Documentary Film Program
Thanks for your interest in applying for a grant from the Compton Foundation!
We do not accept unsolicited proposals; however, we would love to learn about your work, so we do have an open inquiry process.
Compton’s grant portfolio is small and contains a number of long-term grantee relationships, so there is limited room to fund new organizations and projects, no matter how deserving. With that in mind, and the understanding that fundraising requires a significant time commitment, we aim to make our inquiry process as efficient as possible.
Here’s how to apply:
2. Submit an inquiry in our online form.
If you believe your organization or project is a match with our grant guidelines, use the following link to submit an inquiry and tell us about your work in our online form. The inquiry has space for you to briefly answer two questions: What do you want to do? Why?
If your work is not a good fit, your inquiry will be declined. We aim to evaluate inquiries on a consistent rolling basis, but we do occasionally get overwhelmed. If your inquiry is time sensitive, please feel free to get in touch by email or phone and let us know.
3. Submit a full grant proposal if invited.
If your work is a good fit for Compton’s portfolio and we are able to consider a grant, we will invite a full proposal. We will email you the invitation with a link to our online application. If you have been invited to submit a proposal, you can also use this link to access your application grantee and applicant login.
Here’s what you should expect in terms of timing:
We do five or six grant dockets of 10-15 grants each per year. We do a docket approximately every two months of the year, starting with applications due in January for grants in February.
We regularly review inquiries to see whether or not one might be a match for our guidelines and, if so, where it might fit in one of those dockets. Our goal is to be able to respond quickly, but also to build grant dockets that make sense together and balance across our issue and approach priorities.
If we invite a proposal, we will try to give you about four weeks to submit an application. We try to only invite a proposal if we think there is a good chance your work will be a match for our board’s priorities. It usually takes us about four weeks from your application deadline to let you know whether or not we will be able to make a grant, and we can send a check within a few days (once we’ve received your signed grant agreement).
Thanks! We are excited to learn about your work.
Documentary Film Program