Grant Information


Oregon Media Arts Fellowship

The Oregon Media Arts Fellowship(s) provides financial and other support for production expenses to enable Oregon film or video artists to create or complete new work or works in progress. The Media Arts Fellowship recognizes and assists media artists whose work shows exceptional promise and who have demonstrated a commitment to film or video art. The Oregon Arts Commission, the Gordon D. Sondland and Katherine J. Durant Foundation, and Oregon Public Broadcasting fund the program. The Media Arts Fellowship program is administered by the Northwest Film Center/Portland Art Museum. Additional support is provided by the Oregon Governor's Office of Film & Television and Chambers Communications.


In addition to the cash fellowship(s) to be awarded, Chambers Communications has contributed a studio package to the Oregon Media Arts Fellowship program. The studio award consists of a one week use of Chambers’ video, audio, or stage facilities. The stage is a 14,400 sq.ft stage with AC, wood floor for set construction, and grid.


Post-production facilities include use of an Avid Nitris HD suite with editor. The audio portion consists of a new 5.1 Surround mixing suite with Pro Tools HD, audio engineer, and tracking room with foley. The winner may choose to use 2 weeks of stage and one week of either audio or video post, or three weeks of stage, but no more than one week in audio or video post.

For more information about the Fellowship, click here or contact Thomas Phillipson:


Application information for 2012 TBA.

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Sponsors grants and fellowships to encourage developing filmmakers.


Cinereach funds artful narrative and documentary films that depict underrespresented perspectives, cross international boundaries, and start meaningful conversations. Film projects that are consistent with Cinereach's ethos favor good storytelling over didacticism, complexity over traditional duality. Cinereach-supported films demonstrate creativity, visual artistry, and take a character-based approach.

In the past, Cinereach has awarded grants from $5,000 to $50,000 per project.

Funding Priorities:
  • Provide insight and stimulate dialogue that leads to positive change
  • Challenge prejudice and work towards universal human rights
  • Empower individuals and communities to work toward global unity

  • Deadlines:
  • Letter of Inquiry Deadline: June 1, 2012 (11:59pm EST)
  • Full Proposals Requested from Selected Applicants: July 19, 2012
  • Full Proposal Deadline: August 9, 2012

  • For grant priorities and guidelines click here

    For additional information about Cinereach and its grants & awards click here

    Corporation for Public Broadcasting

    CPB is a major source of funding for innovative, educational and informational public television programming. Documentary programs and series like Africa: Land of the Sun and Accordion Dreams, children’s series like Arthur and Dragon Tales, and Web sites for programs like People Like Us: Class in America and Ralph Bunche: An American Odyssey, to name just a few from this season’s PBS National Program Service, all received CPB production funding. In addition to the targeted initiatives described below, CPB is always interested in reviewing proposals for high impact, prime-time programming projects that help viewers better understand the complex and volatile world we live in.

    Creative Capital

    Creative Capital Offers film grants of up to $10,000.

    Disney - ABC Television Group The Walt Disney Studios

    2012 Writing, Directing, Acting, and Production Fellowships
    Please visit:
    Phone: 818.460.6932 Fiscal Sponsorship Program Sponsorship's Fiscal Sponsorship Program sponsors non-commercial documentary film or video projects in all stages of production.

    Documentary Educational Resources

    Documentary Educational Resources will offer their support as a non-profit, fiscal sponsor for independent documentary filmmakers seeking grants. Interested filmmakers should send a letter of inquiry with a brief description and one page budget of their project to:

    Cynthia Close, Exec. Dir. Documentary Educational Resources 101 Morse Street Watertown, MA 02472 FAX: 617-926-9519

    Foundation for Jewish Culture: The Lynn and Jules Kroll Fund for Jewish Documentary Film

    The Lynn and Jules Kroll Fund for Jewish Documentary Film supports the completion of original documentaries that explore the Jewish experience in all its complexity. The fund was created with a lead grant from Steven Spielberg's Righteous Persons Foundation and is sustained with major support from the Charles H. Revson Foundation. The priority of the fund is to support projects that address significant subjects; offer fresh, challenging perspectives; engage audiences across cultural lines; and expand the understanding of Jewish experiences.

