So many grants …So little time.
While there are many grants that could be a potential match for your film project, you should always start small – or local. You need to build up interest in your project where you work.
What about a local community foundation? In Tampa/St. Petersburg, we have the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay.
If you locate a private foundation that you think might be a good match for your project, go to their web page and see if their year-end report is on line. Look to see if they include a listing of recently-funded grants. If they have already funded projects like yours, it could be a good match.
National arts and humanities grants are highly competitive. But the NEA is always looking for fresh approaches – remember they have mandates to fund all fifty states. While the National Endowment for the Humanities is a gargantuan grant application (80-130 pages), the NEA application is not as mammoth a task.
Get in touch with a grants manager at the NEA or the NEH. Ask them to give you a successful application so you will know what is expected of yours.
One way to elevate a project is to attach others to the project who have the skills you lack. Attach people who are more accomplished, more known. Your project then becomes a collaboration. Enlist them as consultants and get letters of support to back up your project.
Budgets are complicated. Every organization has their own particular way to do a budget, particular line items they require. Be realistic that you can do the project with the funds you are requesting.