Fundraising for documentary films is never easy. One source filmmakers often overlook are local and statewide funders and arts councils in particular. For our colleagues in North Carolina, here’s a great opportunity.

The North Carolina Arts Council offers grants of $10,000 to NC film/video artists through its fellowship program to support the creative development of North Carolina artists and to generate the creation of new work. If you receive a fellowship you may use the grant to:

  • Set aside time to work
  • Pursue projects that further artistic development and support the realization of specific creative ideas
  • Buy supplies and equipment

You may also use a fellowship for expenses related to the activities listed above. These may include costs related to studio construction or improvements. You may not use a fellowship to support academic research or formal study toward an academic or professional degree.

The upcoming deadline for the fellowship is November 2, 2009. Please visit to read the guidelines and link to the online application.

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