Project development funding for investigative journalism.
The Focus Grant provides up to $15,000 in development funding for documentary films engaged in investigative journalism. Our goal is to encourage exposure and awareness for topics that include serious crimes, corruption or conflicts of interest.
If your film covers more general topics, and are in advanced development, production or post-production, please submit your project application for Documentary funding to our Miller / Packan Documentary Fund instead.
Here’s How it Works: We are huge fans of documentary films which are driven by investigative reporting and told through a powerful narrative. Each year, we receive and review many hundreds of submissions for film projects, which cover a wide range of issues. With the Focus Grant, we aim to fund proposals with a strong investigative potential, by funding these projects at a development level.
Each chosen submission is awarded a one-time only grant offered in an amount up to $15,000. Due to the wide scope of our interests, our selection process will be a highly competitive one. If you feel you are the right candidate with the right project, we ask that you submit a Letter of Inquiry to us by email. There is no time limit or deadline for these inquiries and if accepted by us, we will invite you to write a more detailed Proposal.
What Happens Next? If we accept your Proposal, we will award your project a Focus Grant up to $15,000. After you receive a Focus Grant, we hope to see you continue the development and production of the project, with the goal that it becomes a wonderful, engaging and impactful film. Award winners hold the entire rights to the project.
Submissions that are awarded our Focus Grant will be invited to apply for further funding (up to $25,000) for additional development or production needs. There is no guarantee that winning a Focus Grant will gain you the additional funding. At that point you will be competing with the other submissions received during our bi-annual open calls.
About Miller / Packan
Who are Sally Miller & Mae Packan? It’s nearly certain you’ve never heard of these outstanding educators. Locally, they left a mark on several generations of high school students. Yet there are no major awards given to them, no buildings named after them, not a statue nor even a plaque. Like many exceptional educators, their impact goes largely unrecognized.
It’s in their honor, and in honor of all the other exceptional yet unheralded educators, that we dedicate this Fund. The Miller / Packan Film Fund supports documentaries that perpetuate the Idealism and Critical Thinking they brought to their students.