How to Apply for Roy W. Dean Grant

The Roy W. Dean Film Grant funds short films, documentaries, and independent features, and web series that are budgeted under $500,000. They must be films that are unique and make a contribution to society.

We fund compelling stories about little known subjects, historical films, and films that touch hearts. We like films that expose, and bring, important information to light; as well as films about little known people when there is a good story.

We are story-tellers, and that is the main criteria for entering and winning our grants; stories that can change, heal, and enrich, our lives.

Grant Deadlines

Submissions for grants close at 11:59 PM PT on dates below:

Spring Grant – March 31st 

Short Film Grant – April 29th

Summer Grant – June 30th

Fall Grant – October 31st



We are looking for:

  • Film, Digital, and Video projects that are unique and benefit society.
  • New projects.
  • Works-in-progress.
  • Length is not a consideration.

Who is eligible to apply

Anyone with a unique film project that contributes to society.  Student filmmakers, independent producers, documentarians, or independent production companies are all welcome.

Who is not eligible to apply

You cannot apply if you are an employee of From the Heart Productions, an employee of any of the sponsors, or a family member of any employee of From the Heart Productions or any of the sponsors. Sorry.

How can you apply?

Go to our Roy W. Dean Grant Application Page.

Where you live is not important

You can apply for any of the grants wherever you live.  You can apply for more then one in a year.  It shows us that your are tenacious and are eager to find funding.

In your application we would like to know the following:

  • What audiences will be interested in your film? Please describe the target audience(s) for your project, including any underserved audiences.
  • How do you plan to reach these audience(s)? Describe your plans for broadcast, theatrical screenings, educational and/or community group.
  • If you have a trailer for the film you are making, send it with your application and any completed any prior films we that you feel would be a good example of your work.

“Thank You” Credit

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.

Have more questions?

Go to our Grant FAQ page

Click here to fill out an Application