Grants of up to $40,000 are available to artist/organization teams creating new collaborative projects in the media or traditional arts. Letter of Inquiry required by deadline date.
The Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fundprovides finishing funds from $10,000 to $25,000 to feature-length docs highlighting and humanizing issues of social importance from around the world.
The TFI Latin America Media Arts Fund supports innovative film and video artists living and working in the Caribbean, Mexico, Central, and South America whose work reflects their diverse cultures in the scripted documentary or mixed-media form with grants of up to $10,000 for projects in production or post-production.
NBPC 360—the National Black Programming Consortium's new call for entries for producers—is seeking fresh serial content about the Black experience. Eligible ideas include interactive web/digital projects, nonfiction or scripted web series and non-fiction TV series. Three projects will ultimately receive up to $150,000 to complete their pilots.
Grants typically ranging from $40,000 to $75,000 are available for film, television, and radio projects that engage public audiences through multiple formats in the exploration of humanities ideas.
American artists, curators, presenters, and arts organizations undertaking projects in any of 37 eligible countries may apply for up to $10,000 in funding for their work.
Grants of up to $10,000 are available to Bay Area arts organizations in support of programs within a range of disciplines that includes film and the media arts.
Wellcome Trust Arts Awards support the creation of new artistic work that critically engages artists and audiences with biomedical science.
$5,000 Project Grants and $15,000 Master Artist Grants are available to United States-based Latino artists, ensembles, and arts organizations that demonstrate artistic excellence in pursuit of social justice through the arts.
ITVS funded LINCS (Linking Independents and Co-producing Stations) offers a matching-funds program to docs aimed at public television. LINCS provides matching funds to producer-station partnerships. Up to $100,000 in matching funds is available for a single broadcast program.
This new fund offers £10,000-50,000 to doc filmmakers from any country in a mix of grants and investments. The fund supports projects at the intersection of film and investigative journalism that break the important stories of our time, expose injustice, and bring attention to unreported issues, and cameras into regions previously unseen.
ITVS chooses projects that don’t fit in their normal programs of DDF, LINCS, and Open Call and offers development or production agreements. For development funding, activities may include travel, research, script development, preliminary production for fundraising/work-in-progress reels, or other early-phase activities. For production funding, all production and post-production activities are eligible.
Brought to you by the auspicious Berlinale Festival, this funds directors from regions with a weak film infrastructure (Africa, Latin America, Central America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, Central Asia, Southeast Asia and the Caucasus) who have a German partner. The World Cinema Fund supports films in distribution, that could not be made without additional funding: films that stand out with an unconventional aesthetic approach, that tell powerful stories and transmit an authentic image of their cultural roots.
The Jerome Foundation has a good tract record of supporting filmmakers in New York and Minnesota with innovative artistic sensibilities. The Jerome Foundation’s Film and Video Grant Program is a production grant program for individual film and video artists who work in the genres of experimental, narrative, animation, and documentary production. Applicants must reside in one of the five boroughs and must be emerging artists whose work shows promise of excellence.
An interesting take on granting, Nextpix/Firstpix will fund films with a budget under $250k that are the first or second film by a director and are crowdfunding part of that budget. Rather than fund on a pre-determined cycle, they will accept queries from any film that is being crowfunded at any point during the year. Once they’ve received your query please give them 30 days to respond. The film should have a positive humanitarian message.
A new start-up aimed at making a LinkedIn type of networking platform specifically for filmmakers, they are giving away $5k each month to selected features or shorts. Their mission is to help film and media makers create more work. They're giving away up to $5,000 in grants each month. Projects can be at any stage.
Interested in films that tackle human rights, social justice, and environmental issues in a nuanced, original, and compelling way. Looking for new voices, powerful stories, and filmmakers who are committed to working in tandem with social movements. Focus on women filmmakers.
The IDFA Bertha Fund is the only fund in the world dedicated solely to stimulating and empowering the creative documentary sector in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and parts of Eastern Europe. Looking for new creative documentary projects which can be submitted in project development, production, and post production.
