The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Scholarships and Grants

The Princess Grace Foundation

The Princess Grace Foundation  scholarships are awarded to help support students’ thesis film projects at the undergraduate and graduate level. The category of Film is comprised of (but not limited to) narrative/documentary/experimental/animation/hybrid  work, as well as new work including media installations, transmedia, webisodes, interactive web work and other projects where the moving image is the primary component. These grants will be made in accordance with the student’s thesis project budget; no administrative charges, overhead or indirect costs incurred by the school may be charged against the grant. Should funding be awarded, acknowledgement of winning a Princess Grace Award, including the Princess Grace Awards logo, must appear in film credits/any related materials, and a copy of the completed film must be sent to the Foundation.

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee Archives 

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) Archives is pleased to announce its 2019 grant for post-production, distribution, and/or JDC Archives licensing costs of a documentary film, which draws on the JDC archival collections. This competitive process will select one documentary film, which will be awarded a grant of $10,000.
Eligible films will focus on twentieth century Jewish history, humanitarian assistance, and related topics. Topics can include issues, events and personalities related to overseas Jewish communities during the last century.
Applicants must have a proven track record as a filmmaker. Films that have utilized the JDC Archives will be given higher consideration.
Funds will be given for post-production, distribution, and/or JDC Archives licensing costs for a film currently in production or in post-production.
Applications are due by February 25, 2019.


LEF is a private family foundation that funds in New England and California. Through the LEF Moving Image Fund, the New England office supports the creation of new work by documentary filmmakers living in the region, engaging an open application process. LEF California funds projects proactively. LEF is now accepting letters of inquiry for production and post-production grants! The next LEF Moving Image Fund deadline will be Friday, January 25, 2019 at 11:59pm (midnight) for applicants seeking Production and Post Production funding. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to read the LEF New England Moving Image Fund guidelines and frequently asked questions, and to reach out to LEF New England staff by phone or e-mail to determine whether your project is eligible and a good fit for LEF's funding priorities. Start here Because the LEF Moving Image Fund has adapted its application from the Documentary Core Application, you might already have a head start on your LEF letter of inquiry if you've submitted a grant proposal to another funder that uses the Core. Learn more on the Core Application website