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 by supporting photographic projects and career development, with a concentration on documentary photography. 

The Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation funds documentary photography programs and related projects in the United States.  We also support K-12 education programs that teach photography. Grants to organizations range from $3K - $50K. Grants to individuals with Fiscal Sponsors range from $1K - $15K. 

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.  

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

Send a hard copy of the LOI or additional application materials to:
   Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation
   130 W 25th St, 12A
   New York, NY 10001

The next deadline for grant proposals is February 15, 2021.

Applications will need to include​:

  • brief summary of the project/program
  • detailed description the project/program 
  • project budget with Leonian funds clearly defined
  • list of other committed and potential funders
  • organization's mission statement
  • organization's information/history
  • organization’s annual budget
  • organization’s board of trustees
  • proof of 501(c)3 status
  • for those applying with a Fiscal Sponsor: letter of agreement from Sponsor with duties clearly defined; proof of tax-exempt status of Fiscal Sponsor
  • resume(s) of project director(s)
  • photographic images, press articles, or other representative publications

The Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation Grant for K-12 Educational Programs funds photography education programs across the United States. 

The Foundation is unable to fund general operating expenses, salaries, administrative costs, video or motion picture projects, multi-year grants, 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. Grants are determined on an annual basis; the next deadline for grant proposals is February 15, 2021. Preliminary letters of inquiry are encouraged, especially for first time applicants.  Send all inquiries to judith.lane@leonianfoundation.org.  

The application will require:  

  • brief summary of the project/program
  • detailed description the project/program  
  • project budget, with Leonian funds clearly defined
  • list of other committed and potential funders
  • organization's mission statement
  • organization's information/history
  • organization’s annual budget
  • organization’s board of trustees
  • proof of 501(c)3 status
  • resume(s) of Project Director(s)
  • 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.  

The Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation Grant for Exhibitions funds photography exhibitions 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, multi-year grants, capital improvements, or grants to individuals. All grant recipients must have 501(c)3 status. 

Grants range from $3K - $50K. Grants are determined on an annual basis; the next deadline for grant proposals is February 15, 2021. Preliminary letters of inquiry are encouraged, especially for first time applicants.  Send all inquiries to judith.lane@leonianfoundation.org.  

The application will require:  

  • brief summary of the project / program
  • detailed description the project/program  
  • project budget, with Leonian funds clearly defined
  • list of other committed and potential funders
  • organization's mission statement
  • organization's information/history
  • organization’s annual budget
  • organization’s board of trustees
  • proof of 501(c)3 status
  • resume(s) of Project Director(s)
  • 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. 

The Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation Grant for Publications funds projects meant to produce a book 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, multi-year grants, capital improvements, or grants to individuals. All grant recipients must have 501(c)3 status. 

Grants range from $3K - $50K. Grants are determined on an annual basis; the next deadline for grant proposals is February 15, 2021. Preliminary letters of inquiry are encouraged, especially for first time applicants.  Send all inquiries to judith.lane@leonianfoundation.org.   

The application will require:  

  • brief summary of the project/program
  • detailed description the project/program  
  • project budget with Leonian funds clearly defined
  • list of other committed and potential funders
  • organization's mission statement
  • organization's information/history
  • organization’s annual budget
  • organization’s board of trustees
  • proof of 501(c)3 status
  • resume(s) of Project Director(s)
  • 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. 

The Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation Grant for Professional Development funds programs and projects meant to further the careers of adults over the age of 18. This may include, but is not limited to, internships, artist residencies, seminars, and workshops.

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, multi-year grants, capital improvements, or grants to individuals. All grant recipients must have 501(c)3 status. 

Grants range from $3K - $50K. Grants are determined on an annual basis; the next deadline for grant proposals is February 15, 2021. Preliminary letters of inquiry are encouraged, especially for first time applicants.  Send all inquiries to judith.lane@leonianfoundation.org.  

The application will require:  

  • brief summary of the project/program
  • detailed description the project/program  
  • project budget, with Leonian funds clearly defined
  • list of other committed and potential funders
  • organization's mission statement
  • organization's information/history
  • organization’s annual budget
  • organization’s board of trustees
  • proof of 501(c)3 status
  • resume(s) of Project Director(s)
  • 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. 

The Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation Grant for Archiving / Cataloging funds projects aimed at archiving, keywording, cataloging, and otherwise preserving photographic collections and records. 

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, multi-year grants, capital improvements, or grants to individuals. All grant recipients must have 501(c)3 status. 

Grants range from $3K - $50K. Grants are determined on an annual basis; the next deadline for proposals is February 15, 2021.  Preliminary letters of inquiry are encouraged, especially for first time applicants. Send all inquiries to judith.lane@leonianfoundation.org.  

The application will require:  

  • brief summary of the project/program
  • detailed description the project/program 
  • project budget with Leonian funds clearly defined
  • list of other committed and potential funders
  • organization's mission statement
  • organization's information/history
  • organization’s annual budget
  • organization’s board of trustees
  • proof of 501(c)3 status
  • resume(s) of Project Director(s)
  • 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. 

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, multi-year grants, capital improvements, or grants to individuals. All grant recipients must have 501(c)3 status. 

Grants range from $3K - $50K. Grants are determined on an annual basis; the next deadline for grant proposals is February 15, 2021. Preliminary letters of inquiry are encouraged.  Send all inquiries to judith.lane@leonianfoundation.org.  

The application will require: 

  • brief summary of the project/program
  • detailed description the project/program  
  • project budget, with Leonian funds clearly defined
  • list of other committed and potential funders
  • organization's mission statement
  • organization's information/history
  • organization’s annual budget
  • organization’s board of trustees
  • proof of 501(c)3 status
  • resume(s) of Project Director(s)
  • 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. 

The Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation Grant for Individuals, Projects, or Programs with Fiscal Sponsors funds photography-related endeavors by those who do not have tax-exempt status but who are working with an organization that does. 

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, multi-year grants, capital improvements, or grants to individuals. All grant recipients must have 501(c)3 status. 

Grants awarded via Fiscal Sponsor range from $1K - $15K. Grants are determined on an annual basis; the next deadline for grant proposals is February 15, 2021. Preliminary letters of inquiry are encouraged, especially for first time applicants.  Send all inquiries to judith.lane@leonianfoundation.org.  

The application will require:

  • brief summary of the project/program
  • detailed description the project/program  
  • project budget with Leonian funds clearly defined
  • list of other committed and potential funders
  • letter of agreement from Sponsor with duties clearly defined; proof of 501(c)3 status of Fiscal Sponsor
  • 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.