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California Documentary Project Grant

‘CDP’ the California Documentary Project, is a competitive Grant program in support of California Humanities designed to promote the understanding of California’s history, culture, and peoples. Media used in this effort include radio, documentary film, and non-traditional formats. Projects are required to use the humanities, provide perspective, context, and depth while appealing to California and National audiences via broadcast or distribution. The California Documentary Project grants are available to documentary projects that are in the R&D stage of development, and early stages of production. Our Grants range from $10,000 to $50,000 with the provision that an in-kind match or cash is required on behalf of the producer.

Eligibility is not based on California residency. We are a State partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities and since 2003, have awarded over four million dollars to projects that showcase the California experience. Titles you might recognize include; Man in the Middle, Ruben Salazar, Romeo is Bleeding, The Story of Fishbone, Everyday Sunshine, The Aids Years in San Francisco, We Are Here, Seeking Asian Female, Grab a Hunk of Lightning, and many others. For more than forty years, California Humanities has been a champion for seldom heard voices that help tell the stories of our State.

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