DC DOCS Partnership Grant Program

Washington, DC has a treasured cultural legacy that spans generations. Through the DC DOCS Partnership Grant Program (DC DOCS), HumanitiesDC supports documentary film projects that record the District’s history, people or places. This opportunity is part of the Humanities Grant Program supported with funding from the District of Columbia Government through the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

DC DOCS provides capacity-building and financial resources to established filmmakers. Potential projects must incorporate relevant humanities scholarship into the stories that they tell.

Prospective projects will:

  • be led by mid-career or established filmmakers who can provide evidence of their past successes,
  • have an advisor or partner who is knowledgeable about the relevant field or subject matter
  • be innovative, unique and of strong educational interest to a wide public audience and
  • be focused on one or more central humanities disciplines.

An eligible documentary film is a nonfiction motion picture dealing creatively with a cultural artistic, historical, social, scientific, economic or other humanities subject. It may be photographed in actual occurrence or may employ partial reenactment, stock footage, stills, animation, stop-motion or other techniques, must be fact-based (as opposed to fiction) and be no longer than 40 minutes (including credits).

To Apply

Applications are currently being accepted until May 15, 2020, 11:59pm ET; awardees are tentatively announced in early June. Download the Request for Proposal for grant details and then go to the Grant Application Portal to apply.

Applicants may request up to $35,000 depending on the scope of their projects. Projects should be conducted between July 8, 2020 and July 8, 2021. Applications must identify a scholar and how s/he will advise the project through the grant cycle. Each funded project will result in a lasting digital final product that will be added to HumanitiesDC Digital Museum.

Sample of Past Grant Activities



For questions, contact Andrea Carroll McNeil at amcneil@wdchumanities.org.