Supporting the most innovative and creative projects emerging from partnerships between moving image storytellers and social entrepreneurs, available to all grantees funded by both Ford Foundation & Skoll Foundation

In early 2016, Skoll Foundation, Ford Foundation and BRITDOC launched the Flex Fund, a unique opportunity supporting the most innovative and creative projects emerging from partnerships between moving image storytellers and social entrepreneurs. The 2017 call is now closed.

Flex Fund grants are available to joint Skoll Foundation and Ford Foundation grantees, all of whom are ground-breaking global leaders in social entrepreneurship working on a spectrum of crucial areas - from sustainability to anti-corruption to African land rights and beyond. This funding will enable teams to go further, deepen impact and/or explore bold new ideas in a nimble and bespoke way.

October 2016: Inaugural Grantees Announced

After much deliberation, we have much pleasure in announcing our inaugural grantees:

Forest Trends are collaborating with leading Latin American chefs and conservationists in a pan-Amazonian food movement, Cumari: Rainforest to Table. Gastronomy provides an exciting new way to value the world´s largest tropical forest and benefit local communities, improving local nutrition and fostering new enterprises based on saving, not felling, the rainforest.

Health Leads are launching a 20 min. documentary made by filmmaker Nicole Newnham and a dynamic US-based outreach campaign later this year. The organisation envisions a healthcare system that addresses all patients’ basic resource needs as a standard of quality care and empowers medical practitioners to screen for unmet needs—like housing, employment, and food—and connect patients to community resources.

Imazon are working on a long-form narrative film with filmmaker Estevão Ciavatta/ Pindorama Filmes and creating an accompanying outreach campaign to save the Amazon rainforest in Brazil.

We are thrilled to share BRITDOC’s expertise with these grantees and are greatly looking forward to both the journey and the shared learnings ahead. For Ford Foundation, the JustFilms initiative supports the Flex Fund, as part of Ford's Creativity and Free Expression area.

A joint effort between Ford Foundation’s JustFilms and Skoll Foundation, the Flex Fund is being managed by BRITDOC Foundation, drawing on our 10 years of experience mentoring filmmakers and changemakers on the business of making impact with film for the last 10 years; Building capacity through programmes like Good Pitch, sharing that knowledge through resources such as the Impact Field Guide and providing grants for film projects that make an impact through the Bertha Britdoc Connect Fund.

Beyond managing the Flex Fund financial awards, BRITDOC’s commitment is to share knowledge and networks to the service of each of the awarded projects.

For more information about the programme please contact Jessica Edwards