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How to Apply

FAQs for the Catapult Research Grant:

When is the deadline?

The grant will open Monday October 17th, 2022 and closes Monday November 14th, 2022 at midnight PST. Grantees will be announced early January 2023.

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 grant will open Monday October 17th, 2022 and closes Monday November 14th, 2022 at midnight PST. Grantees will be announced early January 2023.

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.

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