Media Projects: Production Grants

Division of Public Programs

Grant Snapshot

Maximum award amount

$1 million

Open to

Organizations

Expected output

Film/TV/Video;
Podcast;
Online Video;
Radio Broadcast

Period of performance

Twelve to thirty-six months

Application available

Optional Draft due

Application 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 Media Projects: Production Grants program supports the production and distribution of radio, podcast, television, and long-form documentary film projects that engage general audiences with humanities ideas in creative and appealing ways. All projects must be grounded in humanities scholarship and demonstrate an approach that is thoughtful, balanced, and analytical. The approach to the subject matter must go beyond the mere presentation of factual information to explore its larger significance and stimulate reflection.

Film and television production projects may be single programs or a series addressing significant figures, events, or ideas. Programs may be intended for regional or national distribution, via traditional carriage or online distribution. Films must be longer than thirty minutes.

Radio and podcast production projects may involve single programs, limited series, or segments within an ongoing series. Programs receiving production grants may be either broadcast or disseminated online. They may be intended for national or regional distribution.

What’s new for 2020

  • The program only funds films that are thirty-minutes or longer (films of thirty minutes or less should be submitted to the Short Documentaries program.)
  • The script or treatment should not exceed fifteen pages per hour of the proposed program and it may be shorter.
  • Applications must be complete, must observe the specified page limits, and must be validated by Grants.gov under the correct funding opportunity number to be considered under this notice. Late, incomplete, or ineligible applications will not be reviewed.
Review your application package

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

Media Projects: Production Grants Notice of Funding Opportunity, January 2020 (PDF)
Media Projects Grants.gov application package

Budget Resources

Sample Budget, August 2019 (PDF)
Budget Form, August 2019 (XLS)

Program Resources

Media Projects Frequently Asked Questions, August 2019 (PDF)
Labor Standards Assurances Form (PDF)
Certification Regarding Lobbying (PDF)
Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (PDF)
Media Projects: Production Grants awards, 2017-2019
DUNS Number Requirement

Sample Application Narratives

Bob Hope: America's Entertainer
New York Public Radio, W. Eugene Smith and the Jazz Loft
Public Radio International, American Icons III: Stories about Creativity, the Arts, and the Humanities
Public Radio International, Lyndon Johnson's Presidency and the War in Vietnam
Twin Cities Public Television, Slavery by Another Name
WGBH Educational Foundation, Freedom Riders
World Music Productions, Afropop Worldwide

    Complete your application package

    Be sure to follow the instructions outlined in the Notice of Funding Opportunity and in the Grants.gov instructions. 

    Submit your application package on Grants.gov

    You will receive a confirmation from Grants.gov when you've successfully submitted your application. 

    Verify you have received email messages from Grants.gov

    After you submit your application, Grants.gov will send you up to five e-mail messages confirming receipt of your application. These messages represent different stages in the application acceptance process. You should verify that you have received all confirmation messages. Please note that email filters may send these messages to your spam or junk folder.

    Program Statistics

    In the last five competitions this program received an average of
    38
    Applications
    per competition
    This program has a
    7%
    Funding Ratio
    NEH made an average of
    2
    Awards
    per competition