The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, best known for its annual Golden Globe Awards ceremony, has announced grants totaling $3.8 million to ninety nonprofit and educational entities.
Grants were awarded to nurture the development of young artists in film and television, preserve the culture and history of motion pictures, promote cultural exchange and understanding, and support special projects and educational and cultural activities connected with the entertainment industry.
Announced at HFPA's annual gala, grant recipients include the Institut Lumière ($225,000), which will use its grant to continue the restoration of three hundred one-minute films by the Lumière Brothers; the Lollipop Theater Network ($20,000), which brings the magic of movies to hospitalized children nationwide; Get Lit – Words Ignite ($20,000), which will use its grant to purchase equipment, production services, and classroom supplies; Las Fotos Project ($10,000), in support of the first photography-themed workforce development program for female high school students; and PEN America's ($40,000) PEN in the Community program, which provides workshops designed to improve news literacy and highlight the importance of press freedoms. Other grantees include the American Film Institute ($20,000), the California Institute for the Arts ($60,000), the Committee to Protect Journalists ($100,000), Film Independent ($305,000), Inner-City Arts ($30,000), and the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts ($25,000).
Over the last twenty-five years, HFPA has contributed $37.5 million to entertainment-related nonprofits, academic programs, and humanitarian organizations, provided more than fifteen hundred scholarships to college students, and funded the restoration of more than a hundred and twenty-five classic films.
"Licensing fees from the [Golden Globe Awards] show allow us to donate millions of dollars to create opportunities, provide access in underserved communities, and foster the development of the next generation of great filmmakers, directors, writers, camera operators, and actors," said HPFA president Lorenzo Soria.
For a complete list of grant recipients, see the HPFA website.