Grants

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ALABAMA HUMANITIES FOUNDATION
The AHF awards grants solely to support public humanities projects. Active public participation, involvement of humanities scholars, and strong humanities content are the three essential ingredients of AHF-funded projects. The grants program accommodates the broadest possible range of topics and formats for imaginative proposals. Applicants are encouraged to develop projects for a wide variety of audiences, including: library and museum patrons, teachers and scholars, youth, elderly, hospital patients, prisoners, public housing and nursing home residents, and the hearing and sight impaired. 
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ALASKA HUMANITIES FORUM
The AKHF grant program funds humanities-based projects. In carrying out the Forum’s mission, we support grant projects that cultivate appreciation and enjoyment of the humanities; create dialogue among peoples holding divergent points of view; apply traditional bodies of wisdom to present concerns; search for a sense of personal identity and a sense of place through history, traditions, and new ideas; and pass on the values, methods, and wisdom of the humanities to future generations of Alaskans. 
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AMERICA'S MEDIA MAKERS--DEVELOPMENT GRANTSA
America’s Media Makers (AMM) grants support interactive digital media, film and television projects, and radio projects. NEH encourages projects that feature multiple formats to engage the public in the exploration of humanities ideas. Development grants enable media producers to collaborate with scholars to develop humanities content and to prepare programs for production. Grants should result in a script or a design document and should also yield a detailed plan for outreach and public engagement in collaboration with a partner organization or organizations.
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AMERICA'S MEDIA MAKERS--PRODUCTION GRANTS
America’s Media Makers (AMM) grants support interactive digital media, film and television projects, and radio projects. NEH encourages projects that feature multiple formats to engage the public in the exploration of humanities ideas. Production grants support the production and distribution of digital projects, films, television programs, radio programs, and related programs that promise to engage the public.
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ANTARCTIC ARTISTS AND WRITERS PROGRAM
The Antarctic Artists and Writers Program furnishes U.S. Antarctic Program operational support, and round-trip economy air tickets between the United States and the Southern Hemisphere, to artists and writers whose work requires them to be in the Antarctic to complete their proposed project. U.S. Antarctic Program infrastructure consists of three year-round stations and numerous austral-summer research camps in Antarctica, research ships in the Southern Ocean, and surface and air transportation. These assets support the artist and writer projects. The main purpose of the U.S. Antarctic Program is scientific research and education.
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ARTHUR VINING DAVIS FOUNDATIONS
The Foundations are interested in public television as an educational medium. Grants primarily provide partial support for major series with lasting educational value that are assured of national airing by PBS. Consideration is given on occasion to single stand-alone programs of exceptional merit. Preference is given to programs of enduring value on subjects such as history and science. Programs whose primary purpose is advocacy, topical news coverage or entertainment are unlikely to be competitive. The contribution to teaching in grades K-12, higher and continuing education is a consideration in evaluating proposals. Children's series are of particular interest. 
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BRIDGING CULTURES THROUGH FILM: INTERNATIONAL TOPICS
The Bridging Cultures through Film: International Topics program supports documentary films that examine international and transnational themes in the humanities. These projects are meant to spark Americans’ engagement with the broader world by exploring one or more countries and cultures outside of the United States. Proposed documentaries must be analytical and deeply grounded in humanities scholarship. The Division of Public Programs encourages the exploration of innovative nonfiction storytelling that presents multiple points of view in creative formats. The proposed film should range in length from a standard broadcast length of thirty minutes to a feature-length documentary.
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CAAM DOCUMENTARY FUND
With support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, CAAM is able to offer funding to independent producers for documentary projects intended for public television broadcast. All projects must conform to standard public broadcasting lengths. Offered once a year, this round of funding is for applicants with documentary projects at the production and/or post-production stage intended for public television broadcast. Projects in research and development are not eligible to apply.CAAM convenes an independent panel of media professionals including producers, directors, and programmers who evaluate Open Call proposals and make recommendations to the CAAM staff and Board of Directors. The Board makes final approval. The review process for Open Call takes approximately 4 months.
