MacArthur funds the production of documentary films and participatory web-based documentaries that combine exceptional storytelling with in-depth journalism. We look for projects that challenge preconceptions and examine underreported social issues. These documentaries are intended to reach a large U.S. broadcast audience and, often, a targeted audience of educators, community leaders, advocates, and policymakers. We look for projects that have the potential to spark dialogue, create understanding, and contribute to social and policy change.
MacArthur accepts applications for documentary production funding once a year through the Documentary Fund.
The 2015 MacArthur Foundation Documentary Fund will be accepting proposals from April 1 – September 1, 2015.