Film and Video - Production Grant

The Film and Video Area offers $100-$500 to support production of film, video, audio, computer-generated media, or any combination of these. Must be for credit, as part of class.

Submission Deadlines

Fall 2023:

First Deadline: Friday, September 22

Second Deadline:  Friday, October 27


Winter 2024:

Deadline: Friday, January 26,  2024


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.
  • May be used to purchase memory (such as hard drives, flash drives, etc.) - see PURCHASING TECHNOLOGY-RELATED DEVICES below.
  • Individuals or groups may apply.
  • Must be for credit, as part of class.
  • Amount requested should be $100-$500. 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 Jenna Stehouwer in the VMA office (1105 Calder) in order to properly submit receipts.
  • Submit all materials in a 9 x 12 manila envelope.


If you plan to use your production grant award to purchase a hard drive, flash drive, or anything related to technology or computers, you must contact Jim Schaub to assist in the purchase. This is a university policy. You will not be reimbursed if your purchase is not pre-approved by IT, and Jim Schaub is your contact for receiving the approval. If you have any questions, contact Jim Schaub at [email protected] or at (616) 331-3633.

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 PSR 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 digital copy of entire application, including an online Vimeo or YouTube link of sample work to Professor Joel Potrykus, who will pass it along to the Selection Committee. (Must be submitted by 3:00 p.m. on the deadline date.)


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