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Grants to USA Nonprofits and Individuals to Restore and Preserve American Films in Which Women Held Creative Roles

Women's Film Preservation Fund (WFPF) Grant Program


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Women's Film Preservation Fund (WFPF)
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Important Dates
Deadline: 06/15/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $10,000 to USA nonprofit organizations and individuals to preserve and/or restore American films in which women had held significant creative roles. Films can date from any period of time, and the women's roles can include performer, producer, editor, director, and writer.

The Fund gives grants for film-to-film preservations which result in film-based archival elements, including a film negative and a print. Please note that the film’s original format must have been film.  Also note that this is a preservation grant for an existing film, not a production grant for a film in progress.

Criteria for grant selection include:

  • Artistic, historic, cultural, and/or educational importance of the film, especially its relation to the role of women in film history
  • Significance of the key creative women in the production
  • Evidence of the artistic and technical expertise of those planning and executing the project
  • Urgency of the need to preserve the film
  • Appropriateness of the budget for the proposed work
  • Realistic plan for making the film available to professionals, scholars, and interested audiences

More information about film requirements and criteria:


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Applicant Eligibility & Requirements:
- Individuals and not-for-profit organizations may apply.

- Grant funds can not be used for salaries or general administrative costs.

Preservations that WFPF does not support
- Born digital or born analog video preservation
- In-progress films in search of production funding. This is a preservation grant only.
- Film projects without a designated archive

Pre-Application Information
- Call for submissions opened March 6th, 2023. The deadline for applications for this grant round is June 15th, 2023. Applicants are encouraged to apply early so that the Fund can check to make sure the application is complete before the deadline.

- All applicants are notified as soon as award decisions have been made. Grantees receive an email notice, followed by a Grantee Agreement to sign and return to WFPF at the NYWIFT office. Please note that it is not unusual for grant decisions to take up to 6 months for award notification.
- Grant money is dispersed directly to an approved lab and vendor conducting the preservation work as it is needed, not to the applicant.
- Separate Applications with separate budgets must be submitted for each individual Film.

Estimated Size of Grant
Grants of up to $10,000 are awarded.

Contact Information

For all questions, please contact with the subject line: "WFPF Application Question."

New York Women in Film & Television
PO Box 55
Kings Park, NY 11754
Phone: 212-679-0870

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