2023 California Documentary Project Grants

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2023 California Documentary Project Grants


California Humanities invites applications for the 2023 California Documentary Project (CDP) grant program for film, audio, and interactive media projects that explore California in all its complexity and tell stories from every corner of the state. Funding is available in two categories: Research and Development Grants up to $15,000 and Production Grants up to $50,000

California? It’s complicated—almost 40 million people and 40 million stories. We seek original documentary projects that bring new and previously unheard perspectives to light; reflect a broad cross-section of Californians’ stories; and help reveal the breadth and range of California’s cultures, peoples, and histories. Projects should use the humanities to provide context, depth, and perspective and plan to engage broad audiences through multiple means, including but not limited to broadcasts, streaming, and other online distribution; community screenings and discussions; and in classrooms, libraries, cultural centers, film festivals, and more. Productions of any documentary style and length are eligible—shorts, features, podcasts, web series, VR, (and more). California residency is not required to apply.

For grant guidelines, application instructions, and a list of previously awarded projects please visit the California Documentary Project grants page.

Register here to attend a free online informational workshop on September 21, 2023, 10:00 am PT on how to apply to the California Documentary Project grant,  Please review the grant guidelines and FAQ in advance and bring your questions with you!

To start an online application, visit: https://ch-grants.smapply.io/ Apply by November 1, 2023.