The weather’s warm, and there’s tons of natural light to take advantage of. Spring and Summer are the perfect time to get your projects going–luckily for you (and your wallet), we’ve compiled this giant list grants and scholarships with an upcoming or rolling deadline!
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These grants, labs and opportunities are ordered by category: documentary; narrative; screenwriting; virtual reality & interactive; and women & underrepresented filmmakers. Within category, they are organized by deadline (with rolling deadlines first).

Documentary Grants

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Fund

Deadline: Rolling
“Over the coming 10 years, production grants will be distributed to Canadian documentary filmmakers. Up to $35,000 will be granted to three or four projects each year.”

Sundance Documentary Fund

Deadline: Rolling
“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 Fledgling Fund

Deadline: Rolling
“We support audience engagement planning and implementation. Support for planning is for building the strategy for outreach and engagement and can be used before a project is complete to prepare for its launch. Grants are NOT available to support production or post-production.”

The Scottish Documentary Institute Consultancies

Deadline: Rolling
“Scottish Documentary Institute is offering year-round submissions of Scottish documentary projects in development (shorts and features) to our Docscene project pool. The projects will then be steered towards forthcoming training programmes or other funding opportunities, depending on theme and scope: Seed Funding, Interdoc, the Edinburgh Pitch and prepared for other submissions to funders, meet markets or pitching forums. The aim is to improve quality of project development and increase the talent pool.”

Bertha BritDoc Journalism Fund

Deadline: Rolling
“The Bertha BRITDOC Journalism Fund is an international film fund dedicated to supporting long form feature documentaries of a journalistic nature.”

Catapult Film Fund

Deadline: Rolling
“Catapult Film Fund provides development funding to documentary filmmakers who have a compelling story to tell, have secured access to their story and are ready to shoot and edit a piece for production fundraising purposes. Our mission is to enable filmmakers to develop their film projects to the next level at a moment where funding is hard to find. We support powerful stories, and moving storytelling, across a broad spectrum of issues and perspectives.”

IFP Fiscal Sponsorship

Deadline: Rolling
“IFP Fiscal Sponsorship is exclusively for creative, artistic and/or educational film, video and transmedia projects, giving filmmakers the benefit of our focused experience and reputation in the field. Granting organizations carefully examine institutional factors before awarding grants including whether your project has community support.”

CrossCurrents Doc Fund — Theatrical Stream

Deadline: Applications open July 2017
“The Theatrical Stream of the CrossCurrents Doc Fund provides grants of up to $30,000 CAD to one or more projects in production each year. This grant will support a new range of filmmakers with auteur driven stories from underrepresented and marginalized communities from around the world.”

Filmmaker Fund

Deadline: Rolling
“In the spirit of fostering great work, the Filmmaker Fund is committed to both proven and emerging filmmakers with assistance at every stage of production and post-production. Primarily, our role is to remove the obstacles that lie in the way of great work. From early stage funding, through production to the last edit, it is our aim to alleviate artistic encumbrances. To be selected as a project of the Filmmaker Fund is to have a partner in the entirety of the journey. That includes grants of up to $75K as well as an invitation to our annual retreat, festival navigation and distribution strategy.”

IFP Project Forum: Spotlight on Documentaries

Deadline: May 23, 2017
“IF/Then is a new filmmaking initiative that awards monetary grants and provides year-round distribution mentorship to filmmakers creating short documentaries.”

Pacific Pioneer Fund

Deadline: June 1, 2017
To support emerging documentary filmmakers. The term “emerging” is intended to denote a person committed to the craft of making documentaries, who has demonstrated that commitment by several years — but no more than ten — of practical film or video experience.”

LEF Moving Image Fund: Pre-Production Proposal

Deadline: June 7, 2017
“LEF invests in documentary film and video projects that demonstrate excellence in technique, originality of vision and voice, and creativity in form. The strongest proposals will be those that clearly articulate the ways in which the proposed project aligns with the program’s funding criteria.”

