ITVS funds, distributes, and promotes new programs primarily for public television. We work with independent producers to create and present programs that take creative risks, advance issues and represent points of view not usually seen on public or commercial television. ITVS is committed to programming that addresses the needs of underserved and underrepresented audiences. We look for programs that bring new audiences to public television and that expand civic participation by bringing diverse voices into the public sphere.

Funding Initiatives

You may apply to only one ITVS funding initiative per round. Read the funding descriptions carefully to make sure that you have chosen the initiative that your film is eligible for.

  • Open Call

    Closed

    Open Call will begin accepting applications July 10, 2015 with a deadline of August 7, 2015 4pm PST.

    Open Call provides completion funds for single nonfiction public television programs on any subject, and from any viewpoint. Projects must have begun production as evidenced by a work-in-progress video. Open Call funding is only available to independent producers who are citizens or legal residents of the U.S. and its external territories.

    Please read all Open Call application requirements carefully as the process has recently changed.

  • Digital Open Call

    Open

    Digital Open Call is now Open. The deadline is Wednesday July 1 at 4:00pm PST.

    The Digital Open Call provides R&D funding to develop and pilot digital series concepts on any subject, and from any viewpoint, for public media’s digital platforms. Projects must be in development, and cannot have begun principal production. The Digital Open Call funding is only available to independent producers who are citizens or legal residents of the U.S. and its external territories.

    Please read all application requirements carefully.

  • Diversity Development Fund

    Closed

    DDF is now closed. The deadline is November 6th at 4:00pm PST. The application will open a month before the deadline.

    The Diversity Development Fund provides up to $15,000 in research and development funding to producers of color to develop single documentary programs for public television. Producers must be U.S. citizens or legal residents.

  • LINCS

    We are not accepting new applications for funding consideration through LINCS as we evaluate our initiative strategy.

    If you are looking for completion funding and have a station partnership, you can now apply through our Open Call application process. Eligibility and guidelines can be found here. You will still need to provide a copy of a Letter of Agreement if you are applying with a station.

  • Series and Special Projects

    Update on ITVS Series and Special Project funding.

    As of March 20, 2014, ITVS no longer accepts unsolicited materials, including proposal submissions or project inquiries for Series and Special Projects (SSP) funding.

  • International Initiative

    Update on ITVS funding for International producers.

    As of December 2013, ITVS no longer accepts unsolicited materials, including proposal submissions or project inquiries. We select international content purely on a commissioning basis.

Additional Resources

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