Science on Screen Grants

Beginning in January 2016, the Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation once again invite U.S.-based non-profit art house theaters to apply for a Science on Screen℠ grant.

This grant provides support for recipient cinemas to create their own Science on Screen programs. It includes an award of up to $8,500 for start-up costs associated with executing this program.

Upon selection, each cinema is expected to produce a minimum of three Science on Screen events during the course of the 10-month grant period. One of the three films shown must be an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation film. You can view/download a full Science on Screen how-to guide here.


This grant is open to U.S.-based non-profit independent cinemas and museums with active film programs. Previous grantees are eligible to reapply. There is no application fee. 


Application Guidelines and Deadlines

Please click here to view application guidelines. Please send all completed application materials to the address below by the postmark/e-mail deadline of July 22, 2016.

The Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation
Attn: Beth Gilligan
290 Harvard Street
Brookline, MA 02446

All applicants will receive a response via email no later than September 9, 2016.


About Science on Screen

The Coolidge Corner Theatre's Science on Screen series has expanded film and scientific literacy with this popular program, now in its ninth year. Throughout the academic year, SoS creatively pairs screenings of classic, cult films, and documentaries with lively presentations by notable science and technology experts. Each film is used as a jumping-off point for a speaker to introduce current research or technological advances in a manner that engages  popular culture audiences -  from the function of the amygdala in the zombie brains of Night of the Living Dead to how far epidemiology has come since The Andromeda Strain.

2015 Science on Screen Grant Recipients

In 2015, the Coolidge Corner Theatre and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation selected 23 independent non-profit cinemas from across the country to receive grants of up to $8,500 each to implement Science on Screen programs at their theaters. 

The 2015 Science on Screen grant recipients are:

Amherst Cinema — Amherst, Massachusettes

Athena Cinema — Ohio University, Athens, Ohio

• Athens Ciné — Athens, Georgia

• Austin Film Society — Austin, Texas

Belcourt Theatre —Nashville, Tennessee 

• Bozeman Film Society —Bozeman, Montana

California Film Institute — San Rafael, California

Capri Theatre — Montgomery, Alabama

Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul — Minneapolis, Minnesota

• Film Streams — Omaha, Nebraska

Friends of the Juneau Public Libraries / Juneau Public Libraries / Gold Town Nickelodeon  — Juneau, Alaska

Gateway Film Center — Columbus, Ohio

The Little Theatre — Rochester, New York

Maine Film Center (Railroad Square Cinema) — Waterville, Maine

Michigan Theater — Ann Arbor, Michigan

Moxie Cinema — Springfield, Missouri

Nickelodeon Theatre — Columbia, South Carolina

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) — Portland, Oregon

Pickford Film Center — Bellingham, Washington

• The Picture House — Pelham, New York

• Pittsburgh Filmmakers — Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Robinson Film Center — Shreveport, Louisiana

The State Theatre of Modesto — Modesto, California 

Past Programs

You can find a listing of past Science on Screen programs here.

About the Coolidge Corner Theatre

The Coolidge Corner Theatre is one of the nation’s most prominent independently operated movie theatres, run by the not-for-profit Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation.  A beloved movie house the Coolidge has been pleasing audiences with the best in cinematic entertainment since 1933.  In addition to contemporary art-house and independent film, the Coolidge presents the prestigious Coolidge Award; high-definition opera, ballet, and theater broadcasts; Big Screen Classics; midnite screenings of cult films; science and environmental film series, and sneak previews and discussion of upcoming films as part of Talk Cinema.  The Coolidge has won numerous awards and honors for its creative programming.

About the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation  

The New York based Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, founded in 1934, makes grants in science, technology and economic performance. Sloan’s program in public understanding of science, directed by Doron Weber, supports books, radio, film, television, theater, and internet to reach a wide, non-specialized audience.

Sloan’s Film Program encourages filmmakers to create more realistic and accurate stories about science and technology and to challenge existing stereotypes about scientists and engineers in the popular imagination. Over the past ten years, Sloan has partnered with six of the top film schools in the country – American Film Institute, Carnegie Mellon, Columbia, NYU, UCLA and USC – and established annual awards in screenwriting and film production. The Foundation has also sponsored screenwriting and film production workshops at the Hamptons International Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, and Film Independent’s Producer’s Lab. Sloan Feature Film Prizes in Science and Technology, awarded at the Hamptons International and Sundance film festivals, have gone to some of the nation’s leading filmmakers while helping to launch the careers of promising newcomers. For more information, visit

For questions or additional information about this initiative, please contact Beth Gilligan at or (617) 734-2501 x113. Please click here to view application guidelines.