The Ford, Skoll, and BRITDOC foundations have announced a new collaboration in support of storytelling projects that inspire imaginations, disrupt stereotypes, and help change attitudes that perpetuate injustice.
Through the newly created Flex Fund, the three foundations will provide second-stage funding to social entrepreneurs and filmmakers who are well positioned to further, widen, or deepen their impact, as well as projects that propose to explore new arenas of experimentation informed by rigorous data and evidence. To that end, the fund will work to create a portfolio of promising storytelling projects, partner with some of the most effective social entrepreneurs around the world, and provide those entrepreneurs with funding as well as access to the knowledge, experience, and contacts they need to drive change.
To be funded equally by Ford, through its Just Films initiative, and Skoll, the Flex Fund expects to make four to five grants in its first year, each ranging from $25,000 to $75,000. The first round of funding will be focused on Skoll and Ford’s common grantees. BRITDOC will provide direct management of the portfolio in consultation with the two U.S.-based foundations.
In a piece on the Skoll Foundation site, Sandy Herz, the foundation’s director of global partnerships, noted that “Every social entrepreneur dreams of telling the perfect story, the one that inspires not just people who see the potential of their vision, but also those so deeply entrenched in the status quo that they can’t imagine other possibilities.”