Via Visual Communications:

“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.”

DEADLINE: November 1.

FILMMAKERS FOCUSING ON QUEER STORIES (grants, October 31) by Bear Guerra

Via IDA:

“The Frameline Completion Fund provides grants to emerging and established filmmakers. This program seeks to provide a much-needed source of financial contributions to artists who often struggle to secure funding to complete their works. Grants up to $5,000 are available for the completion of films that represent and reflect LGBTQ+ life in all its complexity and richness.”

DEADLINE: October 31.

PHOTOJOURNALISTS (grant, September 6) by Bear Guerra

Via World Press Photo:

“The SVJI will commission, support, and publish a small number of new visual stories with a solutions focus. This will be done through a call for a diverse group of visual journalists to produce original, high-quality stories. The SVJI will provide a small budget for each chosen visual journalist to produce their story, and will encourage stories that can reach global audiences, especially younger audiences, through multiple channels and platforms. There will also be the opportunity for publication with media partners, including the New York Times “Fixes” column, as well as Witness, World Press Photo’s online magazine.

We are looking to commission, support, and publish a small number of new and original visual stories with a solutions focus. The number of projects to be selected depends on the quality of the proposals. The level of funding for each project depends on the needs and viability of the proposal, but as a guide projects could be supported with a grant of approximately €5,000 each.”

DEADLINE: September 6.

ARTIST-JOURNALIST COLLABORATIONS (grant, rolling deadline) by Bear Guerra

Via Eyebeam Center for the Future of Journalism:

“The Eyebeam Center for the Future of Journalism (ECFJ) is an experimental grant-making program that supports artists and artist-journalist teams producing innovative and revelatory journalistic work for major media outlets.

Underwritten by Craig Newmark PhilanthropiesECFJ is the first initiative of its kind to directly facilitate artists’ major media commissions in the realm of journalism. With the belief that artists are central in the invention and design of our shared future, and also critical in shifting public debate, ECFJ supports the execution of pieces that focus on reimagining the way stories are told, particularly around technology and society.

The funds distributed to grantees assist with research, travel, and other expenses many media outlets struggle to cover, allowing stories that are often out of reach in today’s climate to be produced.”

DEADLINE: Rolling.



Via Center for Health Journalism:

“The USC Center for Health Journalism Impact Fund provides reporting support to journalists who think big and want to make a difference in their communities. We welcome applications from journalists or newsrooms that want to tackle ambitious investigative or explanatory projects – by themselves, as a newsroom-wide undertaking or as a collaboration with other media outlets in their communities. 

The Fund invites proposals that illuminate our national and state debates on health care policy and the impact of ongoing or proposed changes to the social safety net. The Fund also supports groundbreaking reporting on the health of underserved communities. It helps journalists bring untold stories to light and to investigate promising approaches to chronic ills.

Explorations can range from a look at environmental conditions where people live and work to the impact of race and ethnicity on health, or how poverty and education can shape wellbeing. We are especially interested in investigative or explanatory reporting projects that advance public understanding and health policy for underserved or vulnerable populations, which could include people living in low-income neighborhoods, rural areas, prisons, foster homes, juvenile detention centers or homeless encampments.

Depending on the scope of the project, competitively selected grantees receive grant funds of $2,000 to $10,000. We also provide six months of mentoring while grantees work on their projects, providing guidance on everything from story development to mapping out how to tackle reporting, to ways to improve storytelling.”

DEADLINE: September 15.

WOMEN PHOTOGRAPHERS (grant, August 29) by Bear Guerra

Via Leica Women Photo Project:

“Leica is looking for three female photographers to kick off its inaugural Leica Women Foto Project, which is aimed at amplifying the voices of female photographers. Selected photographers will be awarded a $10,000 grant to pursue their work and a one year loan of a Leica Q2. Those interested have until August 29 to apply, grant winners will be announced by mid October. It's also free.

Leica says they are looking for stories with viewpoints that are underrepresented in the photo world. The hope is the program will help provide a more dynamic viewpoint of the world around us.

