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Please review the guidelines and FAQs before applying. If you have additional questions you can reach out to info@catapultfilmfund.org or leave a voicemail at 415-738-8553 and we will return your call.

What we are looking for

  • Filmmakers with a connection to the story
  • Timeliness of the story and contemporary relevance
  • Uniqueness and creativity of the cinematic approach
  • Clarity and specificity of how the grant will be used


  • The Catapult Research Grant is open to US-based filmmakers only. The filmmaker must be based in the United States, Puerto Rico, or other U.S. territories.
  • The film must be in early research or development. We do not accept films in production or post-production.
  • Catapult accepts applicants who can arrange to have a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor.
  • Catapult may contact the applicant with questions about the proposal.


  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. Catapult does not fund student films.
  • The project can be either a long-form/feature-length documentary or a short documentary; we do not accept series or fiction projects of any kind.
  • Animation is okay. Documentary/narrative hybrids will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Research funds should be used for developing new nonfiction film ideas. Appropriate uses include: research, writing, travel, crew, identifying and gaining access to protagonists, and any preliminary production costs associated with shaping the artistic vision or capturing early footage.
  • Catapult only makes grants to 501(c)(3) organizations. In most cases, this will mean getting a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor for the project. A filmmaker may submit an application without a fiscal sponsor in place. Please see the FAQ section for more details.
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