Ford Foundation Grants for Documentary Projects


 
Beginning in 2011, we are investing $10 million a year over five years in documentary projects that address urgent social issues and help us understand our past, explore our present and build our future. Our goal is to expand the community of emerging and established filmmakers who often lack funding to realize their visions and reach audiences.

What We Fund

JustFilms focuses on film, video and digital works that show courageous people confronting difficult issues and actively pursuing a more just, secure and sustainable world. Initiative funds will be distributed through three distinct paths:

  • Partnerships with major organizations such as theSundance Institute, the Independent Television Service and the Tribeca Film Institute
  • Collaboration with other Ford Foundation grant-making programs where the introduction of documentary film could help draw attention to an issue or advance a movement, and
  • An ongoing open-application process that will help JustFilms stay attuned to fresh ideas and stories wherever they may emerge. (Details to come.)

Approximately one-third of JustFilms support is dedicated to finding projects through our open-application process. If you would like to seek a grant for your documentary project, you may do so through our Grant Inquiry process by following the instructions below.

At the end of the online application process, you are given the option to attach a document to the form. For documentary film and media support we request that a letter be attached that includes a brief description of your project and creative approach, the primary purpose of the film, the current stage of the project and whether any other funds have been raised for the film.

 

For more information about the grant funding, click here. 

For more information about the “Just Films Initiative” of the Ford Foundation, click here.

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