The Climate Story Fund is now open.
The Climate Story Fund prioritizes climate stories centering the most affected, the unengaged and the underrepresented, and puts them at the center of the story. The Fund also prioritizes storytellers working in and from those communities, sharing narratives that resonate deeply with new and unengaged audiences, bringing them into critical conversations around climate justice.
The selection process will be guided by such principles. In addition, it will give preference to projects that embody inclusion and diversity across team and subject matter, and exercise responsible practices when engaging story participants and communities.
We are looking for creative nonfiction projects including long form, shorts or episodic documentaries as well as podcasts and radio documentaries, that can complete production in 2023 with support from the Climate Story Fund. The Fund also supports completed creative nonfiction and fiction projects of any medium looking to pilot an impact campaign in 2023 to engage audiences who are not typically included in the climate conversation.
Storytelling as a creative practice is at the heart of this fund and while no previous experience with impact campaigns is required, we need you to be open and willing to embrace this way of working! Each grantee will be invited to participate in an Impact Lab where storytellers will collaborate closely with practitioners, ranging from climate scientists to impact producers to movement builders, to ensure they are building upon existing expertise and advocacy efforts to engage their intended audiences.
If you are selected for funding and you decide to join the cohort, Doc Society will come on board as collaborators, partners and your biggest champion. We see our role as “friend of the artist” and the team here being at your service throughout production and right through to launch. We have one of the best curatorial benches in the business and will offer first class editorial feedback. You can also draw on support from our business affairs and legal team if needed. We have expertise in safety and security if it is relevant. When the project is finished, we also have long term relationships with festivals, distributors and commissioners to help ensure the stories are seen by key audiences. All of this support is included as part of our investment.
The Climate Story Fund is one-of-a-kind in the media ecosystem not only because of comprehensive support through production but also a total commitment to helping you launch an impact campaign alongside the release of your project.
You do not have to be an impact expert to become a grantee but we do need you to be open and engaged with the possibility of the change your project can help ignite in society. Starting in the Impact Lab we will support you through the development of an impact strategy which leads naturally from your project and complements opportunities in mainstream distribution and the priorities within the climate movement. We will provide advisory sessions with climate strategists who can provide insights and intelligence on the issue area and target audiences. We will help you identify regional Impact Producers who can support implementation of the campaign. Finally we will also provide consulting sessions with experts to help develop frameworks and tools to track impact and learnings. In short, we are serious about not only supporting creative excellence but strategic impact. If you are up for that journey, come join us.
1 December 2022 Call for applications opens
11 January 2023 Climate Story Fund Q&A Webinar for interested applicants
1 February 2023 Call for applications closes at 11:59 PM PST
27-31 March 2023 Shortlisted applicants will be contacted to supply rough cuts (if ready) and extended materials
17-21 April 2023 Zoom interviews for shortlisted applicants
8-12 May 2023 Selected grantees will be notified
22-26 May 2023 Unsuccessful candidates will be notified
5-9 June 2023 Virtual Impact Lab week for all new grantees
We can support:
Projects from all over the world, these can be localised stories serving local communities, or projects suited to a global audience
Projects from both new and established artists
Creative nonfiction projects, including long form, shorts or episodic documentaries as well as podcasts and radio documentaries in production
Completed creative nonfiction and fiction projects of any medium looking to pilot an impact campaign
We cannot support:
Stories looking for development funding or in the pre-production stage
Fiction stories looking for production funding
Applications must be submitted online via the Doc Society applications portal here
All projects must be climate themed with an intention to implement an impact campaign. We don’t need you to be an impact expert but open to the idea
To qualify for production funding, projects must complete production in 2023
To qualify for impact funding, projects must pilot an impact campaign in 2023
As part of our grant making for this fund, we require all grantees to attend an Impact Lab to connect with impact producers and climate experts, to help develop impact strategies and to craft impact campaigns that are built upon existing expertise and advocacy efforts to engage their intended audiences. Project teams must be able to attend our virtual Impact Lab during the week of 5-9 June 2023
To bear in mind:
We are happy to receive applications from Producers, Directors, lead creatives or Impact Producers on the project
If you would like to work on the application questions offline, you can download a preview of the application
The Climate Story Fund application form is part of the Non-Fiction Core Application Project, an initiative by international documentary funders to reduce the burden on storytellers/artists/filmmakers by providing the same application form across funders. Guidance can be found at https://www.documentary.org/core-application
This application is available in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese. If you wish to submit your application in another language, please email firstname.lastname@example.org by January 16, 2023. We will let you know if we can accommodate your request
Doc Society has created the Impact Field Guide as a useful resource for building impact campaigns. We encourage you to check it out. Other resources to consider are Doc Society’s Green Protocol, the COVID-19 protocol and the Safe and Secure protocol
Our production grant funding is recoupable on a pro-rata pari passu basis. This means that where our funding is recouped, it is to be recycled to go directly toward the project's impact campaign. This does not apply to impact campaign funding which is non-recoupable