During the last decade, the contraction of print and broadcast media and the expansion of digital platforms spurred an unprecedented crossover between journalism and independent nonfiction filmmaking. Documentarians, working alone or in small teams, are increasingly taking on high-stakes storytelling once the domain of legacy media. Very often, they do so without the support, resources, and protection of established institutions. The IDA Enterprise Documentary Fund seeks to support this critically important work, while helping filmmakers retain their independent voices and artistic visions.

The IDA Enterprise Documentary Fund, with major support from The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, provides production and development funds to documentary films taking on in-depth explorations of original, contemporary stories and integrating journalistic practice into the filmmaking process. In addition to funds, grantees will receive additional resources and expertise tailored to the needs of the project. Inclusion and diversity, both in terms of the filmmaking team and subject matter, are a priority of the fund.

For more information, read "The IDA Enterprise Documentary Fund: Where Journalism and Filmmaking Meet" by Carrie Lozano, Director of the Fund. 

For more information on the application process, watch the recorded live stream conversation and Q&A with the Enterprise Team of Carrie Lozano and Dana Merwin here.

Production Grants up to $100k

Application Opens: January 2020

Application Deadline: March 1, 2020


Development Grants up to $15k

Application Opens: August 2020 


Logan Elevate Grants 

The Logan Elevate Grant provides funds to emerging women filmmakers of color directing feature-length documentary films that explore original, contemporary stories and integrate journalistic practice into the filmmaking process. Funding provided by the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation—empowering world-changing work.