CAAM Documentaries For Social Change Fund Now Open

An image of a young Asian American skateboarder getting ready to drop in on a half pipe. The skater is wearing a cap backwards and a flannel shirt.
Image from "Skating Friends," a CAAM Documentaries for Social Change Fund awardee.
The fund offers grants for social issue documentary films that highlight Asian American narratives. The deadline to submit a project is Monday, August 26, 2019.

CAAM’s Documentaries for Social Change Fund applications are now open! The deadline for applications is Friday, August 23, 2019. Awards of up to $15,000 will be available to selected projects.

Please note that the application process is now on a new platform called Submittable. We have also made a few changes to our application form questions and format in an effort to align with field standards.

Please visit our Submittable page to apply to the Documentaries for Social Change Fund starting Wednesday, July 17, 2019 and ending Monday, August 26, 2019.

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About the CAAM Documentaries for Social Change Fund

The CAAM Documentaries for Social Change Fund, supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, offers grants for social issue documentary films that highlight Asian American narratives. This Fund will provide much needed resources to projects for research and development and in early production.

CAAM has almost 40 years of experience in funding documentary work for public media and we have found that early seed funding is rare, but incredibly important in developing important work. We believe that these kinds of early funds can nurture a community of makers who are encouraged to take risks and explore topics that are unique and specific to the Asian American community. The early nature of this fund opens up support to filmmakers who do not already have broadcast in place, and can consider all options for distribution.

The Fund will be open to all level of makers from emerging to veteran, however, the Fund will prioritize filmmakers from historically under-represented Asian American communities such as South and Southeast Asian, traditionally undeserved geographic areas like the South, as well as regions outside major metropolitan cities.

This Fund will significantly support CAAM’s mission to advocate for Asian American stories and issues to be included in the national discourse and to codify our voices in the fabric of American society today.