DCTV to Receive NEA Grant


February 4th, 2021

DCTV has been approved for a $20,000 Grants for Arts Projects award to support DCTV Youth Media. This project will provide in-depth, free media arts training and mentorship to NYC-based teenagers and young adults. DCTV’s project is among 1,073 projects across America totaling nearly $25 million that were selected during this first round of fiscal year 2021 funding in the Grants for Arts Projects funding category.

“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support this project from DCTV,” said Arts Endowment Acting Chairman Ann Eilers. “DCTV is among the arts organizations across the country that have demonstrated creativity, excellence, and resilience during this very challenging year.”

“It’s been 45 years that the NEA has partnered with us, providing opportunities for our young people and our community," said DCTV Co-Founder Jon Alpert. "At this time of extraordinary challenge, it’s wonderful to have NEA supporting our youth program, which has been firing on all cylinders, creating extraordinary work during the pandemic, thanks in part to the NEA.”

Since 1978, DCTV Youth Media has provided free filmmaking training, mentorship and professional development to NYC teens and young adults. Students learn all aspects of media production, from storyboarding to post-production, and create award-winning films about social issues that matter most in their lives. Their films have won numerous awards, including four local Emmy Awards, a Sundance Grand Jury Prize, Best Animation at Tribeca Film Festival’s Our City My Story, and an RFK Freedom Prize. On March 9, 2021, DCTV Youth Media will premiere COVID Diaries NYC on HBO. COVID Diaries NYC chronicles the lives of five young filmmakers, ages 17 to 21, who turn their cameras on themselves and tell the stories of their families during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in New York City.

For more information on projects included in the Arts Endowment grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.


Stephanie Skaff
Development Director, DCTV