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CENTER FOR INDEPENDENT DOCUMENTARY
CID has been collaborating with independent producers in the creation of independent documentaries for more than 25 years. CID acts as fiscal sponsor, manages project funds, provides creative and technical support, and offers advice on fundraising and distribution. To apply to CID for collaboration (which includes fiscal sponsorship), an application is required.
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CONNECTICUT HUMANITIES COUNCIL
The Heritage Revitalization Fund (HRF) remains the mainstay of funding for Connecticut’s cultural community. The HRF combines three former CHC granting programs—the Cultural Heritage Development Fund, Humanities in the Schools and Heritage Advancement—under a common application with several deadlines. The goal of the HRF is to build vital heritage organizations that bring history to a broad public. 
Contact: Connecticut Humanities Council
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CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) promotes the growth and development of public media in communities throughout America. CPB distributes its appropriation in accordance with a statutory formula under which around 72 percent of funds go directly to local stations. CPB also supports the creation of content for radio, television and other platforms. The Public Broadcasting Act ensures diversity in content by requiring CPB to fund independent and minority producers. Check back frequently for more information about Open Grants.
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CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING (CPB) GREENHOUSE FUND
The Greenhouse Fund competitively awards grants for industry training and professional development projects for public television professionals and independent producers. The goal of the fund is to prepare public broadcasters and independent producers for entry, advancement and/or leadership by providing forums for introducing new technologies, skill building through workshops, opportunities to showcase best practices, and more.
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DELAWARE HUMANITIES FORUM OPPORTUNITY GRANTS
Opportunity Grants can be requested at any time throughout the year. These grants, for up to $1,000, can be used to fund smaller projects or to assist with long-range planning for larger projects.
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DELAWARE HUMANITIES FORUM REGULAR GRANTS
The Delaware Humanities Forum provides financial support for public humanities programs through its Grant Programs. Public programs that are sponsored by non-profit organizations in Delaware are eligible for funding. Institutions that are eligible to apply to the DHF for grant funding include: colleges and universities, libraries, historical societies, museums, educational television and radio stations, research institutes, professional associations, agencies of state and local government, labor unions, and other community and service organizations.
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FILMMAKER SUPPORT PROGRAM (FSP)
Through the Filmmaker Support Program (FSP), the National Film Board of Canada helps talented young people to complete their films. FAP supports films that are experimental and innovative in form or content, films that might not have been produced without the NFB help. Support includes equipment loans, post-production services and technical assistance directly related to the production of a film. See website for various regional deadlines and information.
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FORD FOUNDATION
The Ford Foundation's grant making for organizations focuses on reducing poverty and injustice; promoting democratic values; and advancing human knowledge, creativity and achievement. If your project reflects these priorities, you may submit a grant inquiry using their online form. They also make a very limited number of grants to individuals, generally restricted to fellowships for advanced study. Each year the Ford Foundation receives about 40,000 proposals and makes about 1,400 grants.
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FORD FOUNDATION'S JUSTFILMS INITIATIVE
Beginning in 2011, Ford Foundation is investing $10 million a year over five years in documentary projects that address urgent social issues and help us understand our past, explore our present and build our future. Their goal is to expand the community of emerging and established filmmakers who often lack funding, and help them to realize their visions and reach audiences. JustFilms focuses on film, video and digital works that show courageous people confronting difficult issues and actively pursuing a more just, secure and sustainable world.
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FRAMELINE COMPLETION FUND
The Frameline Completion Fund provides grants to emerging and established filmmakers. The program seeks to provide a much-needed source of financial contributions to artists who often struggle to secure funding to complete their works. Grants ranging from $1,500 to $5,000 are available for films that represent and reflect LGBT life in all its complexity and richness. For two decades Frameline has provided over 100 grants totaling $368,000 to help ensure that LGBT films are completed and viewed by wider audiences. Submissions are being accepted for documentary, educational, narrative, animated or experimental projects about LGBT people and their communities. The Fund also seeks to bring new work to under-served audiences; with this in mind, we especially encourage applications by women, people of color and transgender persons.
