Sex+++ Documentary Film Series is looking for grant application advice

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I was speaking with Lisa Junkin at the Sex+++ Documentary Film Series last week.  She said that the success of the series has endeared it to the community, shown value for the Museum and University.  It has also grown beyond the budget they have set aside for it.  Lisa is now looking to convert it into something viable and something that can reach even more people.  Her background is not in grant application or funding in general and I suggested that she write up a description of what she is looking for so that we can post it for you all to see.  So, here is a brief note from Lisa about what the film series needs and the kind of help they could use.  -a

Hi, my name is Lisa and I co-organize the Sex Positive Documentary Film Series, an educational film and discussion series about diverse aspects of sexuality, particularly at the margins. I have a question about funding sources for this program and am hoping that the community here could weigh in.

This series is run by my employer, the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, which is a part of the University of Illinois Chicago. We have hosted this series for more than 2 years and it has been highly successful, but we have never acquired a grant for it. So far, the program has been entirely funded by the museum's resources and by generous donations by individuals and private businesses. But we're lining up our next two years of AMAZING films, and the costs are adding up.

We would like to find a grant or other funding source to help pay for our expenses, but so far it has been difficult to find a good match.  Our content is, as you can imagine, a bit unconventional for some feminist or woman-oriented funding sources, and we can't accept major funding from places like Playboy because of concerns at the university level (though note that we count among our private donors a dungeon and a sex toy shop.) Other foundations relating to sexuality tend to be either policy-driven or are oriented to address issues of rape and violence, which doesn't match our focus closely enough.

Thoughts? Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

Our program goals are as follows:

+Screen and discuss documentary films with a positive, informative spin on human sexuality
+Establish a conversation about positive sexuality among communities that aren't currently cross-pollinating
+Support filmmakers creating new work on sexual identities and topics
+Create a replicable model for excellent sex positive programming and community building

For more on the series:
http://www.uic.edu/jaddams/hull/_programsevents/_upcomingevents/_events/sex+++/sex+++.html

Film list from our first year:
http://clarissethorn.com/blog/2009/01/15/the-sex-positive-documentary-film-list-finally-here/

Lisa Junkin
Education Coordinator
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
University of Illinois at Chicago
800 S. Halsted Street, M/C 051
Chicago, IL 60607
(312)355-5301
www.hullhousemuseum.org

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