RV Newsletter: Funding opportunities for journalism and documentary projects

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Hello readers, how are you doing?

So here we are, near the end of the year, a time many of us tend to start reflecting on the year soon to be past and making plans for the year to come. While you are at it, we’d like to remind all journalists, photographers, and documentary filmmakers to check out two grants as offer by the Pulitzer Center that are open all year round — the Global Reporting Grants and the grants with a special focus on underreported stories in Sub-Saharan Africa — along with a plethora of other funding opportunities by the same organization with various timelines.

We wish everyone a great new year ahead!


Interested in learning first hand about how the internet and technology play a role in the promotion and revitalization of Indigenous, minority, endangered, or under-resourced languages? Rising Voices and partners are now bringing to you a new round of our rotating Twitter campaigns for 2023, featuring language digital activists around the world each week. Come follow us and hear what they have to share!

@ActLenguas (Latin America)

  • Estrella Hernández Pérez [es]: a Tsotsil speaker from Mexico, who is proud of her language and dedicated to safekeeping her roots by involving youngsters in storytelling via digital tools
  • Emma Vadillo [es]: a linguistic activist, who speaks Southern Quechua and stresses that fighting discrimination is as important (as revitalization efforts) in ensuring the vitality of a language


Are you a producer from these European countries seeking to work with filmmakers based in these countries on a documentary project? The IDFA Bertha Fund wants to support you in doing so via its Europe Minority Co-production funding scheme. Further application details can be found here. Application due: January 15, 2024

Meanwhile, the Sandbox Fund — offered jointly by the Sundance Institute and Sandbox Films — is now ready to take applications for its Winter Cycle. If you have a story to tell about “the intrinsic link between science and culture,” it might be worth your while to take a look here for further details. Application open: December 11, 2023–February 5, 2024


For filmmakers between the age of 18–25: The 2024 Sundance Ignite x Adobe Fellowship is taking applications now! If you are serious about filmmaking as a career and feel that you can benefit from a year-long fellowship that comes with mentorship and other resources, this might be an opportunity you should consider for yourself (details here). Application due: February 7, 2024 at 11am (PST)


Are you a software developer — or know one — who’s contributing to social change by making their work open source and available to nonprofit and advocacy groups? The Pizzigati Prize for Software in the Public Interest wants to celebrate those who share the same spirit as the late Antonio “Tony” Pizzigati in making the world a better place! Prize details can be found here. Application due: January 24, 2024


While COP28, the climate summit, is taking place in Dubai, the Thomson Foundation would like to remind those who are interested in environmental journalism “why local matters.” For further information on these free online courses, please see here.



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Thanks to Eddie Avila and Ameya Nagarajan for contributions to this newsletter.

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