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Left to right: Chinatown Rising, No Más Bebés, Romeo Is Bleeding
Left to right: Chinatown Rising, No Más Bebés, Romeo Is Bleeding

California Documentary Project Applications Due November 1

Time is getting tight, but it’s still possible to apply for a 2018 California Documentary Project grant by November 1.

Funding for film, audio, and digital media projects is available in two categories:

CDP Research and Development Grants up to $10,000

CDP Production Grants up to $50,000

For grant 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

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. California residency is not required to apply.

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 to projects that document California and its cultures, peoples, and histories, and that together help us better understand who we are and where we live. Recently supported projects include the podcasts and radio series California FoodwaysThe Stoop, and The Intersection; interactive and transmedia documentaries such as K-TOWN ‘92 and The Mojave Projectand documentary films such as REAL BOYThe ReturnForever, ChinatownNo Más Bebés?, The Last Day of FreedomRomeo is BleedingOvarian PsycosTribal JusticeDogtown Redemption, and many more.



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