Grants

TVF is committed to diversity and equality and we aim to support a variety of people through our grants

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An overview of The Visibility Fund

The Visibility Fund (TVF) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that aims to promote positive representation of underrepresented communities in media, especially LGBTQ women, through providing grants to filmmakers and media creators who are creating content for TV, online media or film distribution. Funds are available for narrative, documentary, experimental, and new media projects in various stages of production.

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Goals & Objectives

  • to empower the next generation of storytellers
  • to share unique perspectives and stories
  • to support independent voices
  • to promote diverse communities and cultures

TVF is committed to diversity and equality

TVF provides equal consideration for all qualified candidates. TVF does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, veteran status, disability, genetic information, military service, or other protected status.

Our Guidelines

Proposed projects should address one of the following themes:

  • Women’s voices
  • Youth voices
  • LGBTQ themes
  • Identity

Proposed projects should meet the following requirements: 

  • 100% of funds dedicated to the film project (not to salaries or large equipment purchases)
  • scheduled for completion within 365 days of application deadline
  • subtitled in English

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants should be 18+ years old.
  • Applicants should be able to provide samples of their work.
  • Applications and supporting materials must be produced in English.
    NOTE: Completed films may be in any language.
  • At least one of the key team members (writer, director, or producer) must be a US citizen.

Types of Grants

Writing

This grant is intended to support a writer who is currently writing or aspires to write for film. The grant will be awarded based on a sample of writing for a feature or short film, web series or television pilot. There are no requirements for the use of the grant.

Production

This grant can be used for projects that need assistance for the production of the project that is submitted.

Post-production

This grant can be used for any aspect of post production: editing, color correction, audio editing or exporting the project for projection.

Grants are available for all of the following types of projects:

Short Film Projects (maximum 30 minutes)

  • Narrative
  • Documentary
  • Animation
  • Experimental

Feature Film Projects (80+ minutes)

  • Narrative
  • Documentary

Funding & Support

Grants are available in the following amounts (Tiered):

Writing

$100, $250 or $500

Production

$1000,  $1500 or $2000

Post-production

$2500, $3000 or $5000

How to Apply

1. Prepare all supporting materials
2. Submit an online application

A timeline of how we process and award TVF grants:

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Upon successful submission of 1. the online application and 2. all supporting materials, the candidate’s application will then be forwarded to the relevant committee for initial review.

Grants will be awarded annually.

How to apply:

TVF encourages both novice and experienced filmmakers to apply for grant funding. The application process is designed to showcase each respective project’s alignment with TVF’s mission as well as to outline the filmmaker’s goals, implementation strategy, outcomes, and expected impact.

All applicants complete an online application and submit a variety of supporting materials including a video essay. The video essay is an opportunity for applicants to introduce themselves, describe the project, and explain how it will be successfully completed.

General Supporting Materials (required for all applicants):

  1. Submit an updated CV/resume
  2. Submit a link to work samples, previous projects, or a portfolio
  3. Submit a 2-3 minute video essay outlining your background, goals and which grant you are applying for. The video essay must include you speaking to the camera directly but may also also be used to showcase your other creative skills. It may be filmed on any camera (e.g. DSLR, phone camera)
  4. Submit short-answer essays responding to the following questions:
    1. How does your project align with the goals of TVF?
    2. Why does this specific story need to be told and why are you the best person to tell it?

Grant-Specific Supporting Materials 

(Submit those that relate to the grant you are applying for)

Writing Grant Supporting Materials:

  • Writing sample: 10 consecutive pages of any screenplay that you have written.
    NOTE: The writing sample must be your own original work and not a derivative of any other person’s work.

Production Grant Supporting Material:

  • Detailed project budget
  • List of creative team
  • Completed script
  • Crowdfunding page (if applicable)
  • Video sample of directors previous work (short, web series or feature)
  • List of any other grants already awarded to project
  • Description of how the funds will be used

Post-Production Grant Supporting Material:

  • Production budget & expected Post-Production budget
  • List of creative team
  • Shooting script
  • Crowdfunding page (if applicable)
  • Scene from work-in-progress (2-5mins)
  • List of any other grants already awarded to project
  • Description of how the funds will be used

Application Deadlines

Grant Applications open:

April 5, 2019

Grant applications close:

July 31, 2019

2019 Grant winners announced:

October 1, 2019

Information and Frequently Asked Questions about your donations

How will my donation be used?

Any money donated to The Visibility Fund will be used to give grants to filmmakers and media creators who are creating content for TV, online media or film distribution. We also aim to support creators through offering networking and educational opportunities.

Is my donation tax-deductible?

Yes! We are a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization and your donation is tax-deductible within the guidelines of U.S.
law.

We are a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization and your donation is tax-deductible within the guidelines of U.S. law.

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