Fiscal Sponsorship

For almost 30 years IDA's fiscal sponsorship program has been helping independent documentary projects of all types get funded, finished and seen. Last year we administered over 7 million dollars in donations and grants to our sponsored projects.

The fiscal sponsorship program is open to independent filmmakers and documentarians, regardless of education, background or previous credits. Whether this is your first film or you've been making documentaries as long as we've been sponsoring them, if you have an idea and a plan to see it through, we can help.

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Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund

The Pare Lorentz Documentary Fund supports full-length documentary films that reflect the spirit and nature of legendary documentary filmmaker Pare Lorentz's work.

The Fund provides annual production grants totaling $95,000 to be used in the creation of original, independent documentary films that illuminate pressing issues in the United States and focus on one of Pare Lorentz's central concerns—the appropriate use of the natural environment, justice for all or the illumination of pressing social problems.

2020 Applications Closed


IDA Enterprise Documentary Fund

The IDA Enterprise Documentary Fund provides production and development funds to feature-length 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.

Production Grant: 2020 Applications Closed

Development Grant: August 31,  2020 - October 26, 2020



The Documentary Core Application Project

The Documentary Core Application is a collaborative effort by grantors who regularly fund documentary projects to standardize application requirements, with the aim of fostering greater access and a more equitable and sustainable documentary field.

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Grants and Fellowship Directory

Looking for funding, fellowship or workshop opportunities for your documentary? IDA has a comprehensive database for filmmakers around the world.

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