UnionDocs has listed its favorite documentary specific grants that are now accepting applications. The latest deadline is August 19th so check them out and see if it’s a good fit for you and your documentary project.
Sundance Institute’s Documentary Fund
Sundance Institute’s Documentary Fund and Awards division is a core element of the DFP, granting between $1 and $2 million per year to support U.S. and international contemporary independent documentary films. With submission deadlines in February and July each year, and other special invitation only opportunities, the Fund reviews 1,700-2,000 proposals annually, and grants about 45-55 projects from filmmakers around the world.
Application guidelines: http://www.sundance.org/
Catapult Film Funds
Catapult Film Fund provides development funding to documentary filmmakers Purchase who 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. Their mission is to enable filmmakers to develop their film projects to the next level at a moment where funding is hard to find. They support powerful stories, and moving storytelling, across a broad spectrum of issues and perspectives.
Applications will be accepted until midnight August 19th 2013. Grant decisions will be announced in October 2013.
The Fledging Fund
Most of these grants support outreach and audience engagement for social issue documentaries and range from smaller planning grants to implementation grants for projects that have a clear plan ready to launch. A small number of these grants support post-production for timely projects that have strong social change potential.
The Hot Docs-Blue Ice Group Documentary Fund is a grant program providing financial support to African documentary filmmakers for development and production. Development grants of $3000 – $8000 and Production grants of $5000 – $40,000 are awarded to approximately four to 10 projects annually.
Application guidelines: http://www.hotdocs.ca/funds/