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DC Documentary (DC DOCS) Post-Production Grant

Grants to Washington, DC Nonprofits for Video Projects
About Local Neighborhoods and Communities

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HumanitiesDC (HDC)

Deadline Date:

05/03/21 11:59 PM ET


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Grants of up to $20,000 and grants of up to $35,000 and in-kind technical support to Washington, DC nonprofit organizations for video projects that tell a unique story about a DC community or neighborhood. Funding is intended for direct program costs, including salary, honoraria, and consulting fees for individuals working on the project.

DC DOCS provides post-production financial and capacity-building resources to established filmmakers interested in telling a humanities story about Washington, DC through a documentary feature or short film. DC DOCS grants are driven by the final film’s inclusion as a part of an online archive and a public showcase. One of the many things that makes HumanitiesDC’s grant programs unique is the close partnership awarded grantees forge with HumanitiesDC grants officers to ensure that their projects result in an academically authoritative, technically polished final products that will be of continued benefit to students, researchers, and the residents of Washington, DC as part of the DC Digital Museum, a permanent digital archive administered by HumanitiesDC.

The DC DOCS program accepts applications to fund post-production of a documentary short (running time of 40 minutes or less, including all credits) or feature film (greater than 40 minutes). Prospective projects should:

  • Be in or near post-production, with no less than 80% of production completed;
  • Be led by mid-career or established filmmakers who can provide evidence of their past successes;
  • Be informed by one or more of the humanities disciplines;
  • Demonstrate a deep connection to Washington, DC; and
  • Be innovative, unique, and of strong educational interest to a wide public audience.

For allowable costs, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185743

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may request up to $20,000 for a short film or up to $35,000 for a feature film.

Term of Contract:

Project Period: July 1, 2021 – February 15, 2022

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility Requirements:
- Must be a federally incorporated 501c3 non-profit organization.
- Must not have received a DC DOCS grant from HumanitiesDC during the fiscal year immediately preceding the application.
- Must be registered with, and authorized to do business in, the District as either a “Domestic” entity (that is, an entity that was incorporated in the District) or a “Foreign” entity (that is, an entity that was incorporated in another state).
- Must register and comply with the regulatory requirements of the following agencies:
(i) District of Columbia Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) – Corporations Division (indicating an “active” business license status at the time of application and agreeing to maintain such status throughout the grant period).
(ii) District of Columbia Office of the Chief Financial Officer, Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR).
(iii) District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES).
(iv) United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
- Must be able to obtain a certification of “Citywide Clean Hands” (CCH) from the District of Columbia Office of Tax and Revenue.
- Must have a principal business office address that is located in the District of Columbia and is accessible to onsite review. Post office boxes will not be accepted.
- Must not hold any open grants awarded or administered by HumanitiesDC at the time of the application deadline.
- Must be in good standing with HumanitiesDC. Applicants with outstanding or delinquent reports or final products from previous HumanitiesDC grants must submit them completed and without deficiencies at least 30 days before the deadline for which they wish to apply.

Organizations without 501c3 non-profit status may apply through an organization serving as a fiscal sponsor provided that the fiscal sponsor organization meets all eligibility requirements in this RFP.

Prohibited applicants include: private clubs and organizations that prohibit membership based upon race, gender, color, religion, or any other classes identified in the District of Columbia Human Rights Act; for-profit (commercial) entities; political organizations; foreign governments; federal government entities; and District of Columbia government agencies.

For examples of disallowed costs, see

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: May 3, 2021, 11:59pm ET

HumanitiesDC will notify applicants of their status (funded or denied) no more than 45 days after the application deadline.

Applicants will receive a confirmation email when their proposals have been successfully submitted. Applicants should contact the applicable HumanitiesDC staff member immediately should they encounter any technical issues or if they do not receive a confirmation email.

Applicants may submit one (1) project application for this grant program in FY2021.

Successful applicants will be awarded the full award at the beginning of the grant period.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Staff Contact:
Andrea Carroll McNeil, Grants Manager

1140 3rd Street NE, 2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20002

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