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Vision Maker Media’s Public Media Fund

Organisation: Vision Maker Media

Status: Open

  • Grant
  • Media Innovation

Funding Size: $5,000 - $150,000

Deadline: 01/06/2024

  • Eligibility Criteria
    – Independent and Public Television producers, film and digital makers;
    – Applicants must hold artistic, budgetary and editorial control and own the copyright of the proposed program;
    – Applicant’s submitted work must be cleared for broadcast, digital and streaming rights for a minimum of 4 years;
    – Applicant must be able to provide a marketing plan that shows an effective community outreach plan. The plan should be engagement through distribution ideas, social media and the creation of a website;
    – Applicants must be 21 years of age and a U.S. citizen;
    – Applicants must be able to show significant Native American involvement on their program, whether Above the Line, Below the Line or both;
    – Eligible programs should meet Vision Maker Media’s mission to empower and engage Native people to share their stories;
  • Type of Funding: Programmatic
  • Target Region: United States
  • Application Language: English

The Vision Maker Media is seeking public media film and television programs that are intended and appropriate for Public Media Television Broadcasting, including Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) digital and streaming platforms, that represent the cultures, experiences, and perspectives of Native Americans and Alaska Natives.


You may submit more than one broadcast film or television program per production category of the Vision maker media’s public media fund listed below.

Research and Development: $5,000 – $25,000

Requests for funding under this category should be a proposal to fully develop a documentary, animation, or episodic program, which includes storylines, engaging characters, production talent, timeline, budget, a tangible community outreach plan for a broad audience reach, and a script for fictional episodic programs.

Production: Up To $150,000

Requests for funding under this category should be a proposal to film, record, and produce programs to complete principle photography (including all production activities, hiring of crew, talent and clearance of rights for public media use); development of a website for the program; and post-production (including editing and completion). For episodic programming a minimum of (4) episodes are expected to be produced under this funding. Programs must have a final broadcast run time of 26:46, 56:46, or 86:46.

Post-Production: Up To $30,000

Requests for funding under this category should be a proposal to bring programs to their completion where principal photography has already been achieved.

Eligible activities include: post-production (including editing and completion); clearance of rights required for public media use; and development of a website for the program.

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