Inspired by its core belief that documentaries have the power to change lives and communities, the Southern Documentary Fund (SDF) works to cultivate documentary projects made in or about the American South. Through support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, SDF currently is accepting applications for nonfiction documentary projects from residents of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Through the SDF Production Grant program, the fund will grant awards of $10,000 in support of original projects with potential to generate public discourse in the pre-production, production, or post-production stage.
Through the SDF Research and Development Grant, the fund will grant awards of $5,000 in support of projects in the research and development stage.
New, emerging, and established documentary filmmakers are encouraged to apply. Project team leadership must reflect the community whose story is being told, and projects must have confirmed access to subjects and story.
To be eligible, applicants must have a U.S. Social Security number or a U.S. federal tax ID number, eighteen years of age or older, and reside in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, or West Virginia. Applicants need not have a fiscal sponsor to apply for a grant.
See the Southern Documentary Fund website for complete program guidelines, application instructions, and a list of previously supported projects.