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2018 California Documentary Project Grant Guidelines Now Available!

California Documentary Project grants for film, audio and digital media are now available. Application webinar and workshops start in September. See below for dates and locations. 

Deadline: November 1, 2018

California? It’s complicated—almost 40 million people and 40 million stories. California Humanities invites proposals for the California Documentary Project (CDP) grant program that tell stories from every corner of the state and explore California in all its complexity. We seek compelling film, audio, and digital media projects that reflect a broad cross-section of Californians’ stories; bring new and previously unheard perspectives to light; and help reveal the breadth and range of California’s cultures, peoples, and histories. Shorts, podcasts, web series, features, (and more) are all eligible.

Funding is available in two categories for the November 1 deadline:

CDP Research and Development Grants up to $10,000

CDP Production Grants up to $50,000

CDP projects should use the humanities to provide context, depth and perspective and seek to reach and engage broad audiences through multiple means, including but not limited to radio and television broadcasts, podcasts, online distribution and interactive media, community screenings and discussions, in classrooms and libraries, at cultural centers, film festivals, and beyond.

Since 2003, California Humanities has awarded over $5 million through the CDP grant program to nonfiction film, audio and interactive media projects that document California in all its complexity. Each CDP project that uncovers, interprets and shares the experiences and stories of California and Californians adds a new layer to a complex and growing portrait of this state. Together, these productions help us better understand who we are and where we live. Recently supported projects include the podcasts and radio series The Stoop and California Foodways; interactive and transmedia documentaries such as K-TOWN ‘92 and The Mojave Project; and documentary films such as United Skates, The Force, REAL BOY, The Pushouts, Forever, Chinatown, The Last Day of Freedom, Romeo is Bleeding, Ovarian Psycos, The Return, Tribal Justice, and many more.

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

To start an online application, please visit https://ch-grants.smapply.io

For information on CDP NextGen grants (deadline September 14), please see this blog post.



To attend a free workshop or webinar on how to apply for a CDP grant, please register for one of these sessions:

CDP Application Webinar
Thursday, September 13, 10:30 am—noon PDT
To attend, register here

CDP Grant Workshop—Los Angeles
Monday, September 24, 6:30-8:30 pm
Hosted by Visual Communications
To attend, register here

CDP Grant Workshop—Oakland
Tuesday, October 2, 6:30-8:30 pm
Hosted by California Humanities
To attend, register here

For more information, contact Senior Program Officer John Lightfoot at jlightfoot@calhum.org

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