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 of America.

Introduction to Our Heritage, Our Planet Film Week

In October 2021, Hispanic Access Foundation debuted Our Heritage, Our Planet Film Week, to uplift the nexus between Latino, Black, Indigenous and other communities of color and the lands, waterways, and ocean we call home through film. Over 1,100 films were submitted, and 36 films were chosen showcasing the talent and stories of people of color to 500 film week registrants. The film week also included performances and discussions with filmmakers, decision-makers, and community members on a variety of conservation topics.

This year, Our Heritage, Our Planet Film Week will take place October 11-14, 2022, closing out Hispanic Heritage Month following Indigenous People’s Day. The themes of the Film Week are Lands & Nature, Climate Crisis, Environmental Justice, and Ocean & Watersheds. Submissions to the Film Week will open on June 1, 2022, on filmfreeway.com.

 

Request for Applications for Film Week Mini-Grants

In spring 2022, Hispanic Access Foundation will be awarding 3 mini-grants to BIPOC filmmakers for film projects that will be completed in 2022 and screened during Our Heritage, Our Planet Film Week. 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 2022 and screened during Our Heritage, Our Planet Film Week. This grant is intended to stimulate new ideas and stories, so it doesn’t support adaptations of existing material.
  2. A $3,500 grant to complete a project in progress that will be screened during Our Heritage, Our Planet Film Week. One runner-up will also receive a $1,500 grant to complete a project in progress that will be screened during Our Heritage, Our Planet Film Week.

How to Apply

Applicants must identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, or Person of Color). Film proposals may be Narrative, Live action, 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 in 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, 2022.

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 essay 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, 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 Film Week theme (Lands & Nature, Climate Crisis, Environmental Justice, or Ocean & Watersheds)?
    • Submit an estimated project budget. This budget should clearly itemize all anticipated costs.

To apply for the $3,500 and $1,500 grants 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 Film Week theme (Lands & Nature, Climate Crisis, Environmental Justice, 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.
    • an estimated budget for the lowest amount of funding available for your project’s stage (e.g. production: $500). 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:

  • Brenda Gallegos, Conservation Program Associate, conservation@hispanicaccess.org

Applications must be submitted to conservation@hispanicaccess.org by March 31, 2022. Proposals will be reviewed by Hispanic Access staff and consultants. Final selection and notification should be completed by Monday, April 18, 2022.



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

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