Photographers will need to submit a series of 10 images from a personal or long-term project, and at least four of the images must have been created within the last year. A 500-word proposal describing the work, its relevance in today’s social climate, and a detailed plan of how the grant money would be used is also required. Photographers must be legal U.S. residents in order to qualify.

The entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges that included Karin Kaufmann, Maggie Steber, Elizabeth Avedon, Laura Roumanos, and Deborah Willis.”

DEADLINE: August 29.



Via Connectas:

“¡Periodistas de América Latina: pueden postular a una nueva edición de estas becas de @icfj y @connectaslab. ¡Presenta una propuesta de investigación y gana financiación + asesoramiento!

Postúlate al ICFJ/CONNECTAS Fellowship que otorga un apoyo de hasta $3.000 dólares para investigaciones en América Latina que aporten en la transparencia y en una mejor gestión pública en la región.


Via Filmmakers Without Borders:

“Are you working on a narrative #film, documentary film, or a new media project covering topics of social justice, empowerment, and cultural exchange?

Proposed projects should address one of the following themes:

  • social justice

  • women’s voices

  • youth voices

  • identity

  • cultural exchange

  • climate change”

DEADLINE: August 1.


Via Journalism Grants:

“Apply now for a €15,000 grant to do an in-depth reporting project on #GlobalHealth! Only three weeks left to pitch us your story about international #health, health policy & development for German and French media.

Selection criteria include originality, focus & balance of the chosen topic, audience reach and expected impact on the targeted audiences. Award decisions will be taken by the EJC and editorial independence will be rigorously safeguarded. Applicants will be notified by email on the status of their applications by end of August.”

DEADLINE: 8 August.

ASIAN AMERICAN FILMMAKERS (grants, August 26) by Bear Guerra

Via Center for Asian American Media:

“CAAM is now accepting applications for our Documentary Fund and Documentaries for Social Change Fund.

With support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), CAAM provides production funding to independent producers who make engaging Asian American works for public television through CAAM’s Documentary Fund. Documentaries are eligible for production or post-production funding and must be intended for public television broadcast. Awards typically range between $10,000 and $50,000.

The CAAM Documentaries for Social Change Fund, supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, offers grants for social issue documentary films that highlight Asian American narratives. This Fund will provide much needed resources to projects for research and development and in early production. Awards of up to $15,000 will be available to selected projects.”

DEADLINE: August 26.


STORYTELLING ENTREPRENEURS (grant, July 21) by Bear Guerra

Via Solutions Journalism:

The Solutions Journalism Network is seeking pitches from entrepreneurs interested in (or already) leading a solutions journalism-oriented project in their community.

The LEDE Fellowship is an opportunity for entrepreneurs leading solutions journalism projects to connect and learn from each other, and accelerate the spread of solutions journalism, creating both local impact and seeding national conversations.

The goal is to channel the energy and enthusiasm we’ve seen from members around the world into something with great potential for impact on the local journalism ecosystem and to build cohorts of champions around the world leading SJ projects. Successful projects will:

LEVERAGE the network: Projects should harness the expertise and resources of other journalists, be they from your community or others who are experts in the issue your project will take on.

ENGAGE the community: Fellows should not only connect, support, and/or celebrate journalists doing solutions journalism, but should also engage the community that the journalism informs.

DISSEMINATE the knowledge: Projects must directly produce (or catalyze the production of) more solutions journalism. We also encourage fellows to share learnings and best practices among one another and with the broader SJN network.

ELEVATE what — or who — is missing: Whether it’s amplifying marginalized voices or telling stories that mainstream media otherwise misses, successful projects will help to tell the whole story about what’s working.”

DEADLINE: July 21.


Via Brooklyn Arts Council:

“Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC) is pleased to announce summer Info Sessions for our 2020 Community Arts Grants! Artists, collectives, and nonprofit organizations are invited to apply for up to $5,000 to support artistic or cultural projects taking place across Brooklyn in 2020. Community Arts Grants consist of the Brooklyn Arts Fund, Local Arts Support, and the Charlene Victor & Ella J. Weiss Cultural Entrepreneur Fund.”

