Offer: JustFilms Initiative for Grantseekers
For Grant Seekers
Beginning in 2011, we are investing $10 million a year over five years in documentary projects that address urgent social issues and help us understand our past, explore our present and build our future. Our goal is to expand the community of emerging and established filmmakers who often lack funding, and help them to realize their visions and reach audiences.
What We Fund
JustFilms focuses on film, video and digital works that show courageous people confronting difficult issues and actively pursuing a more just, secure and sustainable world. Initiative funds will be distributed through three distinct paths:
Partnerships with major organizations such as the Sundance Institute, the Independent Television Service and the Tribeca Film Institute
Collaboration with other Ford Foundation grant-making programs where the introduction of documentary film could help draw attention to an issue or advance a movement, and
An ongoing open-application process that will help JustFilms stay attuned to fresh ideas and stories wherever they may emerge.
Approximately one-third of JustFilms support is dedicated to finding projects through our open-application process. If you would like to seek a grant for your documentary, we ask that you take the time to review a few questions that set the basic criteria for the work we are likely to support and will help you determine whether your project will be considered for funding.
Does the subject of your project align with our mission? Does it have a social justice focus or theme?
Does your project fit into any of the following categories: Health, sports, early childhood, advocacy, educational, scientific, industrial? Or, is it a student film, feature film, or fictional television show? If so, it is NOT eligible for funding. In addition, we do not fund university academic programs.
International subjects: Does the Ford Foundation have an office in the region where your film occurs? If yes, you will need to contact that regional office first to gain support for consideration before applying for a JustFilms grant. If we do not have an office in the region where your project takes place, it is NOT eligible for funding.
Finally, do you have a trailer, selects or a rough cut we can review? If no, then we recommend you apply when your project is more evolved.
If after reviewing the above questions you believe your project is eligible for support, and you would like to seek a grant, you may do so through our Grant Inquiry process by following the instructions below.
At the end of the online application process, you are given the option to attach a document to the form. For documentary film and media support we request that a letter be attached that includes a brief description of your project and creative approach, the primary purpose of the project, the current stage of the project and whether any other funds have been raised for the film. This letter should also include your brief responses to the four eligibility questions above.