Media Projects: Production Grants
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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.
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 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
Be sure to follow the instructions outlined in the Notice of Funding Opportunity and in the Grants.gov instructions.
You will receive a confirmation from Grants.gov when you've successfully submitted your application.
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.