The mission of the Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation is to raise awareness of and appreciation for photography and photographers who are citizens or residents of the United States. 

The Leonian Foundation funds projects and programs related to the exhibition, education, preservation, and dissemination of photography. These include, but are not limited to: education programs for K-12 students or adults; professional development opportunities such as seminars, workshops, artist residencies, and internships; publications; archiving and/or cataloging efforts; select exhibitions for established and/or emerging photographers, particularly those that have a strong component of outreach and public programs; community programs with a concentration on documentary photography.

Those applying for funding must be a U.S. tax-exempt organization, or a U.S. citizen or resident working with a fiscal sponsor. 

Grants to organizations range from $3K - $50K, with typical grant amounts being $10-20,000. Grants to individuals with Fiscal Sponsors range from $1K - $15K. 

Preliminary letters of inquiry are encouraged.
Send all letters of inquiry to judith.lane@leonianfoundation.org

The next deadline for grant proposals is March 15, 2023.

Applications will need to include​:

  • one sentence summary of the project
  • details of the project
  • comprehensive and complete project budget
  • Leonian funds clearly defined
  • list of all committed and potential funders
  • current operating budget
  • actual annual budget from most recent fiscal year
  • organization's information/history
  • mission statement
  • board of trustees with affiliations
  • proof of 501(c)3 status
  • resume of Project Director (1-2 pages, max)
  • photographic images, press articles, or other representative publications

The Foundation is unable to fund multi-year grants, administrative costs, salaries, capital improvements, projects or programs that support work of non-U.S. citizens or residents, or grants to individuals. All grant recipients must have 501(c)3 status.  

*If you are unsure of which form to fill out, contact Judith Lane.

The Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation Grant for Exhibitions funds exhibitions for emerging and established photographers organized by tax-exempt organizations across the United States.

The Foundation is unable to fund projects that support the work of non-U.S. citizens or residents, general operating expenses, salaries, administrative costs, video or motion picture projects, capital improvements, or grants to individuals without fiscal sponsors. All grant recipients must have 501(c)3 status.

Grants range from $3K - $50K, with typical grants being between $10-20,000. Grants are determined on an annual basis; the next deadline for grant proposals is March 15, 2023. Preliminary letters of inquiry are encouraged, especially for first time applicants.  Send all inquiries to judith.lane@leonianfoundation.org.  

The application will require:

  • one sentence summary of the project
  • details of the project
  • comprehensive and complete project budget
  • Leonian funds clearly defined
  • list of all committed and potential funders
  • current operating budget
  • actual annual budget from most recent fiscal year
  • organization's information/history
  • mission statement
  • board of trustees with affiliations
  • proof of 501(c)3 status
  • resume of Project Director (1-2 pages, max)
  • photographic images, press articles, or other representative publications

Please note: All grantees will be required to submit interim and/or final reports, with deadlines specified by the Foundation. 

*If you are unsure of which form to fill out, contact Judith Lane.

The Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation Grant for Publications funds projects meant to produce a book, exhibition catalog, or magazine issue devoted to a photography-related topic.

The Foundation is unable to fund projects that support the work of non-U.S. citizens or residents, general operating expenses, salaries, administrative costs, video or motion picture projects, capital improvements, or grants to individuals without fiscal sponsors. All grant recipients must have 501(c)3 status. 

Grants range from $3K - $50K, with typical grants being between $10-20,000. Grants are determined on an annual basis; the next deadline for grant proposals is March 15, 2023. Preliminary letters of inquiry are encouraged, especially for first time applicants.  Send all inquiries to judith.lane@leonianfoundation.org

The application will require:

  • one sentence summary of the project
  • details of the project
  • comprehensive and complete project budget
  • Leonian funds clearly defined
  • list of all committed and potential funders
  • current operating budget
  • actual annual budget from most recent fiscal year
  • organization's information/history
  • mission statement
  • board of trustees with affiliations
  • proof of 501(c)3 status
  • resume of Project Director (1-2 pages, max)
  • photographic images, press articles, or other representative publications

Please note: All grantees will be required to submit interim and/or final reports, with deadlines specified by the Foundation. 

*If you are unsure of which form to fill out, contact Judith Lane.

The Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation Grant for Professional Development funds programs meant to further the careers of adults over the age of 18. This may include, but is not limited to, lecture series, seminars, and workshops. Internships and artist residency applicants may also use this form.

The Foundation is unable to fund projects that support the work of non-U.S. citizens or residents, general operating expenses, salaries, administrative costs, video or motion picture projects, capital improvements, or grants to individuals without fiscal sponsors. All grant recipients must have 501(c)3 status. 

Grants range from $3K - $50K, with typical grants being between $10-20,000. Grants are determined on an annual basis; the next deadline for grant proposals is March 15, 2023. Preliminary letters of inquiry are encouraged, especially for first time applicants.  Send all inquiries to judith.lane@leonianfoundation.org.

The application will require:

  • one sentence summary of the project
  • details of the project
  • comprehensive and complete project budget
  • Leonian funds clearly defined
  • list of all committed and potential funders
  • current operating budget
  • actual annual budget from most recent fiscal year
  • organization's information/history
  • mission statement
  • board of trustees with affiliations
  • proof of 501(c)3 status
  • resume of Project Director (1-2 pages, max)
  • photographic images, press articles, or other representative publications

Please note: All grantees will be required to submit interim and/or final reports, with deadlines specified by the Foundation. 

