Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation

There are presently no open calls for applications.

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

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.