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FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: California Documentary Project

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: California Documentary Project


California Documentary Project Application Open—Deadline November 1

California Humanities October 1, 2019

California is a state of almost 40 million people and just as many stories. California Humanities invites proposals for the 2019 California Documentary Project (CDP) grant program that tell these stories from every corner of the state and that explore California in all its complexity. We seek original and compelling film, audio, and digital media projects that that bring new and previously unheard perspectives to light and help reveal the breadth and range of California’s cultures, peoples, and histories.

Funding is available in two categories for the November 1 deadline:

  • CDP Research and Development Grants up to $10,000
  • CDP Production Grants up to $50,000

All projects should document and interpret California subjects and issues; use the humanities to provide context, depth and perspective; and aim to reach and engage broad audiences both statewide and nationally through multiple means, including but not limited to radio and television broadcasts, podcasts, online distribution and interactive media, community screenings and discussions, in classrooms and libraries, at cultural centers, film festivals, and beyond.

There is no restriction on subject matter and productions of any documentary style and length are eligible to apply—shorts, features, podcasts, web series, (and more)—we like them all!

Since 2003, California Humanities has awarded over $5.5 million through the CDP grant program to nonfiction film, audio, and interactive media projects. Each CDP project that uncovers, interprets and shares the experiences and stories of California and Californians adds a new layer to a complex and growing portrait of this state, and together, help us better understand who we are and where we live.

For complete guidelines, application instructions, and a list of previously awarded funded projects please visit the California Documentary Project grants page.

To start an online application, please visit