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The World Needs Your Story

Redford Center Grants supports environmental filmmakers and frontline stories that drive solutions for people and the planet, providing the hope necessary for audiences to feel ready to engage in addressing our environmental crises. Since launching our grants program in 2016, we’ve remained one of the few entities exclusively funding intersectional social and environmental justice documentary film projects and filmmakers throughout the entire filmmaking process with multifaceted support systems.

We Believe

  • A future that prioritizes the health of all people and the planet intersects with every social justice issue.
  • Storytellers and story subjects most impacted by inequities, extraction, and exploitation must drive climate and environmental narratives.
  • The scale and urgency of the climate crisis calls for a dramatic increase in the number, diversity, and meaningful inclusion of people engaged in environmental action.
  • Where facts alone fall short, a story can move hearts, minds, and societies toward a more equitable and regenerative future.
  • Solutions-forward stories with actionable impact goals have the most potential to mobilize public engagement and activate cultural change, which in turn, drives policy change.
  • Having a connection with nature helps us care for nature.
  • Funding is just one ingredient for bringing a film project to life.

In the program’s fourth funding cycle, we’ll welcome 12 new projects to our grants community. New and ongoing nonfiction feature films or docu-series at any stage of development, production, or postproduction are eligible to apply. Each film receives a first-year (2022) $20,000 grant for production and/or impact campaign expenses, a GoPro camera package and an opportunity to present at a public film showcase with industry leaders. In year two (2023), we’ll award second-year grants to support the production, completion, and impact for up to five selected grantee projects. In addition to financial support, we work in a grantee cohort model and provide learning sessions and opportunities, networking and promotional support, and community building to all grantees.

Projects Must Have These Elements:

  • Must be a documentary feature film or series
  • Must have a clear impact goal or idea for an impact campaign
  • Must be about, or intersect with, an environmental issue and a proposed or activated solution

We Encourage Stories About:

  • Intersectional environmental issues and solutions for people and the planet.
  • Leadership, progress, solutions, possibility, hope, and innovation that transform defeatist narratives around the environmental crises.
  • An equitable, inclusive, and diverse environmental movement that brings underrepresented and historically excluded communities and voices to the forefront.
  • Systemic bias, discrimination, and injustice in environmental policy and their impacts on communities, individuals, and the earth.
  • Pathways to direct action, groundbreaking achievements, or measurable impact.
  • Cultural practices that honor traditional and ancestral knowledge and wisdom.
  • Community power and civic engagement initiatives at the intersection of environmental justice and planetary health.
  • Protecting and restoring land, water, biodiversity, and natural resources.

Reflecting the core values of our organization, we seek to ensure accountability to and representation of the intersectionality of environmental advocates and artists, which includes Black, Indigenous, People of Color; Women; people with disabilities; immigrant and refugee communities; and LGBTQ+ communities, and all people whose lives are disproportionately impacted by environmental injustices.

Grantees Receive:

  • A $20,000 gift of financial support in the first year of the grants cycle.
  • An invitation to apply for second-year funding, which includes a more substantial financial investment to support ongoing production, post production, or an impact campaign.
  • A GoPro camera package gifted to each team by GoPro for a Cause.
  • Exclusive participation in learning sessions and networking events with experts, industry leaders, and fellow artists. Each team builds a community around their project and is supported in refining their project narratives and impact goals.
  • Promotional support and strategic advice, from development to distribution, from The Redford Center.
  • Priority consideration and a discounted rate to be part of The Redford Center’s fiscal sponsorship program, which makes it easier to attract and accept philanthropic support.

The call for applications is open from March 24 - May 30, 2022, and follows the format of the Documentary Core Application, a collaborative effort to standardize application requirements to foster greater access and a more equitable and sustainable documentary field.

Application deliverables will be reviewed for realistic progress towards short term and long term goals, and applicants will need to demonstrate measurable ways to track project impact.

Awardees will be expected to participate in professional development programming, virtual or otherwise if deemed safe during the grant award period.

There are no geographic restrictions, we accept international applications.

Finalists will be notified in early fall. Grantees will be announced in Fall 2022.

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.