Creative Activist Program

Creative Activist 

Over the past 13 years, CAP has incubated over 260 projects and productions. 

From documentaries and feature films with specific calls to action distributed on major networks and Netflix, to art and photography exhibitions...
From compelling theater projects that fuel a national conversation about pressing issues, to photojournalists who are risking their lives to tell stories...
Our carefully selected CAP projects are raising awareness and driving solutions to problems. These projects have created significant impact and policy change in the areas of human rights, women and girls' empowerment, the environment and youth and education.
Through a Service Grants program model, we make professional consulting services available to grant awardees. The Service Grants are delivered by teams of 3-5 industry professionals who volunteer their time and expertise to support the development, implementation, marketing, fundraising or distribution of film, music, performing and visual arts, or journalism projects and programs. 

In addition to these unique, customized consulting services, the program also provides mentoring opportunities, development and production resources, fiscal sponsorship and a vibrant global community to support grantees as they create media for social impact.

We’re looking for projects that use media and the arts to tell compelling stories that will create awareness of critical issues and catalyze positive change. 
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Criteria for Acceptance

Content: Entertaining impact media that uses film, dance, journalism, drama, photography, music, writing or the arts to raise awareness about problems and solutions.

Cause Relevance: We are particularly interested in supporting creative activists working in the realms of human rights, gender equality, and the environment.

Stage of Development: While we accept projects at any stage, we do require a fully developed concept. For film projects, a trailer, rough cut or story treatment or story concept must accompany the grant application.

The Applicant: Because we believe in the power of storytellers to raise awareness and catalyze change, we are looking for highly motivated individuals who are seeking collaboration and resource support to expedite project development or completion.

Impact: Priority will be given to projects that are designed to reach broad or targeted audiences to create awareness about issues and solutions that lead to behavior change, and can be made accessible to audiences within 12 months of a service grant award.
Service Grant Award: After review of the grant application, projects will be selected based on the criteria outlined. Successful applicants receive a Service Grant of consulting services that meets the needs outlined in the application along with a designated Creative Visions account manager to help you make the best use of the grant. The Service Grant award will be allocated for use over a 12-month period and includes quarterly consultations with strategic advisors either by phone or in person, networking events, and project management tools.

In order to apply, you must join the Creative Activist Network
If you are interested in the program, please send your contact information and a short description of your project to

Strategic Advisors 

We have established a strong network of artists and media makers who are telling stories that need to be told about problems that need to be solved. These Creative Activists don’t have access to all the resources in the areas that they need to succeed. Our Strategic Advisor Program is organized around granting access to the expertise and creativity of industry leaders and influencers.
Through a skilled volunteer and pro bono model our Strategic Advisors contribute their expertise and collaborate with Creative Visions staff. They help grantees develop and accelerate strategies that enhance productivity and impact.
Advisors are encouraged to take advantage of a number of networking events throughout the year at our LA and New York hubs and are invited to join in consultations with pre-vetted Creative Activist projects seeking specific guidance in the areas of:
• Development/Fundraising
• Production
• Post-Production
• Distribution
• Outreach/Engagement
Strategic Advisors commit to a minimum of one hour per month of pro-bono services through emails, phone calls, or in-person meetings.
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