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2018 California Documentary Project Adds New Grant Workshop Opportunities

Application Deadline: November 1, 2018

California Humanities offers free informational grant workshops on how to apply to the 2018 California Documentary Project (CDP) grant program.

Are you considering applying to the 2018 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?

We are offering free informational grant workshops where you can get your questions answered and learn more about what makes a competitive application. Join California Humanities Senior Program Officer John Lightfoot at one of the workshops below and be sure to bring your questions with you.

The workshops are free but space is limited and an RSVP is required to attend. Please be sure to review the CDP grant guidelines available on the CDP webpage in advance!


2018 CDP Workshops

Register here to attend one of these sessions:


CDP Grant Workshop—Oakland

Tuesday, October 2, 6:30-8:30 pm

Hosted by California Humanities

To attend, register here


NEW! CDP Grant Workshop—Los Angeles

Wednesday, October 3, 7:00 – 9:00pm

Hosted by Film Independent

To attend, register here


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 
  • Production Grants up to $50,000 

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.


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


For more information, contact Senior Program Officer John Lightfoot.

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