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Submission Deadlines

FALL 2016: Friday, October 7, 3:00 pm - 290 LSH

WINTER 2017: Friday, February 3, 3:00 PM - 290 LSH

Project Parameters:

  • To support production of film, video, audio, computer-generated media, or any combination of these.
  • May not be used to cover travel, food, or the purchasing of equipment, but may be used to purchase memory
  • Individuals or groups may apply.
  • Must be for credit, as part of class.
  • Amount requested should be $100-$1,000. Funds are limited.
  • Past grantees must have shown evidence that they completed their earlier project(s) by deadline and exhibited earlier projects.
  • This grant is for actual expenses.  You will be reimbursed for your expenses and will not receive a cash advance.
  • All awardees must see Deborah Barko in the SOC office in order to properly submit receipts.
  • Submit all materials in a 9 x 12 manila envelope.

Time Frame:

  • Fall semester application deadline is on the first Friday in October, 3pm in 290 LSH
  • Winter semester application deadline is on the first Friday in February, 3pm in 290 LSH
  • Completion of funded projected is required within 6 months of announcement of award.
  • Must be exhibited publicly.


  • Full/part time student majoring in Film & Video Production
  • In good standing

Application Guidelines

See a sample of a previous successful application here (pdf).  Incomplete applications are not likely to receive funding. Include the following in your application.

  • Introductory Materials:
    • Your name(s), contact information, funds requested
    • Title and approximate running time.
    • Course Name
    • Medium, including format.
    • Mode/style (documentary, experimental, etc.)
  • Is the application for a complete project or one or more segment(s) of a larger project?
  • Concept/theme. What underlying themes does your project address? (1-2 sentences)
  • Rationale (Why should this idea be supported by a grant? What is it about this particular story or idea that will be of value to viewers?)
  • Treatment/scenario/storyboard (1-3 pages).
  • Submit a full screenplay if requesting production funds for a fictional narrative. You may include flow charts or anything else that will help us understand your plans.
  • Detailed budget (important: indicate which portion you are requesting the production grant for, and which portion you are providing funds for.) Each item's cost x # of days = total cost.
  • Projected need for SOC equipment.
  • Explain why the materials you are requesting funding for are necessary to the success of your film.  In other words, justify the need for this expense as it relates to the storytelling.
  • Sample(s) of past work, with statement about how the work is relevant to the proposed project (DVD or link to online version)
  • Timetable for proposed project's completion.
  • Defense of project's feasibility. How you plan to complete the project, given constraints of experience, time, money and equipment.
  • Submit all materials in a 9 x 12 manila envelope.
  • If you receive the grant, include a credit at the end of your video that says: Partial funding for this project provided by the GVSU Film/Video Production Grant

Funding Opportunities

Highest priority for funding will be given to those needs that directly enable the completion of this particular project, e.g. equipment rental, tape/film stock, construction materials, costuming, etc. Graphics tablets and software are eligible as long as project demonstrates a real need for their purchase.


Submit a hard copy of entire application, including a DVD of sample work to the School of Communications office (290 LSH)

(Must be submitted by 3:00 PM on the deadline date)

Contact  Anal Shah, Aaron Schuelke, or Suzanne Zack if you have any additional questions.

Winter 2016 Grant Recipients

Congratulations to the Winter 2016 production grant recipients!

Mitch Visser (Fiction - The Psychiatrist)
Josh Evola (Fiction - I Am Alone)
Kelly Loughlin (Fiction -  The Nuclear Family)
Caleb Hill (Fiction - Explosive Distortion)
Hannah Lynch (Fiction – Congratulations)
Jordan Pletts (Fiction - Winter Words)

Fall 2015 Grant Recipients

Congratulations to the Fall 2015 production grant recipients!

Shane McSauby (Fiction – 45: A Love Story)
Matthew Collazo (Fiction – Closing Time)
Chad Mitchell Rodgers (Documentary – You Are Going To Hell)
Lauren Kohler (Experimental Fiction – Black Hair)