OHOP Grant Request for Proposals



About Hispanic Access Foundation

Hispanic Access Foundation is a national 501(c)(3) organization that connects Latinos with partners and opportunities improving lives and creating an equitable society. Our vision is that all Hispanics throughout the U.S. enjoy good physical health, a healthy natural environment, a quality education, economic success and civic engagement in their communities with the sum of improving the future ofAmerica.

Introduction to Our Heritage, Our Planet Film Week

In October 2021, Hispanic Access Foundation debuted Our Heritage, Our Planet/Nuestra Herencia, Nuestro Planeta Film Week, to uplift the nexus between Latino, Black, Indigenous and other communities of color and environmental topics through the storytelling medium of film. Over the last 2 years, we’ve had over 1,600 films submitted, 80 films chosen to be showcased, 10 award winning film selections, and nearly 1,000 registrants. The event also included performances and discussions with filmmakers, decision-makers, and community members on a variety of conservation topics.

For the 3rd year in a row, Our Heritage, Our Planet Film Week is building a space where creatives, filmmakers, climate justice advocates, and others working on environmental topics can come, showcase, and celebrate, the stories of Latino, Black, Indigenous and other people of color in connection to Our Heritage and Our Planet - the lands, nature, waterways, and oceans we all call home.
This year, Our Heritage, Our Planet FilmWeek will take place October 10-15, 2023, closing out Hispanic Heritage Month, following Indigenous People’s Day. The themes of the FilmWeek are Lands & Nature, Climate Crisis, Environmental Justice, and Ocean & Waterways. Submissions to the FilmWeek will open on May 1, 2023, on filmfreeway.com.

 

Request for Applications for Film Week Mini-Grants

In spring 2023, Hispanic Access Foundation will be awarding mini-grants to BIPOC filmmakers for film projects that will be completed in 2023 and screened during Our Heritage, Our Planet FilmWeek. The mini-grants are as follows:

  1. A $5,000 grant for a new short film that will be started and completed in spring and summer 2023 and screened during Our Heritage, Our Planet FilmWeek.This grant is intended to stimulate new ideas and stories, so it doesn’t support adaptations of existing material.
  2. A $2,500 grant to complete a project in progress that will be screened during Our Heritage, Our Planet FilmWeek.

How to Apply

Applicants must identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, or Person of Color). Film proposals may be Narrative, Documentary, Animation, or Experimental. Please state clearly in your application whether you are applying for option #1 (new short film) or option #2 (film project progress)While we accept applicants of any age, youth, students and recent graduates will be prioritized. Please disclose your age and educational status if you wish to receive priority status.

Applications must be submitted to conservation@hispanicaccess.org by March 31, 2023.

To apply for the $5,000 grant for a new short film:

  • Submit your resume.
  • Submit a link to work samples, previous projects, or a portfolio.
  • Submit a reference letter from a mentor, community leader, employer, or teacher in support of your specific film project.
  • Submit a 3-5 minute video outlining your background and proposed project. This video is intended to be creative and to showcase your personality and technical skills. It may be filmed on a DSLR, pocket camera, phone camera, or other comparable camera but should include an edited combination of all of the following:
    • the applicant speaking directly to camera
    • voice over narration
    • photos
    • b-roll footage
    • text elements
  • Submit short-answer responses to the following questions:
    • How does your film project demonstrate a commitment to telling BIPOC stories?
    • How does your film project address your chosen FilmWeek theme (Lands & Nature, Climate Crisis, EnvironmentalJustice, or Ocean &Watersheds)?
  • Submit an estimated project budget.This budget should clearly itemize all anticipated costs.

To apply for the $2,500 grant to complete a project in progress:

  • Submit your resume.
  • Submit a link to work samples, previous projects, or a portfolio.
  • Submit a reference letter from a mentor, community leader, employer, or teacher in support of your specific film project.
  • Submit a treatment of the work in progress indicating which stage of the process you are at, or a sample (small trailer or a draft video) of the work that you have developed so far. The more you are able to share, the better.
  • Submit short-answer responses to the following questions:
    • How does your film project demonstrate a commitment to telling BIPOC stories?
    • How does your film project address your chosen FilmWeek theme (Lands & Nature, Climate Crisis, EnvironmentalJustice, or Ocean &Watersheds)?
  • Submit an estimated budget for each of the following (x2 total):
  • an estimated budget for the highest amount of funding available for your project’s stage (e.g. production: $5,000).This budget should clearly itemize all anticipated costs.

Point-of-Contact

For questions about the application or Our Heritage, Our Planet Film Week, please contact:

Applications must be submitted to conservation@hispanicaccess.org by Friday March, 31, 2023. Proposals will be reviewed by HispanicAccess staff and consultants. Final selection and notification should be completed by Friday, April 21, 2023.



Our Heritage, Our Planet Film Week
is an initiative of Hispanic 
Access Foundation.

E: info@hispanicaccess.org
P: (202) 640-4342