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California Documentary Project Grants

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California Documentary Project Grants



California Documentary Project Grants
Funding for film, audio, and interactive documentaries
Submission deadline: November 1, 2023

California Humanities invites applications for the 2023 round of California Documentary Project (CDP) grants in support of film, audio, or digital media projects that document California subjects and issues; use the humanities to provide context, depth, and perspective; and have the potential to reach and engage audiences statewide and nationally. Productions of any documentary style and length are eligible—shorts, features, podcasts, web series, VR, (and more).

Funding is available in two categories:

  • Research and Development Grants up to $15,000
  • Production Grants up to $50,000

We welcome proposals for documentary projects that bring new and previously unheard perspectives to light, reflect a broad cross-section of Californians’ stories; and help reveal the breadth and range of California’s cultures, peoples, and histories. Projects should be designed to engage broad audiences through multiple means, including but not limited to broadcasts, streaming, and other online distribution, community screenings and discussions, and in classrooms, libraries, cultural centers, and more. California residency is not required to apply.

Visit the California Documentary Project grants page for guidelines, application instructions, a list of previously awarded projects.

Visit to start an online application

Apply by November 1, 2023.

For more information, please contact John Lightfoot, Director of Media & Journalism Programs,