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SAN FRANCISCO—Workshop on Funding for Documentary Media in the Humanities

August 22, 2019 @ 9:00 am11:00 am

Image: Production photo from FREE FOR ALL: INSIDE THE PUBLIC LIBRARY. A documentary film funded by California Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

SAN FRANCISCO—Are you considering applying for a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Media grant or a 2019 California Documentary Project grant with a film, audio, or digital media project? Do you have questions about writing the proposal, filling out the budget form, or submitting work samples? Or do you want to know more about humanities advisers and what role the humanities can play? Join David Weinstein, senior program officer with the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and John Lightfoot, senior program officer with California Humanities for this informational session on funding for documentary films in the humanities.

Thursday, August 22, 2019, 4–6 pm

Mechanics’ Institute 57 Post Street San Francisco, CA  94104

The NEH’s Media Projects grant program funds documentary films, radio programs, and podcasts in the humanities. The program has supported many award-winning historical documentaries. There are two levels of funding: Development and Production. David will discuss funding for long-form documentaries as well as an exciting new grant program, Short Documentaries. This program funds short documentary films (up to 30 minutes) that engage audiences with humanities ideas. The California Documentary Project (CDP) is a competitive grant program that supports the research and development and production stages of film, audio, and digital media projects that seek to document California in all its complexity. Projects should use the humanities to provide context, depth and perspective and 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. Funding for the November 1 deadline is available in two categories: Research and Development Grants up to $10,000, and Production Grants up to $50,000. We will offer tips on preparing your proposal, discuss what makes an application competitive, share news, and leave plenty of time for your questions. Be sure to bring your questions with you. The workshop is free but space is limited and an RSVP is required to attend.

Contact: John Lightfoot, Senior Program Officer,, 415-391-1474 x314

California Humanities would like to thank The Mechanics’ Institute for hosting this workshop.


Mechanic’s Institute
57 Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94104 United States
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