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GUCCI TRIBECA DOCUMENTARY FUND
The Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund provides finishing funds to feature-length documentaries which highlight and humanize issues of social importance from around the world. Funded films are driven by thoughtful and in-depth storytelling, bolstered by a compelling visual approach.
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ILLINOIS ARTS COUNCIL ARTSTOUR GRANT
Artstour provides fee support to organizations that seek to present Illinois touring performing artists, companies and ensembles for performances as well as visual and media arts touring exhibits.
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ITVS COMMISSIONED FUNDING
ITVS accepts proposals on an ongoing basis for documentary projects that fall outside of the standing initiatives (DDF, LINCS, Open Call). 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. Producers should note that ITVS’s capacity to fund projects outside of its standing initiatives is extremely limited and highly competitive, but will consider programs for special support and funding on a case-by-case basis.
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ITVS LINCS FUND
LINCS now accepts projects year-round. LINCS (Linking Independents and Co-producing Stations) provides matching funds to producer-station partnerships. Up to $100,000 in matching funds is available for a single broadcast program. LINCS accepts single programs of standard broadcast length (half-hour or one-hour); demonstration projects that include both broadcast and transmedia components; programs that can be completed within one year of contract; programs that will engage national as well as regional audiences, revealing universal themes through the lens of local perspectives and realities. 
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JAPAN FOUNDATION NY GRANT FOR ARTS AND CULTURE
The Japan Foundation New York office (JFNY) accepts applications for projects that take place within the 37 states east of Rocky Mountains listed below for the JFNY Grant throughout the year. This grant aims to support projects that will further understanding of Japanese arts and culture. Successful projects may be granted up to $5,000. Priority will be given to those projects that have secured additional funding from sources other than the Japan Foundation. 
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JEROME FOUNDATION
The Jerome Foundation, offers grants to not-for-profit arts organizations and to fiscal sponsors applying on behalf of artists for the creation, development, and production of new works by emerging artists in New York City and Minnesota. Through the MN / NYC Film and Video Grant Programs, The Jerome Foundation operates production grant programs for individual film and video artists who reside within five boroughs of New York City and Minnesota. These programs serve artists who work in the genres of experimental, narrative, animation, and documentary production.
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JOHN D. AND CATHERINE T. MACARTHUR FOUNDATION
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation supports creative people and effective institutions committed to building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. MacArthur supports the production and distribution of news and documentary programs for television, radio, and the web that help inform the American public about important domestic and international current affairs and policy issues. Media, Culture, and Special Initiatives support public interest media, including documentary programming. Grants are also made to arts and cultural institutions in the Chicago area and for special initiatives.
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LYNN AND JULES KROLL FUND FOR JEWISH DOCUMENTARY FILM
Since 1996, the Lynn and Jules Kroll Fund for Jewish Documentary Film has supported the completion of over 85 original documentaries that explore the Jewish experience in all its complexity. The fund was created with a lead grant from Steven Spielberg’s Righteous Persons Foundation and sustained over 10 years with major support from the Charles H. Revson Foundation. The priority of the fund is to support projects that address significant subjects; offer fresh, challenging perspectives; engage diverse audiences; and expand the understanding of Jewish experiences. 
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MAINE HUMANITIES COUNCIL
The Maine Humanities Council offers Discretionary and Planning Grants from $100-$500 to support small scale public humanities projects, such as lectures, program notes, etc., or planning, development and research activities in preparation for larger projects, or for testing new programming ideas, developing educational materials, etc. Their Major grants support a variety of larger humanities projects such as exhibits, conferences, films, and other initiatives.
