July 28, 2016 by California Humanities

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California Documentary Project
Grants for film, audio and interactive media
Deadline: November 1, 2016

California Humanities is pleased to announce the 2016 deadline for the California Documentary Project (CDP) competitive grant program. CDP supports the research and development and production stages of humanities-based media projects that enhance our understanding of California and its cultures, peoples, and histories. Projects should use the humanities to provide context, depth, and perspective, be suitable for California and national audiences, and seek to reach, inform and engage broad audiences through multiple means, including but not limited to public presentations, community screenings and discussions, radio and television broadcasts, podcasts, online distribution and interactive media, in classrooms, libraries, cultural centers, film festivals, and more.

Funding is available in two categories:

  • Research & Development Grants up to $10,000
  • Production Grants up to $50,000

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

You can view the most recent California Documentary Grant Application webinar here.

For more information, contact John Lightfoot, Senior Program Officer,

California Humanities is an independent non-profit and a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Since 2003, we have awarded over $4.5 million to film, audio and web-based projects that document the California experience and explore issues of significance to Californians. Some supported projects include No Más Bebés?, The Last Day of Freedom, Romeo is Bleeding, REAL BOY, California Foodways, ARTBOUND, The Case Against 8, The Ovarian Psycos, Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning, We Were Here: The AIDS Years in San Francisco, Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone, Hollywood Chinese, and many more

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