Funding Opportunity

Proposals now being accepted for $5,000 production grants for the creation of short films in the following content area: Mental Health Experiences Within Indigenous, First Nations, and Native American Communities

Can include (but not limited to): discrimination, methods of healing and recovering, access to appropriate and relevant services, impacts of intergenerational trauma, and residential schools.

Five filmmakers will be selected and awarded $5,000 each to create an original short film (five minutes or less).

CINDY has developed into the premier international audio-visual competition for both linear and interactive media for nearly 60+ years. Each year, CINDY draws thousands of entries from dozens of countries around the globe. A host of media formats are represented in the competition, including online interactive multimedia, video, audio, mobile apps and more.

Black Public Media (BPM) announced a call for applications for the Jacquie Jones Memorial Scholarship Fund (JJMSF). The $300,000 fund honoring award-winning director and film executive will support emerging and diverse content creators.

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The Notah Begay II (NB3) Foundation is accepting applications for a 

The “Made in NY” Women’s Film, TV and Theatre Fund provides grants to encourage and support the creation of film, television, digital, and live theatre content that reflects the voices and perspectives of all who identify as women. NYFA will administer the Fund, which will provide finishing grants of up to $50,000 for film, television, digital projects and theatre productions. To be eligible, projects must be made by, for, or about all who identify as women.

Established in 2017, the Ucross Fellowship for Native American Visual Artists is now open to applications for the Spring 2019 Fellowship (March to early June). Artists from all disciplines are invited to apply, including, but not limited to, painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, video, performance art, installation, and ceramics. The Fellowship will provide up to a one-month residency (including work space, lodging, and meals) at Ucross and a stipend of $2,000.

The Common Counsel Foundation and Native Americans in Philanthropy are pleased to announce that the 2018 Native Voices Rising (NVR) grant pool is now open for both donors and potential grantees. NVR is now accepting grant applications. We encourage all Native-led groups that have a membership base in the community, work to to develop leadership, and take collective action to win progressive social change to apply.

Learn More and Apply Here!

American Documentary (AmDoc), the parent nonprofit of POV and AMERICA REFRAMED, launched the Artist Emergency (AE) Fund, aimed at providing emergency financial assistance to filmmakers facing unexpected and substantial personal, health or property needs or losses including those caused by accidents or natural disasters. This is the first fund of its kind dedicated to supporting nonfiction filmmakers, and a first step towards greater sustainability in the industry.

The Sundance Documentary Film Program supports non-fiction filmmakers worldwide in the production of cinematic documentaries on contemporary themes. Established in 2002 with founding support from Open Society Foundations, the Program is a vibrant global resource for independent non-fiction storytelling.

The Rogovy Foundation’s new Focus Grant provides $15,000 in development funding for curated documentary film topics. The Foundation’s goal is to encourage awareness, debate and solutions on issues identified as ripe for discussion. Currently, nine topics are listed on the website, soliciting Requests for Proposals. Some of the topic working titles are: The Empathy Gene; Cannabis vs. Opioids; The Ark of Taste; Missing Public Heroes.

Vision Maker Media (VMM) can offer reimbursement of up to $500 towards film festival entry fees (as VMM’s budget allows) for your VMM funded film. Upon request, VMM can send you a list of suggested film festivals, including Native American specific festivals, for your consideration.

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