Twenty Development Grants Of $25,000 USD To Documentary Filmmakers

Olaf de Fleur
2 min readJan 11, 2023

Launched in 2010, the Catapult Development Fund provides early-stage support to documentary filmmakers when funding is hardest to find. Catapult conducts an open call for applications twice a year, with decisions announced in the early spring and late fall.

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Check the guidelines for eligibility.

Selection Criteria

  • Artful, compelling storytelling that moves you, with a preference for character-driven narratives over lesson or agenda-heavy projects
  • Originality of approach, content, and form
  • Creative and innovative storytelling techniques
  • Contemporary relevance with a unique perspective, style, and/or tone
  • Project feasibility with respect to budget, financing, schedule, and scope
  • Demonstrated ability of the creative team to implement previous projects
  • Credible access and rapport with the proposed subject(s) of the story, with attention to accountability and ethics
  • Significant impact of Catapult grant on development stage of the project
  • Potential of the project to generate public discourse and social engagement


  • Grant awards range from $5000 to $25,000. If selected, grantees must have a U.S.-based 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor to officially accept the award.
  • Once accepted, Catapult will provide a letter of agreement that clearly outlines use of funds, reporting, and deliverables. Report deadlines are determined by the grantee, based on project goals and timeline.
  • Grantees must submit two financial reports during the course of the grant period: an interim report, which will accompany a narrative report; and a final financial report to be submitted once the grant is complete.
  • Upon completion of the award period, grantees must submit the proposed fundraising piece. Grantees agree to return any funds not used for the purpose of the grant.
  • Grantees will be expected to acknowledge Catapult support with text and/or logo recognition in film credits, publicity, and promotional materials, as well as tickets to the film’s premiere.
  • Beyond the grant, Catapult serves as an early and engaged champion for our grantees by providing editorial feedback, industry connections, and mentorship based on project needs.



Olaf de Fleur

Creative unlocker. At your disposal. I direct and write films. Two-decade experience. Fifteen films. Sold high concepts. Corporate consultant.