OVERVIEW: The Park Foundation’s film grants support documentary filmmaking that examines civil society, democracy, the environment, and animal welfare.
IP TAKE: Park awards a limited number of documentary film grants each year. Its grants roster includes some pretty well-known names, so grantseekers should expect a good deal of competition here.
PROFILE: Founded in 1966, the Park Foundation originally concentrated grantmaking on education in regions where Park Communications had a business presence. While the foundation remains dedicated to education, it has expanded to include environmental causes, animal welfare, and media.
Park’s media grantmaking is broad, covering investigative journalism, media policy, public broadcasting, and documentary films. Filmmakers should be aware that Park awards only a limited number of modest grants to individual documentary projects on the subjects of civil society, democracy, the environment and animal welfare.
Though Park has awarded a few sizable documentary film grants of $500,000 to $1 million, most are $10,000 to $50,000. To learn more about the kind of documentary projects the foundation supports, browse its Grants Awarded page.
The Park Foundation accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry both online and through the mail. While the foundation does not require applicants to submit an LOI prior to a full proposal, it’s highly recommended for documentary film grant requests. Park has four submission deadlines per year. Currently, those dates are January 6, March 31, July 7, and September 29.
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