Posted March 20, 2015


MacArthur Foundation 2015 Documentary Fund Opens April 1

The MacArthur Foundation 2015 Documentary Fund will open April 1. The Fund seeks to support feature documentary films and interactive digital documentaries that combine engaging storytelling with in-depth journalism. Proposals will be accepted through September 1, 2015.

Applicants are invited to submit a project proposal anytime between April 1 and September 1, 20152015. All applicants will be notified of their status within 6-8 weeks of submission. Grants will be made on a rolling basis as qualified proposals are selected for funding. Consistent with previous years, the Foundation expects to fund no more than 20 projects this year.

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OZY Genius Awards

The digital magazine OZY announces a celebration of young genius. This spring, it will award 10 summer grants of up to $10,000 each to college students, with the aim of backing the next Albert Einstein, Mark Zuckerberg, Oprah Winfrey or Harper Lee as she or he writes a book, films a documentary or launches an innovative new company or non-profit.

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Arts Awards support the creation of new artistic work that critically engages artists and audiences with biomedical science. We strive to work with all art forms and the diverse community we support includes artists, scientists, curators, writers, academics, producers, directors and education officers. Arts Awards encourage creative collaborations between art and science. Grants are UK and/or Republic of Ireland specific.

Small Arts Awards (small- to medium-sized projects - up to and including £40 000)
Small Arts Awards can support the R&D of new project ideas or ways of working, investigate and experiment with new methods of engagement through the arts, or fund or part-fund final production costs.
Deadlines: May 1, 2015 and August 7, 2015


Derek Freese Documentary Fund (DFDF) provides production support for feature-length documentary films that have both a strong narrative and compelling story, across a broad spectrum of subject matters. This award is given biennially to an independent filmmaker and provides up to $35,000 in finishing funds.
Opens: January 6, 2015
Deadline: June 8, 2015


Hearst Foundation Grants for Cultural Projects – Supports programs that enrich the lives of young people by engaging them in cultural activities, primarily through arts-in-education programs. Grants are awarded to major institutions and community organizations in the arts and sciences that address the lack of arts programming in pre-K through 12th grade curricula by providing comprehensive, on-site and/or outreach education activities. Considers requests from organizations with operating budgets under $1 million. Submit a brief cover letter, one-page executive summary, and a five-page proposal narrative and attachments. See website for complete guidelines and application procedure. NOTE: Applications by postal mail only. Organizations East of the Mississippi River should send requests to: The Hearst Foundations, 300 West 57th St., 26th Fl, New York, New York 10019-3741, T: (212) 586-5404, FAX: (212) 586-1917; Organizations West of the Mississippi River should send requests to: The Hearst Foundations, 90 New Montgomery St., Ste. 1212, San Francisco, CA 94105, T: (415) 908-4500, FAX: (415) 348-0887, Deadline: Ongoing




Funding/Grant Information - Links

  1. The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Society Foundation
    Offers grants to individual visual artists through two programs: an annual Individual Support Grant and a separate program to assist visual artists in cases of catastrophic events through an Emergency Grant program.
  2. Alabama Humanities Foundation - Grants Program
    Non-profit organizations are applicable for grants from this foundation, this site provides the guidelines for the application process.
  3. American Antiquarian Society (AAS)
    Call for applications for visiting fellowships for historical research by creative and performing artists, writers, film makers, journalists, and other persons whose goals are to produce imaginative, non-formulaic works dealing with pre-twentieth-century American history.
  4. Animating Democracy Initiative
    Read about grants offered by this arts advocacy program sponsored by Americans for the Arts.
  5. Arthur Vining Davis Foundations
    Arthur Vining Davis Foundations are dedicated to strengthening America through education.
  6. Astrea National Lesbian Action Foundation
    Grants and philanthropic advocacy programs help lesbians and allied community challenging oppression and claim human rights.
  7. Ben and Jerry's Foundation
    The Ben & Jerry's Foundation offers competitive grants to not-for-profit, grassroots organizations throughout the United States which facilitate progressive social change by addressing the underlying conditions of societal and environmental problems.
  8. The Boeing Company
    U.S. contributions program welcomes applications in five U.S. Focus Areas: education; health and human services; arts and culture; civic; and the environment.
  9. Carnegie Corporation
    Many areas of funding includes: education, international peace and security, international development, United States democracy.
  10. Center For Independent Documentaries
    CID is a non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to collaborating with independent filmmakers, offering assistance and support in bringing their films to completion.
  11. Chicken and Egg Pictures
    Chicken and Egg Pictures are a “hybrid film fund and non-profit production company dedicated to supporting women filmmakers who are as passionate about the craft of storytelling as they are about the social justice, environmental and human rights issues they’re embracing, translating and exploring on film.”  Chicken and Egg Pictures has given our over 1 million dollars to filmmakers in the last five years.
  12. Corporation for Public Broadcasting
    Grants open to individuals or institutions in television, research and consulting.
  13. Center for Asian American Media (CAAM)
    Asian films, articles and filmmaker resources - A non-profit organization dedicated to presenting stories that convey the richness and diversity of Asian American experiences to the broadest audience possible by funding, producing, distributing and exhibiting works in film, television and digital media.
  14. Creative Capital Foundation
    Organization provides grants to film, video, and new media artists. Learn how to apply and get profiles of grantees.
  15. Fleischhacker Foundation
    The Foundation has two grant making programs: Arts & Culture and Precollegiate (K-12) Education.
  16. Ford Foundation
    Broad grants database includes asset building, community development, knowledge, creativity, freedom, peace and social justice areas.
  17. The Foundation Center
    Grantseekers, funding research, training and tutorials.
  18. Fractured Atlas

