Find Nonprofit and Small Business Grants

Advance Search

Only Available for Paid Subscribers
Clear Filters
Search Filters


Opportunity for USA, Canada, and International Students
to Participate in a Student Documentary Competition

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

Add to My Calendar 


Deadline Date:

01/20/21 Midnight PST


Request a Grant Writer

Opportunity for USA, Canada, and International students in grades six through twelve to participate in a documentary competition. Students create a documentary video, five to six minutes in length, about significant issues that they would like presidential candidates to address in their campaign. Students may enter the competition individually, or work in teams of either two or three members. Winners receive cash prizes ranging between $250 and $5,000.

StudentCam Theme - "Explore the issue you most want the president and new Congress to address in 2021."

Grades 6-8 compete in the Middle School category, and grades 9-12 compete in the High School category. 

The documentary must include the following five elements:

  • A complete exploration of the chosen topic
  • Inclusion of C-SPAN programming relating to the documentary's topic (using several short clips is recommended)
  • A balanced presentation of varying viewpoints (interviewing experts and elected officials about the chosen topic is recommended)
  • Adherence to the time limit of 5 to 6 minutes. (End credits, if applicable, must begin after the 5-minute mark but are permitted to run longer than the allotted 6-minute time frame)
  • Credits at the end of the documentary or a works cited list

The documentary may include, but is not required to include:

  • Additional video pertaining to your topic (B-roll footage)
  • Music (preferably copyright free music)
  • Graphics
  • Diagrams
  • Still images
  • Narration (Note: If narrating the documentary, students must write their own script to avoid plagiarism. Online or print sources can be used, but students have to put any information they use in their own words.)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 149468

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

C-SPAN awards prizes to 150 student documentaries, and over 50 teacher advisors.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grand Prize: 1 award - the best overall entry in either the High School or Middle School category
Student(s): $5,000 cash prize award
Teacher/School: $750 cash prize award

1st Prize: 4 awards total - 3 in the High School category (1 x HS West Region, 1 x HS Central Region, 1 x HS East Region), and 1 in the Middle School category.
Student(s): $3,000 cash prize award per entry
Teachers/Schools: $500 cash prize award

2nd Prize: 16 awards total - 12 in the High School category (4 x HS West Region, 4 x HS Central Region, 4 x HS East Region), and 4 in the Middle School category.
Student(s): $1,500 cash prize award per entry
Teachers/Schools: $250 cash prize award

3rd Prize: 32 awards total - 24 in the High School category (8 x HS West Region, 8 x HS Central Region, 8 x HS East Region), and 8 in the Middle School category.
Student(s): $750 cash prize award per entry
Teachers/Schools: $125 cash prize award

Honorable Mention: 97 awards total - awarded to entries from either the High School or Middle School category.

Student(s):$250 cash prize award per entry

* Grand, 1st, and 2nd Prize videos may be aired on the C-SPAN Networks.

* All students with winning videos will receive a certificate of recognition and may be placed on C-SPAN's StudentCam Winners page.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Prizes are awarded in two separate categories: Middle School & High School. Entries are welcome from students in the U.S. territories. Entries from international students who are in the equivalent of U.S. grades 6-12 are also accepted.

High School entries are judged regionally in one of 3 Regions (West/Central/East), based on their school's state. Students from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands will be judged as part of the East division, and students from American Samoa and Guam will be judged as part of the West division. C-SPAN also reserves the right to award international entries at our discretion. Entries from high school students in Asia-Pacific regions will be judged against the High School-West division entries, high school students in European and African countries will be judged against High School-East division entries, and high school students in South and Central America will be judged against High School-Central division entries.

Middle School entries are judged nationally against their peers. Any international entries from middle school students will be judged against all middle school entries received in the competition.

Pre-Application Information:

Once you have completed your video, you must first upload it to either YouTube, Google Drive, DropBox or WeVideo. You then copy and paste the link to view your video when you submit the Entry Form found on the StudentCam homepage. The form is available from November 1, 2020 through the deadline on January 20, 2021.

Prize recipients will be announced on C-SPAN and on on Wednesday, March 10, 2021.

Competition Rules:
C-SPAN video:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Phone: 202-626-4858

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.

Suggested Grants:

Grants to USA State Agencies to Develop Volunteer Programs in Local Communities

Deadline 06/23/21

Grants to USA state agencies to develop and support volunteer programs in local communities. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to several weeks to complete. Funding is intended for programs that support, manage, and engage volunteers. Priori

GrantWatch ID#: 123648

Grants to USA Agencies, Nonprofits, Educational Institutions, and Tribes to Reduce Violent C...

Deadline 06/22/21

Grants to USA government agencies, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, faith-based and community organizations, and tribal governments for activities to reduce violent crime in local neighborhoods. Interested applicants are advised that required registra

GrantWatch ID#: 123715

Grants to USA Nonprofits to Address the Climate Crisis and Reduce Inequality

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to USA nonprofit organizations to reduce social inequality and promote solutions to the climate crisis. Eligible programs will address the areas of racial and economic justice, corporate and political accountability; voice, creativity, and culture; and an inclusi

GrantWatch ID#: 123756

Grants to Maryland Nonprofits and Agencies for Historic and Cultural Preservation Projects

Deadline 07/30/21 LOI Date: 06/22/21

Grants to Maryland nonprofit organizations and government agencies for historic preservation projects. Applicants must submit a preliminary application prior to submitting a full proposal. Funding is intended to support a wide range of planning, survey, research, and ed

GrantWatch ID#: 124187

Awards and In-Kind Benefits to Ohio and Michigan Nonprofits in Eligible Locations to Recogni...

Deadline 07/09/21

Awards of $6,000 and in-kind benefits to Ohio and Michigan nonprofit organizations in eligible locations to recognize excellence. Awards are available to recognize both overall organizational excellence and project, program, or initiative excellence. In addition to the

GrantWatch ID#: 124952

Grants to Virginia Nonprofits for Public Programs that Promote the Humanities in Local Commu...

Deadline 01/15/22 LOI Date: 11/15/21

Grants of up to $5,000 and grants of up to $20,000 to Virginia nonprofit organizations for programs that promote the humanities in local communities. Certain applicants are required to submit an LOI prior to a full grant application. All applicants are advised to contac

GrantWatch ID#: 125447

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Agencies to Increase Organizational Capacity to Improve Housing...

Deadline 06/14/21

Grants to USA nonprofit organizations and eligible agencies to increase organizational capacity to improve housing practices. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to strengthen organizational capacity

GrantWatch ID#: 125731

Grants to Massachusetts Nonprofits for Community Benefit Programs Primarily to Support Youth

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to Massachusetts nonprofit organizations for community benefit initiatives. A letter of intent must be submitted prior to submitting a full proposal. Priority is given to addressing the needs of low-income youth, children, and their families. The funding source s

GrantWatch ID#: 125830

Grants to Researchers Affiliated with USA Qualified Institutions to Improve Clinical Researc...

Deadline 08/27/21 LOI Date: 07/09/21

Grants of up to $50,000 to researchers affiliated with USA qualified institutions to advance research in the field of pediatric oncology. Applicants must submit a letter of intent prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended to increase the institution's

GrantWatch ID#: 125838

Grants to USA and Canada Nonprofit Charitable Organizations to Impact Public Policy in a Var...

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to USA and Canada nonprofit charitable organizations to impact public policy in a variety of national and international issues. In previous years, grants have been awarded for general operations and project support to think tanks, national councils, judicial orga

GrantWatch ID#: 125864