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Media Fund - Production and Post-Production Grants

Pacific Islanders in Communications (PIC)

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #172788

Grant Description

Grants of up to $65,000 to USA and territories independent producers and production companies to fund the production and post-production of non-fiction programs related to indigenous Pacific Islanders. Projects must be intended for broadcast on national public television. PIC defines Pacific Islanders as the descendants of the indigenous peoples of Hawai‘i, Guam, American Samoa, the Northern Marianas, and other Pacific Islands of Micronesia, Melanesia, and Polynesia.

The Media Fund is PIC's longest standing funding initiative, which provides funds for single non-fiction projects of half an hour or an hour in length about the indigenous Pacific Islander experience for two critical phases of production: Production and Post-production. Projects applying to the Media Fund must be intended for national public television broadcast, and therefore must be able to enter into a production agreement. 

PIC is looking for single nonfiction projects of half an hour or an hour in length that are engaging and artistically innovative on subject matter that covers issues important to indigenous Pacific Islanders with the intention of social change to encourage a more informed, equitable and inclusive society.

PIC is especially interested in projects that address the following topics.

  • Social issues (e.g. physical and mental health, immigration, housing, education, food security, civil rights, race relations, etc.).
  • Economic issues.
  • Environment and sustainability. 
  • Community portraits (e.g. LGBTQIA+, rural, families, immigration, underserved and underrepresented, etc.). 
  • Travel, lifestyle, personal stories, identity, sports, etc. 
  • Impact and solutions to COVID-19.

 Additionally, PIC looks for:

  • Stories that are untold, little known, have an innovative approach and/or fresh perspectives of the indigenous Pacific Islander experience.
  • Fully realized stories with completed treatments that are engaging, compelling and fitting for public television.
  • Projects that adhere to PBS Funding and Editorial Standards and Practices.
  • Projects that are timely and relevant to Pacific Islander communities with universal themes that have a strong potential to appeal to a wide and diverse audience.
  • Experienced creative and production teams that can complete the project within budget and on schedule.
  • Projects that provoke thoughtful dialogue about the subject matter and include a robust outreach, engagement and social impact plan with the intention of social change to encourage a more informed, equitable and inclusive society.
  • Projects in which Pacific Islanders hold key creative and production positions.
  • Strong training plans that strive to provide meaningful training and mentorship for emerging indigenous Pacific Islander media makers.
Production Funding:
  • Projects that qualify for Production funding are ones that have already completed the research and development phase and are ready to conduct or continue principal photography. Funded activities should include principal photography, enough post-production to get the project to a rough cut, and other activities related to production.

Post-Production Funding:

  • Projects that qualify for Post-production funding are ones that have already completed the research and development and production phases and are ready to conduct or continue post-production work.

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  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

You are eligible to apply if you are:
- An independent producer who holds artistic, budgetary, and editorial control and owns the copyright to the proposed project.
- A citizen or legal resident of the United States or its territories. If you are not a U.S. citizen or legal resident, you can still apply, but you will be required to have a fiscal sponsor if awarded PIC funding.
- A producer who has previous film or television experience in a key creative role (director, co-director, producer, co-producer or writer) with at least one completed full length documentary of your own.

Please note that you can only apply with one project to the Media Fund. If you have more than one project, PIC suggests applying with the one that you consider the strongest.

Additionally, PIC only accepts applications to one funding initiative at a time. If you currently have an application under consideration for another PIC funding initiative, your Media Fund application won't be considered.

You are not eligible if you are:
- Applying with a thesis project or student film.
- Employed as a producer, director or writer by a broadcast entity, film studio or educational institution.
- A producer or production entity that is foreign-based, owned, or controlled unless you are working with a U.S. fiscal sponsor.
- Applying with an industrial, commercial or promotional project.
- Current signatories of a PIC-funded project. You may not enter into a new PIC contract until final delivery on your previous project is approved.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications for Media Fund will be accepted starting on Monday, November 7, 2022.

The application deadline is Friday, December 16, 2022 by 5:00 PM HST.

Funding Requirement:
- If you are awarded Production funds, you must have at least 50% of your total budget raised by the time you sign the contract in order to receive funding.
- If you are awarded Post-production funds, you must have at least 80% of your total budget raised by the time you sign the contract in order to receive funding.


How to Apply:

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

PIC now provides up to $65,000 in Production funding for single programs of standard broadcast length.

PIC now provides up to $65,000 in Post-production funding for single programs of standard broadcast length.

Contact Information:

Apply online:

For questions contact Kainoa Rudolfo (, (808) 591-0059, ext. 140.

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