DEADLINE: September 19.


Via The Awesome Foundation:

“Launched in April 2017, Awesome Disability is an independent chapter of the Awesome Foundation, a global community that provides micro-grants with no strings attached. The trustees of Awesome Disability are people with disabilities who support ideas and projects in our community. Submissions are accepted between the 1st and the 15th of every month.”


Via PBS Frontline:

“For FRONTLINE, the PBS investigative series, the Local Journalism Project has two goals. The first is to help strengthen local reporting by supporting the kind of deep investigations that have positive impacts on communities. The second is to find new, under-covered stories that FRONTLINE can bring to a national audience on our PBS broadcast and digital platform.

The Local Journalism Project is being funded by a $3 million grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and a $1 million grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. It will be housed at WGBH Boston.

As of June 1, FRONTLINE is accepting project proposals from local news organizations. During each of the next four years, the series will select four or five projects annually on the basis of the strength of the proposed investigation, the geographic diversity of the news organizations and need for outside support to complete reporting and tell the full story.”

DEADLINE: July 15.



Via National Consortium for Creative Placemaking:

“Do you know someone who should go to the 2019 Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit in Los Angeles June 20-22? Encourage them to apply for our rolling, partial scholarship worth $200, which will allow them to attend the entire three-day event. Applications will be awarded based on merrit on a first-come, first-served basis. To apply they will need to send a brief paragraph to Leadership summits help connect artists, arts administrators, planners, architects, designers, community and economic development professionals, and grantmakers. The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking (NCCP) is producing the Summit with ArtPlace America and the Levitt Foundation.”


Via Society of Environmental Journalists:

“The Society of Environmental Journalists is now accepting proposals for story grants on biodiversity. 

Grants up to $5,000 will be awarded in July 2019 to underwrite coverage of biodiversity issues and challenges facing communities around the world. As policymakers prepare for the 2020 Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, the need to increase public understanding of biodiversity, protected areas, community-based conservation, and international policies is pressing.”


NON-FICTION FILMMAKERS (grants) by Bear Guerra

Via Independent Filmmaker Project:

“The IFP/HBO New True Stories Funding Initiative supports multi-format non-fiction storytellers who are in the early stages of development of new work, or who are bringing new work from non-traditional formats – such as print, audio/podcast, and digital – to a visual format. The Initiative supports a wide range of genres from emerging and experienced makers seeking to bring inspired non-fiction work visually to life via short form, feature length and serialized content. Grants will typically range from $10,000 – $30,000, depending on the scale and scope of the project.

Projects on the arts, humanities, contemporary societal and political issues, and personal documentaries with approaches that range from traditional and character-driven narratives or journalistic perspectives to those more adventurous, creatively risky and formally challenging will all be considered. The key element to supported projects will be that they are stories worth telling from compelling, distinctive and fresh points of view.

Initial grants will most often be used for research, treatment and narrative development, securing access, initial shooting and the production of work samples, trailers, etc. A grant from the fund would usually be the “first money in” from an outside source, though in some cases it could be a supplement to another initial small grant. The opportunity will exist for select grantees to receive follow-up grants for additional development. Projects considered for this grant should not have funding in place from any broadcast or digital platforms or any other US distribution entity. Projects receiving grants under this Initiative will be offered to HBO on a “first-look” basis, giving HBO the first opportunity to make an offer to develop them further.”



Via Women Photograph:

“Female, female-identifying and non-binary documentary photographers of any nationality can apply for grants.

Women PhotographGetty Images and Nikon are offering documentary grants to emerging visual journalists.

Grants, which vary from US$5,000 to US$10,000, can support either new or in-progress documentary projects.

Applicants are invited to submit a photo story, rather than singles, as part of the application. Multimedia projects are welcome.”