  19. Frameline
    Frameline's Filmmaker Support Program seeks to provide grants, awards and training to insure that new LGBT films make it to the screen.
  20. The Fund for Jewish Documentary Filmmaking
    The Fund is designed to support the creation of original documentary films and videos that promote thoughtful consideration of Jewish history, culture, identity, and contemporary issues among diverse public audiences
  21. Funding Exchange/Paul Robeson Fund
    Funding Exchange (FEX) is a leader in the social justice movements. The Activist-Advised Funds of the Funding Exchange directly involve community activists and leaders in philanthropic decision-making.
  22. Greenhouse Fund
    The Greenhouse Fund competitively awards grants for industry training and professional development projects for public television professionals.
  23. Indiegogo
  24. Independent Television Services (ITVS)
    ITVS is looking for proposals that increase diversity on public television and present a range of subjects, viewpoints and forms that complement and challenge existing public television offerings.
  25. International Film Seminars - Scholarships
    Organization sponsors several grants and fellowships for filmmakers interested in the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar. Download applications.
  26. Investrum
    Investrum Ltd. specializes in sourcing appropriate finance for independent feature films.
  27. John D, and Catherine Mac Arthur Foundation
    Foundation fosters the development of knowledge, nurtures individual creativity, strengthens institutions, helps improve public policy, and provides information to the public, primarily through support for public interest media.
  28. Kickstarter
  29. Latino Public Broadcasting
    Latino Public Broadcasting supports the development, production, acquisition, and distribution of non-commercial educational and cultural television that is representative of Latino people, or addresses issues of particular interest to Latino Americans.
  30. Native American Public Telecommunications
    NAPT fosters the creation of authentic Native American programming for public television.
  31. National Black Programming Consortium
    NBPC seeks projects from producers and directors whose work have the potential for airing on the national or regional public television schedule.
  32. National Endowment for the Arts
    The National Endowment for the Arts is committed to encouraging the artists and organizations that participate in advancing and preserving the media arts, and to supporting the production of media art works that celebrate the arts -- visual arts, music, dance, literature, design, theater, musical theater, opera, folk & traditional arts, etc. -- in an engaging and creative manner
  33. National Science Foundation
    The National Science Foundation promotes and advances scientific progress in the United States by competitively awarding grants and cooperative agreements for research and education in the sciences, mathematics, and engineering.
  34. NEFilm
    Funding opportunities and links.
  35. New York Foundation for the Arts
    Offers financial and informational support to the artists in New York State and throughout the United States.
  36. Nextpix
    Mission: produce and distribute quality media content in both traditional and digital formats for theatrical, video/DVD and Internet release.
  37. The Open Society Institute's Youth
    The Open Society Institute (OSI), a private operating and grant making foundation, aims to shape public policy to promote democratic governance, human rights, and economic, legal, and social reform including youth initiatives.
  38. Oppenheimer Camera New Filmmaker Equipment Grant Program
    The Oppenheimer Cine Rental New Filmmaker Equipment Grant Program is a grant to support new filmmakers in producing their first serious film project.
  39. POV American Documentary
    Point of View is filmmaker-focused; intent on supporting and presenting the work of today's best contemporary storytellers.
  40. Roy W. Dean Film and Video Grants
    From the Heart Productions is dedicated to funding films that are "unique and make a contribution to society".
  41. Solaris Entertainment
    Solaris offers a "Finishing Fund" to support fellow indie filmmakers who seek the resources necessary to complete their films. In addition to financing the completion of these films, Solaris offers the expertise necessary to help navigate the post-production waters, enabling filmmakers to get the film they envision to the market in the most effective way. They will assist in the films' promotion, festival strategy, and sales strategy.
  42. Sundance Institute Documentary Fund
    The Sundance Institute Documentary Fund is made possible by Open Society Institute. Films supported by the Fund have received widespread distribution to their intended audiences via broadcast and theatrical release.
  43. Cinereach Grants

    Cinereach’s ethos favors good storytelling over didacticism and complexity over duality. It supports films that demonstrate creativity, visual artistry and take a character-based approach.  Grants range from $5,000 – $50,000 and are awarded to films at any stage, including development, production, post-production, audience building and distribution.