Derek Freese Documentary Fund

Deadline: June 12, 2017
“Derek Freese Documentary Fund (DFDF) provides production support for feature-length documentary films that have both a strong narrative and compelling story, across a broad spectrum of subject matters. This award is given biennially (every other year) to an independent filmmaker and provides up to $35,000 in finishing funds.”

MountainFilm Commitment Grant

Deadline: July 12, 2017
“Mountainfilm is committed to help creative individuals tell stories that support our mission. Each year, we award a total of $25,000 in grants to filmmakers, photographers, artists and adventurers whose projects are intended to inspire audiences to create a better world. “

The Alter-Ciné Foundation

Deadline: August 15, 2017
“The Alter-Ciné Foundation offers $10,000 to filmmakers born and living in Africa, Asia or Latin America with a documentary project in your native language that fits in with the aims of the Foundation.”

Panavision’s New Filmmaker Program

Deadline: Rolling
“The New Filmmaker Program loans film or digital camera packages (based on availability) to filmmakers for student thesis films, “low-budget” independent features, showcase reels, Public Service Announcements, or any other type of short not-for-profit project.”

World Cinema Fund: Distribution

Deadline: Rolling, Production funding: July 17, 2017
“The World Cinema Fund supports films in distribution, that could not be made without additional funding: films that stand out with an unconventional aesthetic approach, that tell powerful stories and transmit an authentic image of their cultural roots.”

The Jerome Foundation’s Film and Video Grant Program

Deadline: Rolling
“The Jerome Foundation’s Film and Video Grant Program is a production grant program for individual film and video artists who work in the genres of experimental, narrative, animation, and documentary production. Applicants must reside in one of the five boroughs and must be emerging artists whose work shows promise of excellence.”

Film Independent Sloan Distribution Grant

Deadline: Rolling
“The Sloan Distribution Grant is a $50,000 grant awarded by Film Independent to a film that is entering its distribution phase in 2016. Eligible films must depict themes, stories and characters grounded in real science, technology or economics.”

Film Independent AbelCine Camera Grant

Deadline: Rolling
“Film Independent will select a qualified filmmaker who will be loaned a digital camera package (based on availability) to use for his or her feature film production or web series.”

Film Independent Episodic Lab 2017

Deadline: May 30, 2017
Designed to support writers with original long-form episodic projects, Film Independent’s inaugural Episodic Lab will take place in Los Angeles in September and October of 2017. The lab, which will meet several nights a week, will accept a diverse group of 6–8 writers or writing teams and provide them with critical support and mentorship.“

2017 Adobe Design Achievement Awards

Deadline: June 12, 2017
“The ADAA is a global digital media competition for student creators. Connected to industry professionals, academic leaders, and top brands, the ADAA aims to launch the next generation of student careers.”

Davey Foundation Short Film Grant

Deadline: June 23, 2017
“The Davey Foundation was created to honor the life of David Ross Fetzer and his commitment to the film and theatre arts. The Foundation is excited to make available grants to filmmakers and playwrights 35 and younger for the development of innovative film and theatre projects, and to provide the mentoring framework that will allow young artists to flourish.”

Liberty Lab for Film

Deadline: May 31, 2017
“The Liberty Lab for Film (or LLF) is an advanced program for those who have filmmaking, screenwriting, producing experience and want an opportunity to work alongside like-minded creatives with the guidance of seasoned professionals.”

ScreenCraft Spring 2017 Short Film Production Fund

Deadline: June 19, 2017
“Accepting web series and non-traditional series pilots as well. 3 winners will receive cash awards, introductions to industry professionals, and VIP invitations to ITVFest in October!”

Roy W. Dean Film Grants

Deadline: June 30, 2017
“The Roy W. Dean Film Grants funds independent feature films, documentaries, web series, and short films that are unique and make a contribution to society that, without its help, might otherwise never get made.”

NBPC 360 Incubator & Fund

Deadline: TBD
“NBPC’s 360 Incubator and Fund was established in 2015 to help launch non-fiction multi-part (two- to three-part) projects for broadcast, as well as webisodic stories and interactive/transmedia projects that reflect the rich diversity of stories about the Black experience.”