    Grants from the fund, which generally range in size from $15,000 to $35,000, are awarded to up to six filmmakers annually for post-production support.

    The Foundation is currently accepting applications for the Lynn and Jules Kroll Fund for Jewish Documentary Film.

    For more information and updates click here

    The Fund for Women Artists in the West

    The Fund for Women Artists is founded on the belief that women artists have the power to change the way women are perceived in our society. The Fund wants to make sure that artists have full access to the financial and other resources they need to do this crucial work. They focus mainly on women in theatre, film, and video and they have 2 main goals: to challenge stereotpes and to increase opportunities. There are currently 4 grant opportunities available to Oregon women artists:

  • Lilla Jewel Award for Women Artists: The artistic categories rotate and include media and multi-arts, visual arts, and music and/or dance. Grants are offered up to $4,000 and available in Oregon only. This award has emphasis on women of color and lesbians.

  • For more information contact the MRG Foundation at (503) 289-1517 or

  • Women's Vision Film Grants: These grants support female filmmakers in Oregon and SW Washington who tell engaging stories that increase social awareness and tolerance, both within and beyond our immediate communities. Eligible projects must be directed by a woman and must include at least two women in key roles - producer, writer, cinematographer, or editor. Documentary and narrative projects are eligible.

  • For more information contact Film Action Oregon, Women's Vision Film Grants at (503) 493-1128 or

  • Agape Foundation: The Agape Foundation provides funds for the distribution of films/videos that address peace and justice issues, and is available in Western states only. Grants are available in amounts ranging from $500-$2,000.

    For more information contact the Agape Foundation at (415) 701-8707 or

  • Pacific Pioneer Fund: The Pacific Pioneer Fund offers funding in the range of $1,000-$10,000 to support emerging California, Washington, and Oregon documentary filmmakers. Projects must have non-profit fiscal sponsors, which may be based anywhere in the United States.

    For more information contact the Pacific Pioneer Fund at (650) 996-3122 or

  • Hartley Film Foundation: Grant with Fiscal Sponsorship

    The Hartley Film Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to production, cultivation, support, and distribution of the best documentaries and audio meditations on world religion and spirituality. In conjunction with its grants, Hartley also provides filmmakers with fiscal sponsorship services and in return the fiscal sponsees agree to pay Hartley a small percentage of any net profits derived from the film project.

    How to Apply:

    Send proposal to:

    Hartley Film Foundation, Inc.
    49 Richmondville Avenue, Suite 204
    Westport, CT 06880
    Attn: Sarah Masters

    For additional information contact (800) 937-1819 or visit

    Independent Television Service (ITVS)

    ITVS funds, distributes, and promotes new programs primarily for public television. They work with independent producers to create and present programs that take creative risks, advance issues, and represent points of view not usually seen on public or commercial television. ITVS is committed to programming that addresses the needs of underserved and underrepresented audiences. They look for programs that bring new audiences to public television and that expand civic participation by bringing diverse voices into the public sphere.

    For more information on ITVS' various funding programs click here

    Licensing Video Rights

    Schlessinger Media is interested in licensing video rights for the U.S. and Canada to educationally-oriented programs. In particular they are looking for new series on literature, world cultures, science, geography, history and math. Any producers with completed educational programs for which non-theatric rights are available should contact:

    Shveta Berry, Acquisitions Coordinator Schlessinger Media
    A Division of Library Video Company
    7 East Wynnewood Road
    Wynnewood, PA 19096
    610-645-4000 x 232

    National Alliance for Media Arts

    The National Alliance for Media Arts & Culture provides an updated list of available grants and has some grant programs of their own.

    National Endowment for the Arts - Media Arts

    The National Endowment for the Arts supports organizations that are involved in a broad spectrum of activity in the media arts - film, radio, and television - including the production, exhibition, distribution, and preservation of work; the provision of services to the field; and the training of artists.

    For information on the various grants available for arts projects including arts on the radio and television and grants for preservation/conservation click here

    National Endowment for the Humanities

    NEH is an independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities.

