DC Documentary Short Film Partnership Grant


DC Docs Partnership Grant Program

Washington, DC, as we know it today, has a treasured cultural legacy that spans generations.  HumanitiesDC (HDC) is committed to supporting projects that breathe life into the unique stories of our rich communities.  HDC is seeking qualified partners for its DC DOCS program to help us with this mission.

DC DOCS provides financial and capacity building resources to established filmmakers interested in telling a humanities story about Washington, DC through a documentary short film.  Potential projects must incorporate relevant humanities scholarship into the stories that they tell.

Selected partners will have the opportunity to work with the HDC grants team who will provide capacity-building and subject-matter support throughout the life of the project.

Proposals will be reviewed in June and selected projects will be announced in early July.

Click here to download the full RFP for this program.

Award Amount:

Applicants may request up to $30,000 depending on the scope of their projects.

Project Period:

This opportunity is for documentary short film projects conducted between July 15, 2019-July 15, 2020.


All proposals must be received by May 29, 2019.

What are we looking for?

The DC DOCS program accepts applications for funding to produce a documentary short film. Prospective projects should be:

  • led by mid-career or established filmmakers who can provide evidence of their past successes,

  • informed by humanities scholars knowledgeable about the field or subject-matter the documentary short will cover,

  • innovative, unique, and of strong educational interest to a wide public audience,

  • focused on one or more central humanities disciplines.

Applications must identify a scholar, and how that person will guide the project through the grant cycle.  Applicants must demonstrate the scholar has the appropriate expertise to serve in that role on the project and that the identified scholar has committed to working on the project throughout the grant cycle. Each funded project will result in a lasting digital final product that will be added to HumanitiesDC Digital Museum.

In addition to an overall description of the project, the grant application will also require:

  • A statement of expected impact,

  • a description of collaboration and community involvement,

  • list the project team and roles they will play,

  • timeline of film project activities/stages,

  • marketing and evaluation strategies, and

  • budget and budget narrative.