We Build Capacity / You Create Change

Conservation Media Group builds capacity for the use of video to make significant change in conservation. We offer multiple opportunities each year to support makers & sharers like you, so you can build collaborative partnerships and create effective videos for conservation.

CMG Programs

CMG Action Grants

Conservation Media Group distributes a limited number of Action Grants to experienced filmmakers & conservation communicators. CMG Action Grants aim at catalyzing action on your video project and allow for quick movement to complete production and/or distribution of your conservation video with a clear call to action.

We also only fund projects with a directed focus on oceans or energy. Grants are determined on a rolling basis and we do not accept unsolicited proposals. The best way to connect with us about grant proposals is to get to know us as a participant in our summer Catalyst Workshops.

CMG Filmmakers-in-Residence

Each year, Conservation Media Group selects emerging and established conservation communicators and artists as Filmmakers-in-Residence (FIRs). Grantees receive funding to complete work from start to finish on a conservation video based project with a focus on either oceans or energy. CMG FIRs are offered 1–4 weeks in residence at our CMG offices in Maine and/or at the Pinnacle Leadership Center in New Hampshire with full room and board concurrent with our annual Catalyst Workshops. Residents focus their time on their productions-in-progress, and will also interact with workshop participants & CMG staff, screening their residency work and joining in on relevant discussions.

CMG Fellows Program

We pair exceptional makers & sharers in paid fellowships with established conservation organizations. Those organizations focus on solving the challenges we face in taking care of our oceans and in sustainably powering the world. CMG Fellows are selected from our yearly group of workshop participants, and fellowships typically run for 9-12 months starting in September, but may vary.

In addition to allowing video activists to vigorously pursue their creative conservation work, the CMG Fellowship Program will also greatly increase the capacity of host organizations to communicate their message and to measure conservation impact.

CMG Focus Fund

CMG’s Focus Fund supports feature film projects that aim to create measurable impact in the focus areas of healthy oceans & renewable energy solutions. These grants of $25,000-$150,000 may be used for project development, a pitch trailer, a portion of or entire production, and/or film distribution & impact engagement.

Blue Initiative Program

Each year CMG identifies a unique marine conservation organization for a capacity-building video initiative. Our focus is on small to midsized organizations doing work on the ground to engage local communities in conservation efforts, such as fisheries health, plastic pollution, climate change mitigation/adaptation and marine protected areas.

Our Blue Initiative Program provides a $30,000 grant to an international organization each year, including production funding, in kind support, and guidance, to create a series of short films aimed at engaging local audiences in direct measurable action. In addition, a short film is created to engage world travelers in protecting the places they love to explore. Funding of this program is in partnership with and made possible by a 5-year grant from the Grand Circle Foundation, whose mission is to give back to the places we travel.

Catalyst Workshops

Our Catalyst Workshops bring together filmmakers, social media managers, campaign strategists, and conservation activists for an intensive 4-day collaborative retreat. With only 10-15 participants, each workshop is a unique capacity building & networking experience. Makers and sharers are paired with conservation organizations on existing campaigns to create new media and strategies for significant change.

These action-focused workshops act as an incubator for developing ideas, strategies and media for driving change in conservation. Participants will collaborate to develop a video project over the course of one week at a nature-focused retreat center while developing new connections and laying the groundwork for future projects.