*If you are unsure of which form to fill out, contact Judith Lane.

The Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation Grant for Education Programs funds beginner and intermediate photography education programs across the United States that benefit either K-12 students or adults. Those applying for funding for exhibitions related to education programs may use this form.

The Foundation is unable to fund general operating expenses, salaries, administrative costs, video or motion picture projects, capital improvements, projects that support the work of non-U.S. citizens or residents, or grants to individuals. All grant recipients must have 501(c)3 status. 

Grants range from $3K - $50K, with typical grants being between $10-20,000. Grants are determined on an annual basis; the next deadline for grant proposals is March 15, 2023. Preliminary letters of inquiry are encouraged, especially for first time applicants. Send all inquiries to judith.lane@leonianfoundation.org.  

The application will require:

  • one sentence summary of the project
  • details of the project
  • comprehensive and complete project budget
  • Leonian funds clearly defined
  • list of all committed and potential funders
  • current operating budget
  • actual annual budget from most recent fiscal year
  • organization's information/history
  • mission statement
  • board of trustees with affiliations
  • proof of 501(c)3 status
  • resume of Project Director (1-2 pages, max)
  • photographic images, press articles, or other representative publications

Please note: All grantees will be required to submit interim and/or final reports, with deadlines specified by the Foundation. 

*If you are unsure of which form to fill out, contact Judith Lane.

The Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation Grant for Other Photography Projects supports broader photography-related endeavors that may not fit into our other application categories.

The Foundation is unable to fund projects that support the work of non-U.S. citizens or residents, general operating expenses, salaries, administrative costs, video or motion picture projects, capital improvements, or grants to individuals without fiscal sponsors. All grant recipients must have 501(c)3 status. 

Grants range from $3K - $50K, with typical grants being between $10-20,000. Grants are determined on an annual basis; the next deadline for grant proposals is March 15, 2023. Preliminary letters of inquiry are encouraged.  Send all inquiries to judith.lane@leonianfoundation.org.  

The application will require:

  • one sentence summary of the project
  • details of the project
  • comprehensive and complete project budget
  • Leonian funds clearly defined
  • list of all committed and potential funders
  • current operating budget
  • actual annual budget from most recent fiscal year
  • organization's information/history
  • mission statement
  • board of trustees with affiliations
  • proof of 501(c)3 status
  • resume of Project Director (1-2 pages, max)
  • photographic images, press articles, or other representative publications

Please note: All grantees will be required to submit interim and/or final reports, with deadlines specified by the Foundation. 

*If you are unsure of which form to fill out, contact Judith Lane.

The Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation Grant for Community Projects funds community-centered projects with a concentration on documentary photography or projects with a strong component of community outreach.

The Foundation is unable to fund projects that support the work of non-U.S. citizens or residents, general operating expenses, salaries, administrative costs, video or motion picture projects, capital improvements, or grants to individuals without fiscal sponsors. All grant recipients must have 501(c)3 status.

Grants range from $3K - $50K, with typical grants being between $10-20,000. Grants are determined on an annual basis; the next deadline for grant proposals is March 15, 2023. Preliminary letters of inquiry are encouraged, especially for first time applicants. Send all inquiries to judith.lane@leonianfoundation.org.

The application will require:

  • one sentence summary of the project
  • details of the project
  • comprehensive and complete project budget 
  • Leonian funds clearly defined
  • list of all committed and potential funders
  • current operating budget
  • actual annual budget from most recent fiscal year
  • organization's information/history
  • mission statement
  • board of trustees with affiliations
  • proof of 501(c)3 status
  • resume of Project Director (1-2 pages, max)
  • photographic images, press articles, or other representative publications

Please note: All grantees will be required to submit interim and/or final reports, with deadlines specified by the Foundation.

*If you are unsure of which form to fill out, contact Judith Lane.

The Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation Grant for Individuals or Organizations with Fiscal Sponsors funds photography-related endeavors by those who do not have tax-exempt status but who are working with a fiscal sponsor. 

The Foundation is unable to fund projects that support the work of non-U.S. citizens or residents, general operating expenses, salaries, administrative costs, video or motion picture projects, capital improvements, or grants to individuals without fiscal sponsors. All grant recipients must have 501(c)3 status.

Grants range from $1K - $15K. Grants are determined on an annual basis; the next deadline for grant proposals is March 15, 2023. Preliminary letters of inquiry are encouraged, especially for first time applicants. Send all inquiries to judith.lane@leonianfoundation.org.  

The application will require:

  • proof of 501(c)3 status of Fiscal Sponsor
  • letter of agreement from Sponsor with duties clearly defined
  • Fiscal Sponsor's current operating budget
  • Fiscal Sponsor's actual budget from the most recently completed fiscal year
  • one sentence summary of the project
  • details of the project
  • artist or mission statement
  • comprehensive and complete project budget
  • Leonian funds clearly defined
  • list of all committed and potential funders
  • if organization: current operating budget
  • if organization: actual annual budget from most recently completed fiscal year
  • photographic images, press articles, or other representative publications

Please note: All grantees will be required to submit interim and/or final reports, with deadlines specified by the Foundation.