Environmental Media Fund has ceased operations and is no longer accepting applications for assistance.

It has been our privilege to serve the film making community for the past 12 years.

A full application for assistance for a media project should include the following:

Application Cover Sheet: The cover sheet must be signed by the authorizing individual or official of the applicant organization unless submitted via email. The cover sheet should include the name, address, phone numbers, fax numbers and e-mail addresses of the applicant(s), the name of the proposed project, and the submission date.

Narrative: The narrative should contain the following:
  • The nature of the request: Briefly summarize the subject and the format or nature of the proposed project (e.g. film, television programming, video piece, digital media, special event, etc.).
  • Overview of the project:

    1. Describe the subject matter, including the principal figures, events or developments to be examined;
    2. State the goals and objectives of the project;
    3. Explain the larger environmental issues or questions with which the project will be concerned;
    4. Briefly discuss any research completed so far, including any relevant commentary by experts or reference materials.
  • Concept of the Project: Discuss the format, storyline, structure and concept of the program / special event, as well as how the narrative elements, the intellectual issues, and the creative approach will effectively communicate the project’s subject matter. Explain the demonstrated need for the proposed project. Discuss the educational purpose or significance of the subject to the public or target audience, and the general public benefits derived from it.
  • Treatment: If applicable, submit a treatment (or first draft script if available). If production is requested for a series, brief treatments should be included for all the programs.
  • Outcomes and Outreach: Describe the overall projected outcomes and outreach campaign planned for this project. Include projections on the audience the program is likely to attract and the goals for broadcasting / distributing the program (domestic and foreign) or materials in all venues, including but not limited to theatrical, semi-theatrical, television, Internet, DVD sales, film festivals, community outreach, educational markets (schools, colleges and universities), NGOs, public and private institutions and government agencies. Include all information on outreach partners or collaborations, planned marketing and publicity, and any existing distribution agreements in place. 
  • Plan of Work and Project Timeline:  Outline the plan for undertaking the proposed project. Summarize the necessary tasks and activities, such as travel, meetings, interviews, research, etc., required during Pre-Production, Production and Post Production. Provide a proposed Timeline and Cash flow Analysis for the project from beginning to end.

Budget: Include a complete production budget breakdown for the project, including notes or narratives explaining each projected expense.

  • Expenses should include all fees, salaries, costs of contracted services, travel and per diem expenses, location costs, equipment and other rental costs, materials and supplies, fees and honoraria for consultants, long-distance telephone charges, secretarial, accounting, legal, insurance, taxes, fringe benefits, research and writing, and all other appropriate expenses incurred as part of the production process. Contributions or donations of goods and services that have monetary value should also be noted.

Supplementary Information:

  • Applicant Information: Provide Bios or a description of the background and qualifications of the applicant and, if different, the production organization. If the applicant is an organization, this should consist of a brief profile, including its mission, origin, size, special characteristics, current activities, and financial statement. 
  • Production Team: List the principal members of the production team, to the extent that they have been recruited. Summarize their experience and qualifications for the project as well as the role they will play. Attach resumes as needed. Include names of members of any Advisory Board and/or, in the case of a corporate applicant, the Board of Directors as applicable.
  • Other Issues: Note any relevant legal, copyright, or tax issues involved in your project.

Application Copies: Submit one copy of the completed grant proposal.

General Notices: EMF supports pluralism and equal opportunity in its assistance, grant making and in internal policies. The opportunities that prospective grantees provide for minorities and under-served communities are considered in evaluating proposals. Activities supported must be charitable, educational or scientific, as defined under the appropriate provisions of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code and Treasury Regulations, and must be related to environmental, health and social justice issues.

The Fund will monitor projects through direct supervision and regular financial and narrative reports required to be submitted by the grantee. In some instances, the Fund may require the grantee to match the Fund’s grant with funds from other sources.

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