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MAINE HUMANITIES COUNCIL GENERAL HUMANITIES COMMUNITY OUTREACH GRANTS
Maine Humanities Council General Humanities Community Outreach Grants offer support for a wide variety of modestly sized public humanities projects, such as exhibits, lecture and film series, reading and discussion programs, symposia, cultural celebrations, etc. Grants are awarded in amounts from $501-$1000. Average award: $750. Proposals can be submitted anytime, but generally not less than six weeks before the start of activities.
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MARIN ARTS COUNCIL
Marin Arts Council offers individual artist grants in the amount of $4,000-$10,000 each are awarded to artists in a variety of media. Community Arts Grants up to $5,000 each are awarded to projects that bring artists and the community together. This includes artists in schools and social institutions as well as community-based art programs for special groups such as the homeless, seniors, and those with terminal illnesses. 
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MARYLAND HUMANITIES COUNCIL OPPORTUNITY GRANTS
The Opportunity Grant program provides small grants, up to $1,200, that give priority to the programming needs of small institutions and underserved audiences. The Opportunity Grant is flexible and responsive, designed to provide easy access to support new and innovative programs in the humanities.
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McKNIGHT ARTIST FELLOWSHIPS FOR FILMMAKERS
This fellowship is available to mid-career filmmakers and media artists in Minnesota. Documentary, narrative, animation, experimental, and new media directors are welcome to apply. Two $25,000 Fellowships for Minnesota filmmakers are awarded each year. The Fellows are selected by a panel of jurors who are film artists and professionals from outside of Minnesota. Applicants submit two completed films/videos, which jurors evaluate for consistent artistic excellence and merit, clarity and uniqueness of vision, professional quality in the technical aspects of production, and demonstrable, sustained growth in the artist's career.
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MEDIA ALLIANCE
Media Alliance offers fiscal sponsorship to new not-for-profit organizations and temporary media projects that align with our mission and are compatible with our values. If you are interested in applying for fiscal sponsorship with MA, send an e-mail with a brief description of your project to tracy@media-alliance.org.
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NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS--MEDIA ARTS
The National Endowment for the Arts defines media arts as film, television, radio, audio, video, the Internet, interactive and mobile technologies, art created using digital technology, transmedia storytelling, video games, and content delivered via satellite. Grants are available to support the development, production, and national distribution of innovative projects that demonstrate media as art and media about the arts (e.g., visual arts, music, dance, literature, design, theater, musical theater, opera, folk & traditional arts, and media arts including animation and digital art).
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NATIVE AMERICAN PUBLIC TELECOMMUNICATIONS (NAPT) PRODUCER OPPORTUNITY FUND
The Producer Opportunity Fund encourages participation in professional development activities that enhance skills in areas such as TV production, marketing, business development or involvement in Public Broadcasting-sponsored workshops. Open to individuals who have a track record of producing public television programs about Native American subject matter, and who have been or are currently being funded by NAPT. Applications must be received by 30 days prior to start of the event.
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NEW MEXICO HUMANITIES COUNCIL
The New Mexico Humanities Council (NMHC) accepts applications for funding to conduct high quality humanities programs for public audiences throughout the state. NMHC will fund films or videos if they are an integral part of another project, such as a video as part of an exhibit or oral history project.
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NORTH CAROLINA HUMANITIES COUNCIL
The Humanities Council welcomes project proposals that support free, public programs addressing fundamental questions about who we are and how we live in the world we share. The Humanities Council's programs emphasize critical thinking skills essential for all citizens to be able to participate in our democracy. North Carolinians of every walk of life, hue, and creed engage in these activities by examining what we value, how we relate to each other, how we cope with change, and how we express ourselves. In particular, the Humanities Council encourages programs that explore North Carolina's rich diversity by examining the culture and traditions of specific groups as well as programs that foster cross-cultural understanding.
