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DC Documentary (DC DOCS) Short Partnership Grant

Grants to Washington, DC Nonprofits to Create Short
Documentaries about Local Neighborhoods and Communities

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HumanitiesDC (HDC)

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05/29/19 Receipt


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Grants of up to $30,000 and in-kind technical support to Washington, DC nonprofit organizations for short humanities-related documentary film projects that tell a unique story about a DC community or neighborhood. Projects must be led by an established or mid-career filmmaker and be informed by a humanities scholar.

DC DOCS provides financial and capacity building resources to established filmmakers interested in telling a humanities story about Washington, DC through a documentary short film. Potential projects must incorporate relevant humanities scholarship into the stories that they tell. Selected partners will have the opportunity to work with the HDC grants team who will provide capacity-building and subject-matter support throughout the life of the project.

Washington, DC, as we know it today, has a treasured cultural legacy that spans generations. HumanitiesDC (HDC) is committed to supporting projects that breathe life into the unique stories of DC's rich communities. HDC is seeking qualified partners for its DC DOCS program to help with this mission.

Applications must identify a scholar, and how that person will guide the project through the grant cycle. Applicants must demonstrate the scholar has the appropriate expertise to serve in that role on the project and that the identified scholar has committed to working on the project throughout the grant cycle. Each funded project will result in a lasting digital final product that will be added to HumanitiesDC Digital Museum.

The DC DOCS program accepts applications for funding to produce a documentary short film. Prospective projects should be:

- Led by mid-career or established filmmakers who can provide evidence of their past successes,
- Informed by humanities scholars knowledgeable about the field or subject-matter the documentary short will cover,
- Innovative, unique, and of strong educational interest to a wide public audience,
- Focused on one or more central humanities disciplines

For definitions of the Humanities, Documentary Short, and Scholar, see the Guidelines:

100% of awarded grant funds must be applied to direct program costs. This may include salary, consulting fees, and/or honoraria for individuals working on the project

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185743

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may request up to $30,000 depending on the scope of their projects.

Term of Contract:

This opportunity is for documentary short film projects conducted between July 15, 2019-July 15, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The applicant must be a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization or use a fiscal sponsor.

Program costs cannot include indirect costs, overhead, rent, utilities, or administrative fees.

Pre-Application Information:

All proposals must be received by May 29, 2019. Proposals will be reviewed in June and selected projects will be announced in early July.

Projects working on each awarded partnership grant will be required to attend an initial kickoff awards ceremony on July 15, 2019.

DC Docs grants require a 1:1 match in any combination of cash or in-kind contributions.

The grants staff will schedule several required technical assistance sessions with project directors over the course of the project period. This may include 3-4 meetings with the entire grantee cohort for this program and cycle.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Louis Hicks
Director of Grants and Special Projects

1140 3rd Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Washington, DC