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Call for Projects Addressing the Human Impact of Climate Change

Grants to USA Filmmakers to Support Documentary
Films Related to Climate Change

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Fledgling Fund - Outreach and Engagement Fund

Deadline Date:

10/01/19 5:00 PM EST


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Grants ranging from $15,000 to $25,000 to USA media makers and filmmakers for documentary films that highlight the health and economic impacts of climate change on vulnerable populations. Priority is given to projects that have not yet received funding from the Funding Source, and that can make an impact quickly.

Funding Considerations:

The Story: Fledgling sees storytelling as a lever to improve the lives of the most vulnerable. Fledgling knows that a strong filmmaking vision and a beautifully crafted story are essential. Fledgling is looking for non-fiction, compelling, and timely stories that illustrate the urgency and impact of climate change. Projects should have unique power to inspire, educate and mobilize diverse and sometimes overlooked audiences. Fledgling will give priority to those projects that seek to reach a U.S. audience and focus on American communities. 

Stage of Project: Fledgling understands that audience engagement planning and implementation can happen at any point in the life of a project. However, before committing funds, Fledgling needs to understand how the story develops and whether it can carry the project’s outreach and engagement goals. Typically, film projects have at least at a rough cut that we can review. Fledgling will give priority to projects that are complete or will be ready to launch within 6 months and can be deployed to influence the political and social conversations around climate change and the need for action.

Issue Area: Fledgling is interested in those projects that highlight the immediate and long-term health and economic impacts of the changing climate. Climate change is an urgent issue and the effects on individuals and communities are wide ranging – including but not limited to increases in diseases related to poorer air and water quality, a greater number of heat related illnesses and deaths, increases in and changing patterns of vector-borne diseases, forced migration, sea level rise and economic insecurity. Successful projects will have the potential to engage audiences around climate change through the lens of public health and economic justice.

Audience Engagement and Distribution: Fledgling is seeking projects that can be quickly deployed and is looking for thoughtful, ambitious, and achievable ideas about using the content. Having nonprofit or other partnerships in place, unique plans to build viewership and timely calls to action will help a project stand out.  

Budget: Fledgling will consider the overall budget and prioritize projects where the outreach and engagement funding can play a key role in moving a project forward or seeding an idea for greater impact and momentum.  Funding may not be used for production expenses. Fledgling will prioritize projects that have secured most of their production funding and have a solid plan in place to close any budget gap. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186753

Number of Grants:

3 - 5

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants will range from $15,000 to $25,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects that are complete or will be ready to launch within 6 months will be given priority.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Fledgling Fund welcomes applications from individual filmmakers and media makers.

Student projects are not eligible.

Before receiving a grant, all applicants must have a 501c3 fiscal sponsor based in the United States. This does not need to be in place for you to submit the application, but it must be in place for the funds to be disbursed. The Fledgling Fund will give priority to projects that have not yet received funding from The Fledgling Fund.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Timeline:
- Online Application Opens: August 21, 2019
- Applications Due: October 1st at 5:00 PM EST
- Grants Announced: Late November

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