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15 Sept

California Humanities – California Documentary Project NextGen

  Grant Amount: $15,000


California Humanities will begin accepting applications to the CDP NextGeN program on August 1.
These grants are designed for youth media organizations in support of emerging California mediamakers age 18 and under. Presented in alignment with CA 2020: Youth Perspective and the Future of California, this new statewide initiative focuses on the lives and experiences of young Californians.
CDP NextGen invites applications from California-based nonprofit organizations and public agencies with established track records in youth media programming to provide training and support to emerging mediamakers in the creation of short, insightful nonfiction films and/or podcasts that tell original stories about life in California today.
All CDP NextGen projects should:
  • Provide training and support to emerging mediamakers age 18 and under in the development and production of short nonfiction films and/or podcasts from concept to final edit
  • Focus on subjects and issues chosen by participants as relevant and meaningful to their own lives and communities
  • Involve an experienced mediamaker or media instructor as the project lead
  • Actively involve at least one humanities advisor as an integral member of the project team
  • Approach subject matter from a perspective informed by the humanities
  • Hold a public community presentation of the produced projects designed to engage audiences in dialogue and discussion. Virtual and socially distanced events are eligible and currently encouraged in accordance with CDC and state guidelines.
  • Seek additional exhibition and distribution opportunities where available


Only California-based non-profit organizations with tax-exempt status or state/municipal public agencies such as arts councils, schools, universities, tribal governments, or libraries may apply for the CDP NextGen grant. Individuals and organizations lacking tax exempt status may not apply directly for funding but can apply under the auspices of a fiscal sponsor. Eligible applicant organizations and project directors must:

Be in good standing with California Humanities (e.g., without unfulfilled reporting requirements), if a previous grant recipient.
Not have an open grant or application under consideration or submit more than one application per California Humanities deadline, unless acting as a California Humanities-approved, multi-application fiscal sponsor or a college, university, public library system, or arts council.


  • Education / Job Training
  • Other / Miscellaneous