Organization Fund Description
Black Public MediaNBPC360NBPC 360 is a funding initiative of the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC) devised to help launch non-fiction and fiction serial projects, as well as interactive or "trans-media" projects, about the black experience.
Cal HumanitiesCalifornia Documentary Project GrantThe California Documentary Project (CDP) is a competitive grants program that supports documentary film, radio, and new media productions that enhance our understanding of California and its cultures, peoples, and histories. Production grants are designed to strengthen the humanities content and approach of documentary media productions and help propel projects toward completion. Projects must be in the production stage, have a work-in-progress, and actively involve at least two humanities advisors in the production process. Grant awards range up to $20,000 for new media projects.
Creative CapitalGrantsCreative Capital provides each funded project with up to $50,000 in direct funding and career development services valued at $40,000, for a total commitment of up to $90,000 per project.
EyebeamCreative ResidenciesEyebeam Residencies support the creative research, production and presentation of initiatives querying art, technology and culture. The 5 month residency is a period of concentration and immersion in artistic investigation, daring research or production of visionary, experimental applications and projects.
Independent Filmmaker Project MNNew Media Project GrantsThe New Media Project Grant provides funding for one innovative cross-platform or interactive media arts project. Successful applicants will demonstrate excellence in storytelling, innovation, and artistry in the media arts. The grant recipient will receive $50,000 to create his/her proposed project. The grant is for Minnesota residents only.
ITVSLINCSLINCS (Linking Independents and Co-producing Stations) provides matching funds to producer-station partnerships. LINCS accepts demonstration projects that include both broadcast and transmedia components.
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur FoundationDocumentary Film GrantThe MacArthur Foundation funds the production of documentary films and participatory web-based documentaries that combine exceptional storytelling with in-depth journalism. We look for projects that challenge preconceptions and examine underreported social issues. These documentaries are intended to reach a large U.S. broadcast audience and, often, a targeted audience of educators, community leaders, advocates, and policymakers. We look for projects that have the potential to spark dialogue, create understanding, and contribute to social and policy change.
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)Funding Opportunities in Media ArtsThe National Endowment for the Arts provides several funding opportunities for organizations working in media arts.
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)Media Projects: Development Grants programAmerica's Media Makers (AMM) grants support the following formats: interactive digital media, film and television projects, and radio projects. Development grants enable media producers to collaborate with scholars to develop humanities content and to prepare programs for production. Grants should result in a script or a design document and should also yield a detailed plan for outreach and public engagement in collaboration with a partner organization or organizations.
New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA)Electronic Media + Film Presentation FundsPresentations Funds grants support New York State non-profit organizations for in-person presentations by independent media artists.
New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA)Electronic Media + Film Finishing FundsFinishing Funds grants support artists in the completion/post production of film, video, sound, new media, and Web-based work.
POVPOV Digital LabPOV Digital Lab is a weekend media incubator with a track record of launching funded, highly viewed, and Webby- and Emmy-award nominated media.
POVPOV's Call for Nonfiction Digital ProjectsPOV is seeking digital documentaries from independent media creators and technologists that push the boundaries of nonfiction media for co-production. Co-productions will be funded in the range of $15,000-$50,000 and producers do not necessarily need to be based on the United States. Funded projects are more likely to be focused on mobile and emerging technologies. POV is also seeking to license short web-native documentaries or chapters of web-native documentaries. These productions must be based in the United States, and will be funded in the range of $2,500 to $10,000.
The Fledgling FundFilm & Creative Media GrantsMost of these grants support outreach and audience engagement for social issue documentaries and range from smaller planning grants to implementation grants for projects that have a clear plan ready to launch. A small number of these grants support post-production for timely projects that have strong social change potential. They typically range from $5K to $30K and are considered in our Spring and Fall funding cycles.
The Fledgling FundField Building GrantsThese grants focus on building the capacity of our grantees and the social issue documentary field. They range from programs, institutes and residencies that strengthen outreach and audience engagement skills to film festivals and other events that showcase social issue documentaries as a tool for change. The are usually between $5K and $25K and are considered in the Spring and Fall funding cycles.
The Fledgling FundImpact GrantsThe Fledgling Fund awards two types of impact grants. Documenting Impact grants provide support for short videos or other media that captures, explains and communicates impact (up to $10K). Evaluating Impact grants are reserved for the design or implementation of a structured evaluation effort (up to $20K).
The Jerome Foundation General Program GrantThe Jerome Foundation, offers grants to not-for-profit arts organizations and to fiscal sponsors applying on behalf of artists for the creation, development, and production of new works by emerging artists in New York City and Minnesota.
Tribeca Film InstituteTFI New Media FundFunding and support to non-fiction, social issue media projects which go beyond traditional screens--integrating film with content across media platforms, from video games and mobile apps to social networks and interactive websites. Project Status: For non-fiction projects, based anywhere, in advanced development or beyond. Grants range from $50,000 to $100,000.
Tribeca Film InstituteTribeca All Access Interactive Prototype FundTribeca All Access® is our premiere narrative, documentary and interactive filmmaker program. TAA specializes in providing a full-service range of programming for storytellers who are best described by one word: Fearless.
Vision Maker MediaPublic Media FundVision Maker Media sets aside a portion of their Public Media Fund to go to New Media projects for productions.

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Last Updated: 5/23/2016