From The Heart Productions has been giving grants since 1992. Today the NY grant is taking applications until 4/30/10. They accept documentaries, shorts, and features with budgets of $500,000. They want compelling stories with strong characters and films that are unique and make a contribution to society. Full information, application and guidelines are on their site: www.fromtheheartproductions.com
If you are in pre-production for your thesis, now is the time to look for funding. This may be a good opportunity for you to create the film you wanted without worrying about where the money is coming from. Check out their site and see if this resource works for you.
Cheers! - Eve.