(Foundation Center does not give grants/donations, suggest specific funders, or approach them on your behalf. More about Foundation Center's mission. But we can point you to resources that should help you in your funding search.)
To get an overview of funding information and resources available to artists of all types, start by reading our Knowledge Base article: Where can I find grants for individual artists?
Award-winning San Francisco-based filmmaker Banker White gave this strategy for finding grants:
- Apply early and often
- Make communicating your creative thoughts and vision a part of the filmmaking process.
- Let deadlines help you create needed structure.
- Do your research. Match the appropriate stage and the projects that the funder wants. Most grantmakers have websites with thorough details.
"(I)t is true that to be competitive in development it helps to have some footage that represents your project, and when applying for production funds you are often expected to have strong sequences already shot and edited," White said. "But don't let this discourage you. Applying for grant funding should be approached like an important part of the creative process."
White spoke with Foundation Center, a service of Candid, about when filmmakers should begin applying to foundations for funding, and how to get funding for a project at different stages. You can read the full "Q&A" here.
For additional help and advice, take a look at our selected resources for film and videomakers below.
See also our related Knowledge Base articles:
Q: Where can I find grants for musicians?
Q: Where can I find grants for performing artists?
Q: Where can I find grants for visual artists?
Q: Where can I find grants for writers?
Q: What is an artist's statement? Where can I find samples?
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