International Documentary Association – Funding Grants

DocWest – Grants & Awards

Here are some links to significant funding sources and also to some of the most popular crowd-funding websites that have taken off in recent years.

Film Daily – Documentaries

Links to various funding websites for documentary filmmakers

British Film Institute

Film London – Funding

South Africa: National Film & Video Foundation

Sundance Film Institute – Support for Artists

Supports U.S. and international documentary films and videos focused on current and significant issues and movements in contemporary human rights, freedom of expression, social justice, and civil liberties.

The Diversity Development Fund (DDF)

The Diversity Development Fund (DDF) provides up to $15,000 in research and development funding to producers of color to develop single documentary programs for public television. Funded activities may include travel, research, script development, preliminary production for fundraising/work-in-progress reels, or other early phase activities.

Whicker’s World Funding Award

The Whicker’s World Foundation Funding Award is awarding £80,000 to the most promising pitch for an authored documentary for a filmmaker under 30, with a £10,000 award granted to a runner-up.

Hotdocs Film Funds

Since their inception, Hot Docs’ film funds have supported 172 Canadian and international documentary projects with an incredible $3.6 million in no-interest loans and grants.

Women Make Moves Fiscal Sponsorship

Fiscal Sponsorship is the largest component of the Production Assistance Program. Fiscal Sponsorship is designed for women filmmakers who are actively fundraising for their film or video project and need 501(c)(3) non-profit tax-exempt status.