The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences funds the Institutional Grants Program to assist in fostering educational activities between the public and the film industry while encouraging the appreciation of motion pictures as both an art form and a vocation.
Academy Institutional Grants are awarded only to nonprofit film organizations and to film programs within schools, colleges, universities, and other institutions and nonprofit organizations. Grants are not awarded to individuals or to for-profit companies or organizations.
Eligible programs include but are not limited to craft workshops and conferences in which college students and/or adults are trained in one or more of the various craft fields of film production (directing, cinematography, screenwriting, editing, etc.); internship programs in which college students are placed in professional environments outside of their schools, either on film productions or in film-related offices; library and archival projects in which the papers of filmmakers are preserved and/or made available to the public; screening programs, especially those in which filmmakers interact with audiences; seminar programs, in which film professionals discuss their work and/or particular aspects of the creation and distribution of films; teacher training programs, in which production techniques and/or film appreciation information is presented for teachers to take back to their classrooms; training/bridge programs, in which college students and/or adults are trained for and then placed in film industry jobs (this includes mentoring programs); and visiting artist programs, especially those in which a filmmaker spends several days in residence at a college, university or media center.
Grants are not awarded to cover the expenses of producing a film or to film festivals. (The academy has a separate festival grants program.)
Visit the academy Web site for complete program guidelines and application.