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List of the Best Documentary Grants to Fund Your Film

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

Funding for Documentary Filmmakers

Documentary Pitch Template Package

Documentary filmmakers, this is for you. Download your documentary proposal template, visual pitch deck, real world examples, and a detailed guide designed to win pitch competitions, get grants and convince investors.

Sloan Distribution Grant

Science and Technology Film Distribution

The Sloan Distribution Grant is a $50,000 grant awarded by Film Independent to a film that is entering its distribution phase.

IDA Enterprise Documentary Fund

Documentary Fund for US Filmmakers

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

CrossCurrents Doc Funds

Underrepresented Filmmakers

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

Rogers Documentary Fund

Documentary Fund for Canadian Filmmakers

The Rogers Documentary Fund helps sustain Canada’s tradition of quality, independently produced documentary projects and ensures that these productions are seen by the widest possible audience.

IDFA Bertha Fund

Underrepresented Countries 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.

Diversity Development Fund

Documentary Fund for US Filmmakers

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.

AAAS Science Journalism Awards

Fund for Journalists

The AAAS Science Journalism Awards have honored professional journalists for distinguished reporting on the sciences, engineering, and mathematics.

DEI Film Grant

Sports and Trail Running

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Film Grant Fund provides intentional support and funding to amplify women, BIPOC & LGBTQ+ centered stories that celebrate running across the spectrum of cultural experiences.

Hot Docs-Slaight Family Fund

Music Documentaries in Canada

This documentary fund is dedicated to filmmakers telling engaging, high-quality stories that embrace music artists in all its forms and that demonstrate Canadian music’s role in the world.