Roy W. Dean Grant Application

Please read Roy W. Dean Grant application guidelines and instructions carefully before submitting application. Links to applications are at bottom of page.

Roy W. Dean Grant Winner Leslie Neale and From the Heart’s Carole Dean

The Roy W. Dean Grant application must be submitted by the deadline for the specific grant for which you are applying.  (It is alright for your Sample Work to arrive after the deadline if you are mailing it in).


  • SPRING Grant Deadline – March 31st – Applications Accepted Dec 1, 2019
  • SUMMER Grant Deadline – June 30th
  • FALL Grant Deadline – October 31st




Guidelines for Roy W. Dean Grant Application MATERIALS

There are several items that you’ll need to submit (upload) on your application:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Proposal (for documentaries) or Synopsis (for shorts or features)
  3. Marketing/Distribution/Social Media Plan
  4. Crew Information
  5. Budget (or Estimate)
  6. Sample Work: Provide a URL to a video of your trailer or prior work (Vimeo, YouTube, etc.), or mail us a COPY of your sample work.

Project Proposal and Synopsis Guidelines

Submit a written proposal.  If you would like an outline for a documentary proposal, click here.  

For documentaries, please send us an outline of your documentary film. It can be from 2 to 6 pages. 

For short films and features, we want a one page synopsis (or outline) of the film and the first 10 pages of your script. 

Please be sure also include the following:

  • Style, format and approach to the material, including any distinct visual or technical elements.
  • What are your plans for distribution?
  • Are you the producer, director, what?
  • How is this project unique and how does this project benefit society?
  • What is your relationship to the material?
  • List name and position of proposed key production personnel (producer, director, cinematographer, editor, etc.) List their relevant experience or credits.

Sample Work(s) Guidelines

All Roy W. Dean Grant applications must be accompanied by a sample of applicant’s previously completed work.  This should be done preferably via URL to an online video (Vimeo, YouTube, etc), but you may also mail a DVD or flash drive.

We need to see what you have made and what your vision is for your proposed or current film. If you do not have a prior work, submit one from a key member on your crew.

If you need to mail it instead of providing a URL on the application, please do not send original DVD, send us a copy because we do not return DVDs or flash drives.


Steps to Completing Application

  • Select Roy W. Dean Grant Application below for which you’d like to submit your project.
  • Before submitting your completed application, print or save a copy for your records.
    • Upload your files (Proposal, Distribution Plan, Crew Info, and Budget) on your application.

    • Provide a URL to your Sample Work. If you do not provide a URL on the form, you may mail a copy of your Sample Work on DVD or Flash Drive to:

      From The Heart Productions
      6934 Harmon Dr
      Ventura, CA 93003


    • From the Heart Productions requests a rolling “Thank You” credit to all of the donors on the grant.  This application, if chosen as a winner, may be published or used to educate other filmmakers by FTHP.


If you have any questions regarding the application, check out our Roy W. Dean Grant FAQ page or you may contact Shirley at:  

Grant Application

Please select the grant for which you are applying: