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Multi-Year Film and Video Projects Grant

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Grants of up to $10,000 to Montana nonprofit and faith-based organizations, government agencies, business groups, IHEs, schools, libraries, museums, historic societies, tribes, and groups for media projects. Applicants must contact the funding source prior to submitting a full proposal. Funding is intended to support major humanities projects in film and video. Major projects are those requiring multiple stages of research and development, production, and post-production and which generally require a script, and a year or more to complete.

The Film + Video Grant has funds available for projects in three different stages:

  • Stage One: Research and script development. Expected outcome: shooting script or equivalent (required to progress to Stage Two funding). Applicants must submit an example of previous work.
  • Stage Two: Production, including principal photography, source material acquisition, rights clearance.  Expected outcome: rough cut of film /video or equivalent (required to progress to Stage Three funding). Applicant must submit completed script or detailed narrative treatment.
  • Stage Three: Completion of product, including post-production.  Applicant must submit a rough cut of the project.

Humanities content is the most important criterion by which applications will be judged. The humanities address fundamental questions of human experience: language, reason, creativity, human values and aspirations, and the historical and cultural contexts that inform and critique these phenomena. Applicants must explain how their project engages critical reflection, provides historicizing context, or encourages serious, deep engagement with humanities content. The humanities include, but are not limited to, the following disciplines: history, philosophy, linguistics, literature, archaeology, jurisprudence, art history/theory/criticism, ethics, comparative religions, ethnic, cultural, and gender studies, those aspects of the social sciences that prominently feature critical reflection or contextualization, and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 181325

Estimated Size of Grant:

Film + Video grants award $8,000 -$10,000.
- Stage One: up to $8,000
- Stage Two: up to $10,000
- Stage Three: up to $10,000

No one project can receive more than $28,000 in total Film + Video Grants. Humanities Montana will fund up to $32,000 in any calendar year.

Term of Contract:

Film + Video Grants are intended to provide multi-year support, or one-time only funding for major projects in film and video. The grant period begins the date funds are awarded and normally ends 30 days after the funded program or activity ends.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Humanities Montana only awards film + video grants to organizations, not individuals.

Eligible grantees
- Nonprofits
- K-12 schools, Colleges, Universities
- Museums
- Libraries
- Historic preservation societies
- State or local government agencies
- Unions
- Business and professional groups
- Social service organizations
- Community, religious, or tribal groups
- Noncommercial media firms
- Ad hoc groups

Humanities Montana cannot fund:
- Projects that focus on personal instead of public concerns
- Non-public meetings of organizations (although Humanities Montana will consider funding programs open to the public but held in conjunction with a group's meeting)
- Construction, restoration, or operating expenses of existing organizations
- Equipment, property, or other capital purchases
- Museum or library acquisitions, except in unusual circumstances
- Lobbying or direct social action, or planning for direct action, or projects which advocate a particular course of action
- Projects that present a one-sided, uncritical treatment of an issue
- Projects that would raise funds for profit-making groups or for commercial purposes
- Meals or refreshments for an audience
- Alcoholic beverages or entertainment costs
- Candidates running for political office

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is August 20 each year.

All Humanities Montana board members review all applications. Decisions are made at the next board meeting following the application deadline

All film and video grant applicants must call Humanities Montana staff before applying for any grant.

All Humanities Montana projects must have a 1:1 cost-share of in-kind or other funds.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

You may address questions to Humanities Montana staff at any time, at 406-243-6022 or via email to

You can upload, link to, or send work samples to:
Kim Anderson, Director of Programs and Grants
Humanities Montana
311 Brantly, Missoula, MT 59812

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