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New 2020 California Documentary Project Guidelines Now Available

Grant funding for documentary film, audio, and interactive media

Deadline: November 2, 2020

California? It’s complicated—almost 40 million people and 40 million stories. California Humanities invites proposals for the 2020 California Documentary Project (CDP) grant program for film, audio, and interactive media projects that explore California in all its complexity. Productions of any documentary style and length are eligible—shorts, features, podcasts, web series, VR, (and more)—we like them all!

Funding is available in two categories:

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

We seek 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 and online distribution, at community screenings and discussions, and in classrooms, libraries, cultural centers, film festivals, and more.

Since 2003, California Humanities has awarded over $5.5 million through the CDP grant program to nonfiction film, audio, and interactive media projects. Each adds a new layer to a complex and growing portrait of California. Together, they help us better understand who we are and where we live.

Join us live on September 16 at 1pm for an informational webinar on how to apply to the November 2, 2020 deadline of the California Documentary Project. Learn how to make your application stand out, become familiar with the application process, and connect with Senior Program Officer John Lightfoot.

CDP Applicant Webinar
Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 1—2:30 pm PT
Register for the webinar

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

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

California residency is not required to apply.

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

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