The Catapult Research Grant
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The Catapult Research Grant is the newest expansion of Catapult Film Fund’s on-going commitment to develop nonfiction films and filmmakers. Our new program seeks to develop the voices of diverse filmmakers by providing five $10,000 grants plus six months of mentorship and professional development. The grant is open to US-based filmmakers only.
The grant can be used for a variety of needs for developing new nonfiction film ideas including: research, writing, travel, crew, identifying and gaining access to protagonists, and any preliminary production costs associated with shaping the artistic vision or capturing early footage.
Please review the guidelines and FAQs before applying. If you have additional questions you can reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a voicemail at 415-738-8553 and we will return your call.
What we are looking for
- Filmmakers with a connection to the story
- Timeliness of the story and contemporary relevance
- Uniqueness and creativity of the cinematic approach
- Clarity and specificity of how the grant will be used
- The Catapult Research Grant is open to US-based filmmakers only. The filmmaker must be based in the United States, Puerto Rico, or other U.S. territories.
- The film must be in early research or development. We do not accept films in production or post-production.
- Catapult accepts applicants who can arrange to have a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor.
- Catapult may contact the applicant with questions about the proposal.
- Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. Catapult does not fund student films.
- The project can be either a long-form/feature-length documentary or a short documentary; we do not accept series or fiction projects of any kind.
- Animation is okay. Documentary/narrative hybrids will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- Research funds should be used for developing new nonfiction film ideas. Appropriate uses include: research, writing, travel, crew, identifying and gaining access to protagonists, and any preliminary production costs associated with shaping the artistic vision or capturing early footage.
- Catapult only makes grants to 501(c)(3) organizations. In most cases, this will mean getting a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor for the project. * A filmmaker may submit an application without a fiscal sponsor in place. Please see the FAQ section for more details.
What can I use the grant for?
The Catapult Research Grant can be used for a variety of needs for developing new non-fiction film ideas including: research, writing, travel, crew, identifying and gaining access to characters, and any preliminary production costs associated with shaping the artistic vision or capturing initial footage.
What is the grant amount?
The Catapult Research Grant is for $10,000.
What is the deliverable of the grant?
Deliverables for the grant will be non-prescriptive and individually designed based on the grantee’s goals. Some possible outcomes include: characters identified and access secured, story and topic research, completion of the core application. A budget of how the grant was used will also be requested.
Can you tell me more about the mentorship aspect of the grant?
The mentorship is offered on a cohort and individual basis. The cohort will meet for three bi-monthly meetings over six months. Each meeting (held virtually until further notice) will focus on a different topic and each discussion will be tailored to the unique projects. Discussion will provide critical supportive feedback with a sense of creative community and camaraderie. By the end of the mentorship, the cohort of five filmmakers should emerge with a broader perspective on their projects and a clearer understanding of goals and next steps to getting their projects off the ground. The Catapult team will also provide one-on-one assistance in areas such as feedback on written materials and help with the core application/first application for development funding.
What type of projects are you interested in?
Catapult is committed to prioritizing diverse filmmakers at any stage in their filmmaking careers. We are open to all lengths of projects (feature and shorts) and value creativity and uniqueness. We do not accept fiction films, or projects in late development, production, or post-production.
What dates is the application open and when will I hear from you?
The application will be open from October 23rd - December 4th 2020 at 5:00pm PST. We will announce the recipients in early February, 2021. We will also notify the projects that were not selected for funding.
What is the grant period?
The grant period will be determined with each filmmaker depending on their goals. The filmmaker will indicate the expected length of their own research schedule and put forward when they believe they can set a deadline for turning in deliverables.
How many grants will be awarded?
We will award five Catapult Research Grants per cycle.
Do I need a fiscal sponsor to apply?
No. You do not need a fiscal sponsor to apply. If chosen for funding, however, you will need a US based 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor in place to receive the funds.
Do you accept applications outside the US?
No. The Catapult Research Grant is open to US-based filmmakers only. The filmmaker must be based in the United States, Puerto Rico, or other U.S. territories.