The current political climate has driven home the importance of raising up voices and stories that inform and engage. As we look at the big issues on the table in the coming years – immigration, racial justice, gender equality, health care, criminal justice and climate change, to name just a few — we believe it is critical that there be a vibrant public debate grounded in an understanding of the myriad ways these issues affect individuals, families and communities.
Non-fiction visual stories bring together diverse communities, and sometimes unlikely allies, to engage in real dialogue and action. These stories are more urgent than ever and we believe that they need to be deployed quickly, in a range of formats, to help amplify the work of individual leaders, nonprofits and movements. We know filmmakers and other media makers have creative ideas about how to do this (and sometimes have footage that can be repurposed), but often lack the financial resources to implement them quickly.
To that end, Fledgling’s Special Fund for Rapid Story Deployment provides grants ranging from $2,500-$10,000 to support short non-fiction films and/or other visual stories that can be completed and distributed quickly. Priority will be given to projects that have a plan to distribute the work in ways that deepen the debate around our most critical social issues. We are open to funding at all stages (production, post-production, distribution and outreach) but will give priority to projects and that are well positioned to make an impact quickly.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and must be submitted via our online application system. We are committed to an expedited review process and will notify applicants of proposal’s status within two weeks. Unfortunately, due to volume, we are unable to provide feedback on declined applications.