THE DEADLINE FOR THIS CYCLE HAS PASSED.
Updated guidelines will be posted in advance of the next deadline. In the meantime, please use these guidelines to get a sense of what is involved in assembling an application.
Maximum award amount
Period of performance
Optional Draft due
Expected notification date
Project start date
ALERT: CAGE is currently experiencing a high volume of registrations, and is processing them in the order in which they are received. NEH encourages applicants registering with SAM.gov to allow additional time for processing.
The Short Documentaries program supports documentary films up to 30 minutes that engage audiences with humanities ideas in appealing ways. The program aims to extend the humanities to new audiences through the medium of short documentary films. Films must be grounded in humanities scholarship. The Short Documentaries program can support single films or a series of thematically-related short films addressing significant figures, events, or ideas. Programs may be intended for regional or national distribution, via broadcast, festivals, and/or online distribution.
To apply for this grant, you will be need to be registered for a D-U-N-S® number, with the System for Awards Management (SAM), and with Grants.gov. If you have registered with these systems previously, confirm that your registrations are current and up to date. If you fail to allow ample time to complete registration with SAM or Grants.gov, you will not be eligible for a deadline extension or waiver of the online electronic submission requirement.
Begin by reading the Notice of Funding Opportunity below to ensure you understand the expectations and restrictions for projects delivered under this grant and are prepared to write the most effective application.
Download Application Materials
Certification Regarding Lobbying (PDF) *
Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (PDF)
Disclosure of Lobbying Activities Instructions (PDF)
Media Projects and Short Documentaries Frequently Asked Questions, August 2019 (PDF)
DUNS Number Requirement
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Sample Application Narratives
Samples of successful Short Documentaries narratives are not available, but you can review sample narratives from a related program, Media Projects, on the Development Grants program resource page or the Production Grants program resource page.
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- Tips for making PDFs
Be sure to follow the instructions outlined in the guidelines and in the Grants.gov instructions.
You will receive a confirmation from Grants.gov when you've successfully submitted your application.
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