This grant is made possible by the generous support of The MacArthur Foundation. Southern Documentary Fund (SDF) cultivates documentaries made in or about the American South. Grants are awarded for $10,000 each to five projects. The deadline is July 18, 2022 at 11:59pm EST.

ACCESSIBILITY

We understand that Submittable may not be accessible for all applicants. If you require assistance applying, or an alternative method (i.e. video or audio application), please contact us at info@southerndocumentaryfund.org.

WHAT WE FUND

This program is for Southern makers. We will fund:

  • Nonfiction documentaries (shorts, features, docuseries, and experimental).
  • Projects must be in production. Proposals for research, development, post-production, distribution or engagement/impact funding are not eligible to apply for this grant.

We seek to bring visibility to makers and communities who are oftentimes overlooked. We will award up to five makers with grants of $10,000 each to assist them in production.

APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible for our grant:

  • Project Directors should reside or have deep roots in one of the following twelve Southern states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.
  • Applicants must have a U.S. social security number or U.S. federal tax ID number.
  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Applicants must not be enrolled in a film school and/or seeking funds for a student project.

If your project has special circumstances regarding eligibility, please feel free to reach out to our Program Manager: chris@southerndocumentaryfund.org

INELIGIBLE PROJECTS

The following projects are ineligible for funding and will NOT be considered:

  • The applicant and project do not meet the above listed eligibility requirements.
  • Non-documentary projects.
  • Projects that meet our criteria, but have an incomplete application and/or are missing support materials.
  • Projects submitted after the submission deadline.
  • Projects that have already received production funds from SDF. 

Selection Criteria

Projects will be chosen based upon the following:

  • Project falls within the scope of SDF's mission and values.
  • Primary team members have a strong connection to the story.
  • Proposal is well-researched and clearly presented.
  • Project has a feasible budget and fundraising plan.
  • Project Director and collaborators possess the skills necessary to successfully complete the project.
  • The applicant shows an understanding of their intended audience and how to reach them.
  • A completed application and all requested documents.
  • A fulfillment of eligibility requirements.

Information sessions will take place on Monday, June 27, 1pm EST and Tuesday, July 12, 4pm EST. You will need to complete Zoom registration.

For questions regarding the application process, email: sdfgrants@southerndocumentaryfund.org

Thank you for your interest in Southern Documentary Fund's Fiscal Sponsorship Program. Please be sure to review eligibility requirements and review criteria prior to submitting your application.

A non-refundable application fee of $25 is required at time of submission. We will be unable to review your application if the fee has not been received.

We will review your application and contact you with a decision within 14 days of receiving your proposal.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Project Director is based in the American South and/or telling stories about or related to the American South. SDF currently serves the following Southern states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.
  • Proposal is for a documentary media project. This includes: short & feature film, television, docu-series, web-series, podcast, photography, experimental and immersive media. 
  • Project falls within the scope of SDF's mission and values.

NOTE: If your project has special circumstances regarding eligibility, please feel free to reach out to our Program Manager: chris@southerndocumentaryfund.org

Review Criteria:

  • Subject matter of project is relevant to the mission of SDF.
  • Primary team members have a strong connection to the story.
  • Proposal is well-researched and clearly presented.
  • Project has a feasible budget and fundraising plan.
  • Project Director and collaborators posses the skills necessary to successfully complete the project.
  • The applicant shows an understanding of their intended audience and how to reach them.

For more information regarding Fiscal Sponsorship, please visit: southerndocumentaryfund.org/programs/fiscal-sponsorship

As a fiscally sponsored project of SDF you are entitled to make one disbursement request per month. Those funds will be disbursed electronically to your account within 14 days of this request. In order to disburse funds, you must have submitted a W9 and completed your bill.com account.


Please prepare a report of anticipated expenses and/or expenses paid.

Anticipated Expenses – submit an outline of what disbursed funds will be used for.

Expenses Paid – submit documentation for funds spent for which you are requesting a disbursement for.


NOTE:

- We do not pay vendors directly.

- You are responsible for maintaining good bookkeeping for all project expenses. You must retain all invoices, receipts, and other financial records for auditing purposes and make those items available to SDF upon request.


If you have any questions, please email: fiscal@southerndocumentaryfund.org

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