NEA Documentary Sustainability Project Solicitation

Program Summary 

The purpose of this program solicitation is to select an organization (Cooperator) to administer the Documentary Sustainability Project, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) aimed at strengthening the documentary filmmaking field through knowledge exchange, cross-sector collaboration, and research. The Cooperator selected as a result of this program solicitation will:

  • Assemble a steering committee and a research working group to identify action items, strengthen cross-sector collaborations, and advise on the dissemination of field research;
  • Provide a central liaison to the documentary filmmaking field;
  • Develop and support activities to engage cross-sector stakeholders, including the public; and
  • Create a centralized online resource of research and related materials of importance to the field.


CU Internal Deadline: 11:59pm MST July 17, 2018

Sponsor Application Deadline: 9:59pm MST August 14, 2018

Internal Application Requirements (all in PDF format)

  • Project Narrative (up to 2 pages): Please provide a project description, including information on the following: expertise and experience that qualify you for this project, plans to develop and administer the project, and a rough project schedule.
  • Project Team (up to 1 page): Please list key personnel and partners to be involved in the project.
  • Budget Overview (up to 1 page): A basic budget outlining project costs is sufficient; detailed OCG budgets are not required. Please include information about the required cost share.

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Applicant organizations may apply to other NEA funding opportunities, including Art Works, in addition to this program solicitation. In each case, the request must be for a distinctly different project.

Limited Submission Guidelines

An organization may submit only one proposal under this program solicitation.

Award Information and Duration

Award Amount: $100,000

Number of Awards: 1

Award Term: Up to 12 months

This Cooperative Agreement requires a nonfederal cost share of at least 50% of the Cooperative Agreement amount.