List of the Best Documentary Grants to Fund Your Film

Here is the list of upcoming Film Grants for Documentaries to bring your important story to life.
Documentary Funding

For filmmakers around the world, the documentary grants directory guides you to opportunities on how to fund your documentary.

Funding for Documentary Filmmakers

Redford Center Grants

Redford Center Grants supports environmental filmmakers and frontline stories that drive solutions for people and the planet, providing the hope necessary for audiences to feel ready to engage in addressing our environmental crises.

SFFILM Documentary Film Fund

The SFFILM Documentary Film Fund (DFF) supports engaging documentaries in post-production which exhibit compelling stories, intriguing characters, and an original, innovative visual approach.

Sundance Institute Sandbox Fund

Grants are offered to independent artists who are working at the intersection of science and nonfiction storytelling. The partnership identifies and supports nonfiction projects that inspire a deeper interest in science, especially among those who don’t think of themselves as science enthusiasts.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Fund

Hot Docs and the Rogers Foundation founded the $1-million Hot Docs Ted Rogers Fund to support Canadian documentary projects.

World Cinema Fund

The World Cinema Fund supports exclusively the production and distribution of feature films and feature-length documentaries. Supports Latin America, Central America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, the Caucasus as well as Bangladesh, Nepal, Mongolia and Sri Lanka.

Whickers World Foundation

The Film & TV Funding Award is awarded annually to an emerging filmmaker from anywhere in the world with the most promising pitch for a director-led documentary.

Points North Fellowship

The Points North Fellowship early- and mid-career filmmakers to Maine to accelerate the development of their feature documentary.

IDA Enterprise Documentary Fund

The IDA Enterprise Documentary Fund supports in-depth explorations of original, contemporary stories that integrate journalistic practice into the filmmaking process.

Hot Docs-Blue Ice Docs Fund

The Hot Docs-Blue Ice Docs Fund invests in African documentary filmmakers to tell their stories and contribute to the next generation of African documentary talent. 

Filmmakers Without Borders

Filmmakers Without Borders supports independent filmmakers around the world via grants and other funding initiatives.

EuroDoc

We accept all documentaries, essays and experimental films that reflect a diversity of genres and different forms of cinematic approaches. 

Diversity Development Fund

Diversity Development Fund gives producers of color up to $25,000 in research and development funding so you can develop your documentary for public media.

CrossCurrents Doc Funds

The CrossCurrents Fund is an international fund for filmmakers who are members of or have a deep connection to the underrepresented and marginalized community.

Art Moves Africa

AMA gives grants to artists and arts professionals (curators, cultural operators and journalists) of all artistic disciplines who live and work in Africa, to travel within the African continent.

Creative Capital

Creative Capital fund artists in the creation of groundbreaking new work in the visual arts, performing arts, film, technology and socially-engaged work in all forms.

Climate Story Fund

The Climate Story Fund supports compelling storytelling and impact campaigns from around the world that move us closer to a climate just and biodiverse future.

Catapult Film Fund

We provide development funding, up to $20,000, to documentary filmmakers who have a strong story to tell, have secured access, and are ready to create a fundraising piece to help unlock critical production funding.

Vision Sud East

The fund supports film productions from Asia, Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe, aims at making them visible worldwide and guarantees their distribution in Switzerland. 

The Miller / Packan Film Fund

The Miller / Packan Film Fund supports documentaries that Educate, Inspire and Enrich. The Fund is financed through the Rogovy Foundation.

Roy W. Dean Film Grants

Roy W Dean Film Grants fund independent feature films, documentaries, web series, and short films with budgets of $500,000 or less that are unique and make a contribution to society.

Just Films Ford Foundation

The Ford Foundation seeks to reduce inequality in all of its forms, and artist-driven documentary and emerging media projects are crucial to this effort.

IDFA Bertha Fund

The IDFA Bertha Fund is the only fund in the world dedicated solely to stimulating and empowering the creative documentary sector in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Oceania.

Frameline Completion Fund

The Frameline Completion Fund provides grants to emerging and established filmmakers. This program seeks to provide a much-needed source of financial contributions to artists who often struggle to secure funding to complete their works.

Alter-Ciné Foundation

The Foundation awards a grant aimed at young filmmakers born and living in Africa, Asia or Latin America who want to direct a film in the language of their choice that respects the aims of the Foundation.