California Documentary Project Grant

PLEASE NOTE: The current CDP grant deadline has now passed.

Wonder Women!

The Untold Story of American Superheroines

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The Waiting Room

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Chicano Rock

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When Medicine Got it Wrong

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Everyday Sunshine:

The Story of Fishbone

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The 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. Projects must use the humanities to provide context, depth, and perspective and be suitable for California and national audiences through broadcast and/or distribution. Since 2003, we have awarded over $3.5 million to projects that document the California experience and explore issues of significance to Californians. CDP grants support projects at the research and development, production, and public engagement stages.

The 2013 CDP guidelines are now available to download at the links below. Join our mailing list (at the bottom of this page) to receive announcements about other upcoming grant deadlines and application guidelines.

For more information, contact Program Officer John Lightfoot.

 


Research and Development Grants

Deadline: TBD, October 2014

CDP Research and Development grants are designed to strengthen the humanities content and approach of documentary media productions in their earliest stages. Projects must actively involve at least three humanities advisors to help frame and contextualize subject matter throughout the research and development phase. Grant awards range up to $10,000.

Production Grants

Deadline: TBD, October 2014

CDP 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 $50,000.

Public Engagement Grants

Next Deadline: TBD

Public Engagement grants extend the reach and impact of Cal Humanities-supported media projects by supporting dissemination and public engagement activities. We seek to deepen understanding and awareness of subjects and issues of relevance to California, and foster critical reflection and thoughtful analysis on the part of audiences. Grant awards range up to $10,000.

 

 

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