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Grants and In-Kind Support to USA, Canada, and International Individuals to Prepare and Present Climate Change Campaigns

Climate Story Fund

GrantWatch ID# 207093
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
Doc Society
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
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, Israel and Canada.

Important Dates
Conference Date: 01/11/23
Deadline: 02/01/23 11:59 PM PST

Grant Description
Grants and in-kind support to USA, Canada, and International individuals to prepare and present campaigns addressing climate change. Funding is intended for directors, producers, and creatives to publicize climate concerns that predominantly affect underrepresented communities. Projects are accepted from new and established artists working in a wide range of media formats.

The Climate Story Fund supports compelling storytelling and impact campaigns from around the world that move the world closer to a climate-just and biodiverse future. The Climate Story Fund prioritizes climate stories centering the most affected, the unengaged and the underrepresented, and puts them at the center of the story. The Fund also prioritizes storytellers working in and from those communities, sharing narratives that resonate deeply with new and unengaged audiences, bringing them into critical conversations around climate justice.

The selection process will be guided by such principles. In addition, it will give preference to projects that embody inclusion and diversity across team and subject matter, and exercise responsible practices when engaging story participants and communities. The Fund is looking for creative nonfiction projects including long form, shorts or episodic documentaries as well as podcasts and radio documentaries, that can complete production in 2023 with support from the Climate Story Fund. The Fund also supports completed creative nonfiction and fiction projects of any medium looking to pilot an impact campaign in 2023 to engage audiences who are not typically included in the climate conversation.

If you are selected for funding and you decide to join the cohort, Doc Society will come on board as collaborators, partners and your biggest champion. They see their role as “friend of the artist” and the team there being at your service throughout production and right through to launch. They have one of the best curatorial benches in the business and will offer first class editorial feedback. You can also draw on support from their business affairs and legal team if needed. They have expertise in safety and security if it is relevant. When the project is finished, they also have long term relationships with festivals, distributors and commissioners to help ensure the stories are seen by key audiences. All of this support is included as part of their investment. The Climate Story Fund is one-of-a-kind in the media ecosystem not only because of comprehensive support through production but also a total commitment to helping you launch an impact campaign alongside the release of your project.

Supported Projects: 

  • Projects from all over the world, these can be localised stories serving local communities, or projects suited to a global audience
  • Projects from both new and established artists
  • Creative nonfiction projects, including long form, shorts or episodic documentaries as well as podcasts and radio documentaries in production
  • Completed creative nonfiction and fiction projects of any medium looking to pilot an impact campaign


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Criteria for Eligibility
The Fund is happy to receive applications from Producers, Directors, lead creatives, or Impact Producers on the project.

The fund is open worldwide.

Not supported:
- Stories looking for development funding or in the pre-production stage
- Fiction stories looking for production funding

Pre-Proposal Conference
Save the date for the Climate Story Fund Q&A Webinar for interested applicants on January 11th, 2023. Details forthcoming.

Pre-Application Information
Applications must be submitted through the Doc Society applications portal by February 1st at 11:59 PM PST.

- 1 December 2022: Call for applications opens
- 11 January 2023: Climate Story Fund Q&A Webinar for interested applicants
- 16 January 2023: requests for applications in a language other than English, French, Spanish, or Portuguese
- 1 February 2023: Call for applications closes at 11:59 PM PST
- 27-31 March 2023: Shortlisted applicants will be contacted to supply rough cuts (if ready) and extended materials
- 17-21 April 2023: Zoom interviews for shortlisted applicants
- 8-12 May 2023: Selected grantees will be notified
- 22-26 May 2023: Unsuccessful candidates will be notified
- 5-9 June 2023: Virtual Impact Lab week for all new grantees

Applicants may apply with more than one project. Each project needs to have its own application.

Additional Information:
Impact Field Guide:
Green Doc Protocol:

Number of Grants
The fund will support 6-8 projects.

Estimated Size of Grant
$50,000 to $100,000 per project.

Term of Contract
- Project teams must be able to attend the virtual Impact Lab during the week of 5-9 June 2023.
- To qualify for production funding, projects must complete production in 2023
- To qualify for impact funding, projects must pilot an impact campaign in 2023

Contact Information

This application is available in English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese. If you wish to submit your application in another language, please email

Please submit questions to the above email address. It may take up to 5 days for you to receive a response.

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