Redford Center Grants

Redford Center Grants

The Redford Center Grants program supports cohorts of dedicated filmmakers working on feature-length environmental documentary films focused on both issues and solutions.

The 2020-21 cohort of Redford Center Grants brings together 22 film projects poised for transformative impact. Together, these films tell critical and compelling stories that will further build the movement for environmental justice and regeneration. Each film offers pathways for action and engagement and shares one persistent and inspiring goal: a just transition to a healthier future for everyone.  

For the first time, The Redford Center is awarding impact campaign funding as part of an expanded grantmaking strategy. This additional commitment supports completed films in their efforts to inspire public dialogue and mobilize action around specific issues related to environmental justice. Impact campaign grants will be used to move audiences from awareness to action through initiatives such as educational screenings and community partnerships.

About the 2020-21 Grantee Cohort


About Redford Center Grants

Since 2016, the Redford Center Grants program has supported 36 field-defining documentary projects, awarding more than $1 million total in grant awards. Redford Center Grants includes a diverse portfolio of filmmakers and projects that represent necessary voices and perspectives on environmental issues, illuminating stories from people on the frontlines and covering a range of pressing issues including food security and sovereignty, climate solutions and just recovery, environmental toxins, and community health, racial justice and civic participation, Indigenous wisdom and rights, and endangered habitat and species protection, among other urgent issues.  

In addition to cash funding, all Redford Center Grants include networking and partnership opportunities, feedback, guidance on impact goals, and promotional support throughout the life of a project.  

Past Redford Center grantee films have premiered to global audiences and screened at festivals, including the Sundance Film Festival, San Francisco International Film Festival, Hot Docs, and Big Sky Documentary Film Festival. More information about previous cohorts and current grantees can be found at  

The Redford Center Grants program is generously funded by The New York Community Trust. Additional funding for second-year grants is provided by Code Blue Foundation, EarthSense Foundation, and Skoll Foundation.