CAAM provides funding and support for provocative and timely Asian American film and media projects from independent producers through two funds, the CAAM Documentary Fund and the CAAM Documentaries for Social Change Fund. CAAM awards production and completion funds for projects intended for public television broadcast. Since 1990, more than $5 million has been granted to over 150 projects. Funding is made possible with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.


CAAM Documentary Fund

With support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, CAAM provides production funding to independent producers who make engaging Asian American works for public television.

Documentaries are eligible for production or post-production funding and must be intended for public television broadcast. Awards typically range between $10,000 and $50,000.


Building Bridges Documentary Fund

The Building Bridges Documentary Fund supports independent documentary films about the Muslim experience in the United States. The Fund’s goal is to support U.S. Muslim filmmakers and works that contribute to a fuller spectrum of unseen narratives that need to be told in the context of what it means to be Muslim in the United States. The Building Bridges Documentary Fund is supported by the Building Bridges Program of the Doris Duke Foundation.


CAAM Documentaries for Social Change Fund

From 2019-2022, 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.