How to Apply

The deadline for the 2014-2015 grant cycle has passed.
Please check back in September 2014 for information on the 2015-2016 grant cycle.

  1. Grants are only awarded to programs that are focused on filmmaker education and that meet the Academy's funding criteria. Please see the Eligibility tab for further details on qualifying filmmaker education formats.
  2. Only nonprofit organizations/institutions will be considered. Grants are not awarded to individuals or to for-profit companies or organizations.
  3. Grants are also not awarded:
    • to cover the expenses of developing or producing a film or films. Production work done as part of classroom exercises is allowed.
    • to programs focusing on any aspect of television or online media.
    • to programs targeting children age 10 and younger.
    • to support activities related to the completion of a doctoral dissertation or other academic advancement.
    • to finance administrative, overhead or permanent staffing expenses.
    • for capital expenses.
    • to film festivals. The Academy has a separate Festival Grants Program.
    • for internship programs. The Academy has a separate Internship Grants Program.
  4. The minimum grant amount is $5,000. While there is no maximum grant amount, in previous years, most awards have been in the $5,000–$15,000 range.
  5. All grants are awarded with the understanding that the Academy has discretion over the type and degree of recognition it receives from the grant recipient.
  6. Institutions or organizations may not receive a grant for more than three consecutive years.
  7. The Academy reserves the right to amend the above guidelines to accommodate extenuating circumstances or other unusual situations.

Academy educational grants are only for filmmaker education programs – those in which participants actively gain the skills and knowledge needed to make theatrical motion pictures. Filmmaker education programs include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Craft workshops and conferences in which participants are trained in one or more of the various craft fields of film production (directing, cinematography, screenwriting, editing, production design, etc.).
  • Seminar programs in which film professionals discuss their work and/or particular aspects of the creation and distribution of films.
  • Training and bridge programs in which participants are trained for and then placed in film industry jobs. These include mentoring programs.
  • Artist-in-residence and visiting artist programs in which visiting film professionals work closely with participants in educational settings (such as master classes or one-on-one sessions). Programs in which visiting artists participate only in post-screening Q&As or general audience talks are not eligible.

The proposed program's educational impact will be strongly weighted in the selection process. The quality of the learning experience, more than the number of participants served, will increase a proposal's chances of success.

Please follow all instructions. Failure to do so may result in disqualification. Grant requests must target a concrete program, as the Academy does not provide funding for general support.

Grants given in this application round apply to programs that will be initiated and completed between May 1, 2014, and April 30, 2015. Funding will be distributed in April 2014. All applicants will be notified (primarily via e-mail) as to the status of their proposals by the end of April.

Proposals must be submitted through our online application system by January 31, 2014. Under no circumstances will extensions be granted. All attached materials should be submitted as PDFs.

Application Guidelines

In addition to the online application form, a completed application will include the following:

  1. Proposal – no longer than two pages.

    Request statement – A single sentence describing the proposed project and the grant amount requested.

    Proposal paragraphs – Should outline the program for which support is requested. While you are limited to two pages, the proposal should provide as much detail as possible. You should be specific as to what portion of the program would be funded by the Academy grant. You may present alternatives here, giving the committee an opportunity to select from among several possibilities.

    Some details that should be included in the proposal paragraphs (as applicable):

    • How much money are you requesting?
    • How many people do you expect to participate in the program?
    • Is there a selection process for participants? If so, please describe.
    • What efforts are being made to promote diversity within the participant pool?
    • What topics or subjects will be covered by the program?
    • Is this a first-time program or one that you have offered before? If it's a recurring program, describe the level of success achieved in previous years.
    • How many times will the program be offered during the grant year?
    • What is the time frame for the program? (Two hours, a whole day, a weekend, a week?)
    • Will filmmakers/industry professionals be involved? If so, who are they? (If you aren't sure, tell us whom you hope to have involved, or list those professionals who have participated in the past.)
    • What's the length of stay for the filmmakers/professionals?
    • Describe the program's educational impact. What skills or knowledge will participants take away from the program? How will the program better prepare participants for careers in filmmaking?
    • How will you measure the effectiveness of the program? If it's a recurring program, please cite some success stories involving past participants.
  2. Organization Information – No longer than three pages.

    Mission statement – One or more paragraphs broadly describing the goals of the organization as well as delineating how the proposed program serves or expands those goals.

    Description of the organization – One or more paragraphs describing your organization and its history. Please include a brief outline of your organization's yearly film-related activities, if applicable.

    Executive profiles – Brief profiles of the organization's primary executives as well as any staff who will have a direct impact on the proposed program.

  3. Acknowledgments – A list of the ways in which your organization plans to acknowledge the Academy's support. These may include, but are not limited to:

    • Prominent placement of the Academy's name ("Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences") and logo in ads and other promotional materials.
    • A press release announcing the Academy's grant, and mention of the grant in subsequent press releases or articles about the sponsored program.
    • Display of Academy banners at the program (available for loan from the Academy).
    • Projection of the Academy trailer or slide at screening events.
    • Verbal acknowledgment.
  4. Budget Pages

    This should include an overall budget for the organization as well as a budget for the proposed program to be supported, with a simple breakdown of anticipated costs.

  5. Proof of the organization’s nonprofit status

    All applicants must be registered as a nonprofit organization. Fiscal sponsors may be acceptable for organizations based outside the U.S., but proof of the organization's nonprofit status in its country of origin is still required.

  6. Report required from reapplying institutions

    For their 2014–15 application to be considered, all current grant recipients need to submit a final or interim report by the due date for new applications. (See Report Guidelines tab for details.)

A final report is required for all organizations that receive an Academy grant. For those organizations that are reapplying for funding, but will not complete their current program before the deadline for new proposals, an interim report is also required. Final reports are due after the program has been completed. Interim reports are due on the same date that new proposals are due (January 31, 2014, for the 2014–15 cycle). All interim and final reports must be submitted via the online reporting form on the Academy's website. You will need to log-in to your online account and click on the "Requirements" tab in order to access the reporting form.

Reports will typically include the following:

  • A description of the program, its components, the size of the Academy grant and how the funds were used.
  • The number of participants.
  • The educational impact of the program, including specific examples of how participants benefited from the program. (What new skills or knowledge did they take away? How were they better prepared for careers in filmmaking?)
  • The way(s) in which your organization measures the program's effectiveness.
  • How the Academy grant increased the program's effectiveness.
  • A final budget breakdown.
  • Improvements you'd like to make to the program.
  • The way(s) in which the Academy grant was acknowledged, including press releases and clippings.
  • Copies of program books or other materials that publicize the Academy's support.
  • Photos and/or video taken during the funded program. Photos in which the Academy's and/or the program's name and logo appear are encouraged.
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