The Roy W. Dean Grant funds independent feature, documentary, and short films that are unique and make a contribution to society that, without its help, might otherwise never get made.
Provides financial support to African documentary filmmakers for development and production. Development grants of $3000 - $10,000 CAD and Production grants of $5000 - $40,000 CAD are awarded to approximately four to 10 projects annually.
The WIF Finishing Fund supports films by, for or about women with cash grants and in-kind services. WIF will give multiple grants of up to $25,000 for documentary and narrative feature and shorts, as well as animated and experimental films.
Community Stories (previously the California Story Fund) is a competitive grants program to support story-based public humanities projects that collect, preserve, interpret, and share the stories of California communities-past and present. Application eligibility is limited to California-based nonprofit organizations or local/state public agencies or institutions. Grant awards range up to $10,000 and a cash or in-kind match is required.
The Fund will provide financing to original, high-quality, provocative and/or controversial documentaries which are licensed for prime time national broadcast. Open to Canadian television or film producers.
The Sundance Documentary Fund provides grants to filmmakers worldwide for projects that display: artful film language, effective storytelling, originality and feasibility, contemporary cultural relevance, and potential to reach and connect with its intended audience. Preference is given to projects that convey clear story structure, higher stakes and contemporary relevance, forward going action or questions, demonstrated access to subjects, and quality use of film craft.
The TFI Documentary Fund, presented by The Orchard, supports and furthers the development of exceptional character-driven, non-fiction works that spotlight contemporary themes with an original focus and bold, creative filmmaking. This fund allows TFI to financially support many audience-grabbing genres that fall under the documentary field.
Open Call provides completion funds for single nonfiction public television programs on any subject, and from any viewpoint. Projects must have begun production as evidenced by a work-in-progress video. Open Call funding is only available to independent producers who are citizens or legal residents of the U.S. and its external territories.
NEH encourages projects that feature multiple formats to engage the public in the exploration of humanities ideas. Film and television projects may be single programs or a series addressing significant figures, events, or ideas and drawing their content from humanities scholarship. They must be intended for national distribution. The program welcomes projects ranging in length from short-form to broadcast-length video.
Catapult Film Fund provides development funding to documentary filmmakerswho have a compelling story to tell, have secured access to their story and are ready to shoot and edit a piece for production fundraising purposes.
The SFFS / KRF Filmmaking Grant supports feature narrative films that through plot, character, theme or setting explore human and civil rights, antidiscrimination, gender and sexual identity and other social issues of our time. This is NOT a documentary grant. The SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grant provides tangible encouragement and support to meaningful projects nationally that benefit and uplift the Bay Area filmmaking community in a professional and economic capacity.
In partnership with BondIt, ScreenCraft is offering between four and ten production grants per year to talented filmmakers for short film and online series that display originality, vision & exceptional potential. Grant amounts will vary from $10,000 to $20,000 depending on the scale and merit of the project. They also offer matching funds for crowd-funding campaigns.
The California Documentary Project (CDP) is a competitive grants program that supports documentary film, radio, and new media productions that enhance our understanding of California and its cultures, peoples, and histories. CDP Research and Development grants are designed to strengthen the humanities content and approach of documentary media productions in their earliest stages. Grant awards range up to $10,000.
The California Documentary Project (CDP) is a competitive grants program that supports documentary film, radio, and new media productions that enhance our understanding of California and its cultures, peoples, and histories. CDP Production grants are designed to strengthen the humanities content and approach of documentary media productions and help propel projects toward completion. Projects must be in the production stage, have a work-in-progress, and actively involve at least two humanities advisors in the production process. Grant awards range up to $50,000.
The Diversity Development Fund (DDF) provides up to $15,000 in research and development funding to producers of color to develop single documentary programs for public television. Funded activities may include travel, research, script development, preliminary production for fundraising/work-in-progress reels, or other early phase activities.