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CDP Research & Development Grants
(Deadline November 1, 2016)

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. Eligible applicants may apply for funding up to $10,000.

CDP Production Grants
(Deadline November 1, 2016)

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 to submit, and actively involve at least two humanities advisors to help frame and contextualize subject matter throughout the production process. Eligible applicants may apply for funding up to $50,000.

CDP Public Engagement Grants
(Deadline TBD)

Public Engagement grants extend the reach and impact of California 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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California Documentary Project Grant

The 2016 deadline will be November 1. Grant guidelines will be posted in August.

Real Boy

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Last Day of Freedom

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Romeo is Bleeding

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Ovarian Psycos

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United Skates

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The California Documentary Project (CDP) is a competitive grant program that supports the research and development and production stages of film, audio, and interactive media projects that enhance our understanding of California and its cultures, peoples, and histories. Projects should use the humanities to provide context, depth, and perspective and be suitable for California and national audiences through public and educational screenings and presentations, broadcast, distribution, and/or online. Since 2003, we have awarded over $4.5 million to projects that document the California experience and explore issues of significance to Californians. Supported projects include No Más Bebés?, The Last Day of Freedom, Romeo is Bleeding, The Case Against 8, California Foodways, Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning, We Were Here: The AIDS Years in San Francisco, Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone, Hollywood Chinese, and many more.

For more information, contact Program Officer John Lightfoot


CDP Research & Development Grants
(Deadline November 1, 2016)

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. Eligible applicants may apply for funding up to $10,000.

CDP Production Grants
(Deadline November 1, 2016)

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 to submit, and actively involve at least two humanities advisors to help frame and contextualize subject matter throughout the production process. Eligible applicants may apply for funding up to $50,000.

CDP Public Engagement Grants
(Deadline TBD)

Public Engagement grants extend the reach and impact of California 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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