Grants & Awards

Grant Priorities & Guidelines


Cinereach supports feature-length nonfiction and fiction films that are at the intersection of engaging storytelling, visual artistry, and vital subject matter.

Grant amounts can range from $5,000 – $50,000 per project and can be awarded to support any stage of production, including development, production and post-production. Within each cycle, between five and fifteen projects are typically selected to receive support.

Funding Priorities

Through cinematic artistry and storytelling, Cinereach-supported films:

• Favor story over message, character over agenda, and complexity over duality

• Explore emergent topics, themes or ideas

• Possess an independent spirit

• Depict underrepresented perspectives

• Resonate across international boundaries

• Spark dialogue

• Challenge preconception and bias

• Champion humanity and hope


In addition to making grants, Cinereach seeks to form lasting and meaningful relationships with the talented, dedicated, and creative people we support. We invite a continuing dialogue, maintain an open-door policy, and help to rally a community in which our grantee films and filmmakers can flourish.

Eligibility Restrictions

Cinereach is not currently accepting applications that seek funding for:

• Distribution, outreach or engagement activities

• Transmedia or web-based storytelling

• Films under 70 minutes in length

• Organizational support or multi-year grants

Cinereach does not grant to capital or endowment campaigns or provide individual scholarships for study or travel.

For answers to common eligibility questions, please visit our FAQ page.

Review Process

Cinereach’s Letter of Inquiry process allows us to review a large number and variety of applications submitted through an open call. This enables us to determine whether projects are closely aligned with our granting priorities and guidelines. After reviewing all submitted LOIs, Cinereach invites a selection of applicants to submit a Full Proposal with more project information and materials. After reviewing all Full Proposals, Cinereach’s Grants Committee meets to make final selections and assign award amounts.


Unfortunately, due to the large volume of submissions we receive, Cinereach is unable to provide individualized feedback to applicants.

Grantee Expectations

If a project is selected to receive a grant, an award letter will be issued detailing specific expectations. In brief, the grantee will be required to submit interim and final reports explaining how the funds were used and describing progress made. The grantee also agrees to credit Cinereach’s support and provide completed project materials, as outlined in the grant agreement.

Charitable Status

In order to receive support from Cinereach, a prospective grantee must either be tax-exempt under United States Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3) or be fiscally sponsored by a certified US-based 501(c)(3) organization. Projects do not need to have 501(c)(3) status or sponsor in place in order to apply for Cinereach’s support- it is only when a project is awarded funding that this requirement is addressed.  Please visit the Resources page for more information about fiscal sponsorship for filmmakers.

Conflicts of Interest Statement

Cinereach does not make grants to projects in which a Cinereach Board or staff member, or a family member of a Cinereach Board or staff member, has a direct or indirect financial interest resulting from current or potential financial investment or support, salary income, or the providing of goods or services.

Discrimination Policy

Cinereach does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, or national origin.