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One of the 2018 California Documentary Project NEXT GEN grant awardees is Youth Beat’s Understanding Change in Oakland: A Youth Perspective that documents the rapidly changing face of Oakland and what it means for the city’s young people. Image courtesy of Youth Beat.

CDP NextGen Deadline Extended

Note: We are extending the 2020 CDP NextGen deadline to Wednesday, March 18 at 5 pm, due to concerns about the COVID-19 virus and its impact on applicants. 

California Humanities is pleased to announce 2020 guidelines for CDP NextGen, a funding opportunity through the California Documentary Project grant program in support of California’s next generation of documentary mediamakers. Eligible applicants may request up to $15,000.

If California is at times seen as an indicator of where the United States is headed, then the state’s 9.2 million young people under the age of 18 will play an increasingly significant role in shaping who we are and the issues that we care about both regionally and nationally in coming years. With an eye toward the next national election and the goal of amplifying youth voices, we want to hear the insights and perspectives of soon-to-be-voting-age Californians on the subjects and issues that both divide and unite us.

CDP NextGen invites applications from California-based nonprofit organizations and public agencies, including school and public libraries, with track records in youth media programming to provide training and support to emerging mediamakers in the creation of short, insightful nonfiction films and/or podcasts that tell original stories about life in California today.

California Humanities is particularly interested in projects that, in addition to providing technical training in media production, actively support young Californians in thinking critically about media messages. Competitive proposals will also encourage reflection and deepened understanding of subjects and issues relevant to participants’ lives and communities. See examples of past CDP NextGen-funded projects.

For grant guidelines, instructions, or to start a new application, please visit the California Documentary Project grants page.

Applications due March 18, 2020.

California Humanities hosted a free informational webinar on how to apply to CDP NextGen on Monday, February 10. See a recording of the webinar here.

Guidelines and application materials are available on the CDP grant page.

Get more info and apply

For more information, contact Senior Program Officer John Lightfoot, 415.391.1474 x314.

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