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OMNI DOCUMENTARY FUNDS
As part of the licensing approval process for OMNI.2, Rogers Media Television made a number of important commitments to finance the independent production of ethnic/third-language documentary and drama programming, and to support multilingual/multicultural public service projects. Within the $50 million in total commitments, OMNI Television will dedicate $32.5 million to fund the independent production of ethnic/third-language documentary and drama programs. This will take place over seven years (2009). OMNI Television will be reviewing proposals filed by independent producers seeking to access funds from these initiatives and to broadcast these programs on our stations. The purpose of this document is to outline the principles and guidelines to be used by OMNI Television in our review of program proposals submitted by independent producers. 
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OPPENHEIMER CAMERA NEW FILMMAKER GRANT PROGRAM
Oppenheimer Cine Rental has been renting a 16 and 35mm motion picture cameras and related equipment for over twenty-seven years from our location in Seattle. Over the years we have watched new filmmakers struggle to turn their film ideas into reality. We are now able to do more to encourage and support these new filmmakers than we have before. With this commitment, we introduce our New Filmmaker Equipment Grant Program.
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OREGON PRODUCTION INVESTMENT FUND
The Oregon Production Investment Fund offers qualifying film or television productions a 20% cash rebate on production-related goods and services paid to Oregon vendors and a 10% cash rebate of wages paid for work done in Oregon including both Oregon and non-Oregon residents. The labor portion of this rebate can be combined with the Greenlight Oregon program for an effective labor rebate of 16.2%. A production must directly spend at least US $750,000 in Oregon to qualify. There is no per production cap.
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PACIFIC ISLANDERS IN COMMUNICATION (PIC) MEDIA FUND
The goal of Pacific Islanders in Communications is to support the development of national public broadcast programming that enhances public recognition of and appreciation for Pacific Islander history, culture, and society. PIC accomplishes this by nurturing and supporting filmmakers through its Research & Development (R&D), Production, and Completion funds. PIC staff is available to help and provide feedback on all film proposals until two weeks before the deadline. PIC also offers Production and Completion Funds. 
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PACIFIC PIONEER FUND
The Pacific Pioneer Fund supports emerging documentary filmmakers. The term "emerging" is intended to denote a person committed to the craft of making documentaries, who has demonstrated that commitment by several years of practical film or video experience. Limited to organizations anywhere in the US, certified by the IRS as "public charities", which undertake to supervise any project for which individuals receive funds, and to control the selection of individual recipients of funds.
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PANAVISION NEW FILMMAKER PROGRAM
Panavision’s New Filmmaker Program is an ongoing grant program that was started over 20 years ago. Panavision believes in giving new filmmakers the opportunity to pursue their vision by donating a camera package. Without this, many young filmmakers might feel it is impossible to complete their project. Panavision has seen many filmmakers come through the program and continue on in a very successful career, and in most cases they become a regular Panavision customer. Through this program, Panavision donates the use of 16mm or 35mm motion picture camera equipment to filmmakers who are making Public Service Announcements (PSAs), Showcase Reels, "Low-Budget" Independent Features or any other type of short not-for-profit project.
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PUBLIC MEDIA CONTENT FUND
The Public Media Content Fund (PMCF) is an open invitation to independent producers to submit proposals for a program, limited series or short web-based digital video projects (no longer than 20 minutes) on any subject that relates to or is representative of Latino Americans that is appropriate for public television and/or one of its platforms. Programs should bring new audiences to public media and have national relevance presenting a range of subjects, issues and viewpoints that complement and challenge existing public media offerings. Check the website for deadlines. 
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PUMA.CREATIVE CATALYST AWARD
These awards are open to emerging and established filmmakers working anywhere in the world. They welcome one-off, creative documentary ideas of any length and subject, in any style and form, but we are particularly keen on ideas that speak to PUMA.Vision’s core values of Safe, Peace and Creative. This is a rapid response fund, providing resources in the early stages of documentary projects, to shoot and edit a film trailer. The fund is open to filmmakers of any nationality.
