants in three categories:

EARLY STAGE FUNDING

These grants will provide early stage support to filmmakers producing trailers and fundraising media, and to cover critical production shoots.

FILMMAKER SUSTAINABILITY FUNDING

These grants acknowledge the personal sacrifices non-fiction filmmakers must make to sustain their creative lives. Earmarked specifically for filmmakers independent of a particular project, these grants provide unrestricted assistance to filmmakers who are telling the critical stories of our time.

INNOVATION IN OUTREACH CAMPAIGN FUNDING

These grants support innovative approaches to impact and outreach campaigns. We are interested in growing this area and supporting new approaches to the idea of outreach and engagement.


Each grant includes mentoring and guidance from CMP staff and its members, and awarded filmmakers are invited to share their work at one of our Big Table Dinners, where they meet our members and further solidify support during their funding year.

IMPACT GRANT FUND AWARDEES TO DATE:

Crip Camp by Jim LeBrecht & Nicole Newnham - 2017 Early Stage Funding Awardee

Crip Camp by Jim LeBrecht & Nicole Newnham - 2017 Early Stage Funding Awardee

Elaine Sheldon - 2017 Filmmaker Sustainability Funding Awardee

Elaine Sheldon - 2017 Filmmaker Sustainability Funding Awardee

Facing Whiteness by Whitney Dow - 2017 Innovation in Outreach Campaign Funding Awardee

Facing Whiteness by Whitney Dow - 2017 Innovation in Outreach Campaign Funding Awardee

Dark Money by Kim Reed - 2017 Honorary Impact Grant Fund Awardee

Dark Money by Kim Reed - 2017 Honorary Impact Grant Fund Awardee

GRANT CONSIDERATION IS BY INVITE ONLY. 

Each year we solicit applications from filmmakers and media artists whose work we have become aware of from one of our industry partners. Additionally, If you feel your work fits one of these categories, fill out the form below. We will request an LOI if we feel it meets our guidelines for consideration.


CMP PITCH & COCKTAILS

We believe in the power of community giving in a live setting - live "crowdfunding" as we call it. To date CMP has held 5 pitch events, including GOODPITCH CHICAGO in 2015 where we raised over $350,000 in the room for 6 documentary film projects. Watch our calendar for our next pitch - you'll definitely not want to miss it!

Area 2 by James Sorrels & Joshua Simon

Area 2 by James Sorrels & Joshua Simon

Grace by Rachel Pikelny

Grace by Rachel Pikelny

Women Leaders of the First Intifada by Suhad Babaa

Women Leaders of the First Intifada by Suhad Babaa

Zunn: Showgirls of Pakistan by Saad Khan & Anam Abbas

Zunn: Showgirls of Pakistan by Saad Khan & Anam Abbas

The Feeling of Being Watched by Assia Boundaoui

The Feeling of Being Watched by Assia Boundaoui

Blood at the Doorstep by Erik Ljung

Blood at the Doorstep by Erik Ljung


CMP I/I + CMPAC EQUITY FUNDS

CMP Invest/Impact & CMPAC are equity funds for investing in documentary films. These funds are distinct & separate from the grant funding of CMP the non-profit.