POV Digital Lab

Deadline: TBD
“POV Digital Lab is a weekend media incubator with a track record of launching funded, highly viewed, and Webby- and Emmy-award nominated media. How will you re-invent the future of storytelling?”

Ford Foundation — JustFilms

Deadline: Rolling
“We support independent, documentary film, video, and emerging media projects that explore timely social justice issues, with a focus on reducing inequality. We also fund organizations, individuals, and networks that raise the quality and extend the impact of these projects.”

Art Works

Deadline: Rolling
“The National Endowment for the Arts is committed to support activities that reflect the dynamic, diverse, and evolving nature of the media arts field. Applicants may apply in this Art Works category for media arts projects that support creation, exhibition, education, and distribution of historic and contemporary artworks in all genres and forms that use electronic media, film and technology (analog & digital; old and new) as an artistic medium or a medium to broaden arts appreciation and awareness (of any discipline). All genres are welcome to apply; all phases of project support are eligible.”

NEH Media Projects: Production Grants

Deadline: August 9, 2017
“The Media Projects program supports film, television, and radio projects that engage general audiences with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways. All projects must be grounded in humanities scholarship in disciplines such as history, art history, film studies, literature, drama, religious studies, philosophy, or anthropology.”

NBC’s Writers on the Verge

Deadline: May 31, 2017
“Writers on the Verge is a 12-week program focused on polishing writers and readying them for a staff writer position on a television series. We are looking for writers who are “almost there” but need that final bit of preparation with their writing and personal presentation skills. We particularly encourage writers of diverse backgrounds to apply.”

Warner Bros. Television Writers’ Workshop

Deadline: May 31, 2017
“Every year, the Workshop selects up to 10 participants out of almost 2,000 submissions and exposes them to Warner Bros. Television’s top writers and executives, all with the ultimate goal of earning them a staff position on a Warner Bros. produced television show.”

BlueCat Screenplay Competition

Deadline: June 26, 2017
“Founded by a writer, the BlueCat Screenplay Competition’s passionate commitment to develop and discover the unknown screenwriter continues to define our work today.”

Slamdance Writing Competition

Deadline: July 24, 2017
“The Slamdance Screenplay Competition is dedicated to discovering and supporting emerging writing talent. We welcome screenplays in every genre, on any topic, from anywhere in the world.”

American Zoetrope Screenwriting Contest

Deadline: August 2, 2017
“The contest’s aim is to seek out and encourage compelling film narratives, and to introduce the next generation of great screenwriters to today’s leading production companies and agencies.

Digital Bolex Grant for Women Cinematographers

Deadline: Rolling
“The Digital Bolex Grant for Women Cinematographers offers approximately $10,000 worth of gear and accessories loaned on a rolling basis to any narrative short, music video, or feature film project to be shot by a female cinematographer. Recipients of the grant receive a loaned camera package for up to 21 production days.”

Big Vision Empty Wallet Kickstart Diversity Program

Deadline: Rolling
“Each project will receive creative guidance, mentorship, and a business plan from the Big Vision team, focusing on marketability, audience, and distribution. Extensive Discounts from vendors nationwide (see our PARTNERS here). We’ll use our personal relationships and company partnerships to push each film through to major festivals and programs like Sundance, the Tribeca Film Institute, and Vimeo’s Share the Screen Program. Projects will be granted access to an exclusive Distribution Lab & Marketplace in NYC, focusing on audience building and distribution strategies. Past participating companies include The Weinstein Company, IFC, The Discovery Channel, Vimeo, FilmRise, Zeitgeist Films, Magnolia Pictures, and more.”

WIFV Seed Fund

Deadline: May 19, 2017
“The WIFV Board of Directors is pleased to offer a Seed Fund for Documentary Filmmakers to support the work of its members. WIFV believes this initiative to be a tremendous member benefit and that this program furthers our mission to provide resources for women in the film, television and media industry. Grants may be used in the research and development phase of any documentary project and must be spent within 12 months of notice of the award.”

Women In Film Finishing Fund

Deadline: June 30, 2017
“The Women In Film Finishing Fund gives grants to filmmakers working in both short and long formats, in all genres — narrative, documentary, animated and experimental.”

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