Grants for Documentary Filmmakers

Documentary filmmakers are the individuals creating documentary films. These films, on the other hand, are under a broad category of motion pictures that are non-fictional and mainly intended to document particular aspect of the reality. The main objective usually is to maintain or instruct a historical record. Not all has the means to make quality documentary films; fortunately, there are available grants for documentary filmmakers that give support to filmmakers who want to create films for the said purposes.

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

The MacArthur Foundation is supporting the production as well as the distribution of documentary programs that are intended for the radio, public television, and the World Wide Web. The documentary programs must be able to assist the American public in knowing the getting the right information regarding the important current affairs as well as policy issues for both locally and internationally. To apply, applicants should visit this website: For more questions, details, inquiries and comments, call the foundation at (312) 726 – 8000 or send an e-mail to

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Office of Grants Management
40 S. Dearborn St.
Chicago, IL 60603-5285

Center for Documentary Studies Filmmaker Award

The Center for Documentary Studies Filmmaker Award is offering the $7,500 cash grant to documentary films that merge creativity and originality with actual skill in the examination of the essential issues about the modern life and the culture. In addition to the cash grant, the winners are selected to be part of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival that will be held every spring in Durham, North Carolina. For more inquiries, questions and comments, call the grantor through phone at (919) 660 – 3663 or send an e-mail to

Lyndhurst House
1317 W. Pettigrew St.
Durham, NC 27705

Lynn and Jules Kroll Fund for Jewish Documentary Film

The Lynn and Jules Kroll Fund for Jewish Documentary Film is now opening the 2011 Film Fund application. This fund is intended to provide support grants for the filmmakers to complete the original documentary films they are doing. The documentary film must be intended to promote caring concern for the Jewish culture, identity, life and tradition. The deadline for the submission of application for the 2011 cycle is on July 22, 2011. Applicants must submit their application online. For more inquiries, call the foundation at (212) 629 – 0500 or send an e-mail to

Foundation for Jewish Culture
330 7th Ave., 21st Floor
New York, NY 10001

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