    National Film Preservation Foundation Grants

    The National Film Preservation Foundation (NFPF) was created by the U.S. Congress to save America’s film heritage. Working with archives and others who appreciate film, the NFPF supports preservation activities nationwide that ensure the physical survival of film and improve access to film for study, education and exhibition. The foundation provides grants of $4,000 to $10,000 to nonprofit and public archives for laboratory work to preserve culturally and historically significant film material. Nonprofit funding only.

    Nichols Fellowships in Screenwriting

    OMPA: Media Arts Education Fund

    The OMPA Media Arts Education Fund provides scholarships of $300-$1,000 to further opportunities in the following fields: journalism, film, video, audio, photography, and multi-media. Project- or program-based awards may include both cash and in-kind contributions of goods and or services. Scholarships are awarded in three classes: Individual Education Scholarship, Project-Based Scholarship, and Scholastic Program Scholarship.

    Oregon Arts Commission

    The Oregon Arts Commission offers a variety of matching grants to support arts programming in Oregon. Grant programs are supported with general funds from the State of Oregon and the Oregon Cultural Trust, and federal dollars from the National Endowment for the Arts.

    View information on the various grants here:

    Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media

    The Paul Robeson Fund supports media activism and grassroots organizing by funding the pre-production and distribution of social issue film and video projects and the production and distribution of radio projects, made by local, state, national or international organizations and individual media producers. The maximum grant award is $20,000; most grants range ebtween $5,000 and $15,000.

    For additional information click here

    The Phelan Art Award

    James D. Phelan Art award in Film of $7,500 is available to a California-born filmmaker whose body of work exhibits high artistic achievement and creativity. Filmmakers born in California, regardless of current residency, are eligible to apply.

    The Phelan Art Award in Film
    Film Arts Foundation
    145 Ninth St #101
    San Francisco CA 94103

    The Roy W. Dean Film & Video Grants

    Roy W. Dean Film and Video Grants offers writing and editing grants.

    The Film Grant Where You Win Even If You Lose

    The Roy W. Dean Spring Grant is now accepting applications. Deadline is April 30th. The winner receives $25,000 in film goods, services, and funds to get their film started or completed. The grant seeks short films, documentaries, features, or series that are unique and make a contribution to society.

    Now, in its 23rd year, the cash portion of the grant has increased to $3,500. Winner will receive about $25,000 in goods and services from Edgewise, Silver Sound, Edgewise, Nice shoes, Carmen Borgia and many more wonderful organizations who give back to filmmakers through our grant.

    But, if you don’t win, you still end up ahead. Each applicant gets a consultation from Carole Dean, president of From The Heart Productions, author of the bestselling- book, “The Art of Film Funding”. With over 20 years’ experience judging films, mentoring filmmakers, and helping films get funded, she will give the applicants advice on improving their story, their pitch, and their project.

    Application and guidelines are on our website:

    Contact: (805) 984-0098


    Standby offers low cost sound design and editing assistance to filmmakers.

    Student Academy Awards:

    Sundance Documentary Fund

    The Sundance documentary fund supports international documentary films & videos on current & significant issues in human rights, freedom of expression, social justice & civil liberties. Development funds for research & pre-production awarded up to $20,000; works-in-progress funds for production and post-production up to $100,000.

    Contact: Sundance Documentary Fund

    TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund

    In 2010, the TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund will provide up to $140,000 in support of innovative and compelling filmmaking that explores scientific, mathematical, and technological themes and storylines, or a leading character who is a scientist, engineer, innovator or mathematician in fresh ways.

    We are seeking exceptional narrative work of all genres (except science fiction or fantasy) with scientifically accurate themes or characters.

    Past projects that have received funding for screenplay development through the TFI/Sloan Partnership include outstanding screenplays about Rosalind Franklin, Hedy Lamarr, Richard Feynman, Edwin Hubble, Ramanujan, Stanley Milgram, Muhammad Yunus, the boy who built a nuclear reactor in his backyard, as well as many comedies.

    More about the TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund...

    (212) 274-8080 ext 22.