Documentary Film Funding for POC / Funding

July 31, 2019

Organization Name: ITVS Diversity Development Fund

Organization Location: San Francisco, CA

Type: Funding

Fee: Free



Diversity Development Fund has one funding round per year, with a deadline in September.

We’re looking for exceptional stories by filmmakers from diverse backgrounds: stories that take creative risks, inspire dialogue, and are rarely seen on public media. We are committed to supporting producers of color and creating public media programming that is truly inclusive.

Diversity Development Fund gives producers of color up to $25,000 in research and development funding so you can develop your documentary for public media. Pre-production nonfiction projects only. Around five percent of applicants receive funding. For works in progress, see Open Call. On average, applicants spend 1-2 weeks completing their applications.

Diversity Development Fund is not a grant. You will receive funding in the form of a development agreement that assigns ITVS certain rights over your project during the term of the contract.

Who We Fund

Diversity Development Fund supports:

  • Projects that have not yet begun production.

  • Single, nonfiction programs of standard broadcast length (30 or 60 minutes).


You are eligible to apply if you:

  • Identify as a person of color.

  • Own the copyright of your production and maintain editorial control of the story.

  • Are not employed as a producer or director by a broadcast entity or film studio.

  • Have previous film or television production experience in a principal role: director, co-director, producer, co-producer. Student work won’t be reviewed.

  • Are applying to only this ITVS funding initiative at this time – we won’t review projects already under consideration for other ITVS funding.

  • A citizen or legal resident of the U.S. or its external territories age 18 or older.

What to Expect

The Review Process

After you submit your application, you will receive notification of your status within eight weeks. If you are among the group of finalists, you will be asked to submit additional materials about your project, including a more detailed budget.

Production and Distribution

The Diversity Development Fund provides research and development support for pre-production projects. We’ll help you develop a program treatment, work sample, and project plan – materials that will prepare you to apply for production funding.

Opportunity Website