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PUMA.CREATIVE IMPACT AWARD
The PUMA.Creative Impact Award is a major new annual award to honour the documentary film creating the most significant impact in the world. This award acknowledges the film’s makers and will help the continuation of the film’s campaign work. Their aim is to draw attention to the finest social justice filmmaking in the world, with a prize that underlines the role and importance of documentary film in society; a prize that encourages best practice in the filmmaking community, to collect and communicate relevant data on these films.
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RHODE ISLAND COUNCIL FOR THE HUMANITIES
Major grants of over $2000 are awarded at biannual deadlines to non-profit organizations to support public humanities projects. Major grant applicants must register their Intent to Apply online prior to submitting a proposal. Major grants support the production of live public programs and media programs as well as technical assistance for development of humanities resources and archives. Project formats include (but are not limited to): talks and lectures, historical dramatizations, panel discussions, book or film discussions, workshops, museum interpretations and public exhibits, oral histories, Teacher Institutes and the development of educational materials, documentary films, podcasts and radio programs.
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SAN FRANCISCO FILM SOCIETY DOCUMENTARY FILM FUND
The San Francisco Film Society has created a dynamic new grant for feature documentaries in postproduction. The Documentary Film Fund supports riveting documentaries distinguished by compelling stories, intriguing characters and innovative visual approach. A total of $100,000 will be disbursed annually to documentary filmmakers nationwide. Grants will be awarded in the fall of each year. Exact amounts of individual grants and the number of grants made each year will be determined on an annual basis.
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SUNDANCE INSTITUTE DOCUMENTARY FUND
Sundance Institute Documentary Fund grants are announced twice a year. Since its inception, the Fund has supported more than 500 films in 61 countries. A committee of human rights experts and film professionals make recommendations from projects submitted by filmmakers from around the world. The Fund reviews between 1,400 and 2,000 proposals annually, choosing 35-50 for support each year. In funding such work, the Documentary Fund encourages the diverse exchange of ideas that is crucial to fostering an open society and public dialogue about contemporary issues.
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TFI DOCUMENTARY FUND
TFI Documentary Fund provides grants and guidance to support exceptional character-driven, non-fiction works-in-progress that sit outside of the social issue landscape and aim to take audiences into someone else's environment and spotlight the journey of the individual.
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TFI LATIN AMERICA MEDIA ARTISTS FUND
TFI Latin America Media Arts Fund supports innovative film and video artists living and working in the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America whose works reflect their diverse cultures in the documentary or mixed media form.
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TFI NEW MEDIA FUND
TFI New Media Fund provides funding and support to non-fiction, social issue media projects which go beyond traditional screens -- integrating film with content across media platforms, from video games and mobile apps to social networks and interactive websites.
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TRIBECA ALL ACCESS
Tribeca All Access supports working filmmakers who come from communities traditionally underrepresented in the film industry by providing grants, year-round resources and greater access to industry contacts.
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U.S. GENERAL FUND
The U.S. General Fund is for Lesbian, Trans, Intersex and LGBTI social change organizations and projects (including film, video, media and cultural projects) that directly address the depth and complexity of critical issues in LGBTI communities.
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VIRGINIA FOUNDATIONS FOR THE HUMANITIES
VFH funds public humanities programs in Virginia that are shaped by and significantly involve humanities scholars and/or other community experts. The grant program encourages projects that increase public understanding of important issues and enrich the cultural life of the state, such as lectures or lecture series, community forums and public discussions, including book or film discussion programs, festivals, conferences and symposia, media programs: films, script development, videos, television, radio, and digital media projects.
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WALLACE ALEXANDER GERBODE FOUNDATION
The Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation is interested in programs and projects offering potential for significant impact. The primary focus is on the San Francisco Bay Area (counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo) and Hawaii. To qualify for support, an organization must be a tax-exempt public charity, as determined by Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3). 
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