Funding Opportunity: Sandbox Fund Grant by Sundance

About the Organization

The Sundance Institute is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the discovery and development of independent artists and audiences. Through its programs, the Institute seeks to discover, support, and inspire independent film and media artists from the United States and around the world, and to introduce audiences to their new work.

We believe that a story driven by an individual, authentic voice can awaken new ideas that have the power to delight and entertain, push creative boundaries, spark new levels of empathy and understanding, and even lead to social change. We support independent storytellers and advance the impact of their work in the world.

About the Grant

The Sandbox Fund offers grants, engagement events, and other opportunities for independent artists seeking to explore the intrinsic link between science and culture through innovative storytelling. The program is administered by the Sundance Institute Documentary Fund, in collaboration with Sandbox Films.

Grants are offered to independent artists who are working at the intersection of science and nonfiction storytelling. The partnership identifies and supports nonfiction projects that inspire a deeper interest in science, especially among those who don’t think of themselves as science enthusiasts.

The fund offers support to projects at all stages of development, production, and post-production. Average grant sizes are as follows:

  • Development (up to $25,000)
  • Production (up to $50,000)
  • Post-Production (up to $50,000)

Selection criteria for the Sandbox Fund will emphasize creative narrative techniques and projects that highlight diversity in science, specifically those that feature characters, topics, or disciplines that broaden and redefine what it means to be a scientist or to do science.


U.S. and international nonfiction projects are eligible, with a focus on feature-length documentary projects.

How to Apply

The Fund offers grants two times a year, with two separate application windows. Grant-making decisions occur generally in the winter and summer, in collaboration with Sandbox Films.

Current grant cycle:

2023 Fall Cycle: June 12 – July 24

All applications must be submitted through the Sandbox Fund application portal.

Applicants will be notified within 5 months of the deadline.

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