These grants are available to freelancers from any nationality, working in a variety of media formats, around the world.
Inge Morath Award
The annual Inge Morath Award, established by the members of Magnum Photos, is given to a woman photographer under 30 years old to assist in the completion of a long-term documentary project.
The Reporting Award
Launched in 2010, The Reporting Award award provides up to $12,500 for a significant work of journalism, in any medium, on an under-reported subject in the public interest. In establishing the award, the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute’s faculty cited the need for encouraging enterprising journalism during a time of extensive layoffs and budget cuts throughout the media industry.
Anja Niedringhaus Courage In Photojournalism Award
Created in 2014 with a $1 million gift from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, the Award is given annually to a woman photojournalist whose work reflects courage and dedication, as Anja’s does. The Award winner will be publicly honored, have her work showcased and receive a cash prize of $20,000.
Daniel Pearl Investigative Journalism Initiative
Grants are available to journalists aged between 22-38, aiming to encourage reporters to write in-depth pieces about deeply ingrained prejudices. The fellowship offers $5,000 to cover the project – $2,500 upfront and $2,500 upon completion of the story. The edited stories will be published in Moment, who organise the grant.
Eugene Smith Grant
Aimed at experienced photojournalists of any nationality, this grant is designed to fund and support the entirety of a project that shows “an exemplary commitment to documenting the human condition of spirit”. One grant of approximately $35,000 is given out annually, plus an additional grant to one or more recipients as special recognition.
Getty Images Reportage Grant
The Getty Images Reportage Grant continues the tradition of their Editorial Grants programme, which, from its founding in 2004, has supported independent photojournalists around the world by providing the creative freedom necessary to pursue work that is personally important to them. Three grants of $15,000 are available each year and winners are announced in September.
The Pierre & Alexandra Boulat Grant
The Pierre & Alexandra Boulat Association Award offers an annual grant to enable a photojournalist to cover a social, economic, political or cultural issue that has never been reported before. The resulting project may also be exhibited at the Visa pour L’Image in Perpignan.
Reporters Without Borders Rest and Refuge Scholarship
Rest and Refuge Scholarship is a project run by Reporters without Borders Germany and taz Panter Foundation, a non-profit organization linked to Die Tageszeitung (Taz), a daily newspaper in Berlin. They invite two journalists from countries in crisis or war to stay in Berlin, offering them a time of refuge and rest of up to three months.
Fund for Environmental Journalism
The Society of Environmental Journalists’ Fund for Environmental Journalism (FEJ) invests in public service reporting on environment and the journalists who produce it. FEJ grants support development and dissemination of significant coverage that otherwise could not be completed.
Alexia Foundation Grants
Deadline: Late autumn
The Alexia Foundation awards grants to student and professional visual journalists to help them produce projects that inspire change by addressing topics that are socially significant. The Professional Grant recipient will receive $20,000 for the production of the proposed project. The Student Alexia Grant aims to enable current student photographers to produce substantial bodies of work that share the Foundation’s goals of promoting world peace and cultural understanding.
The Aftermath Project
This Project offers one grant of $25,000 to support photographic projects that tell the other half of the story of conflict – the story of what it takes for individuals to learn to live again, to rebuild destroyed lives and homes, to restore civil societies, to address the lingering wounds of war while struggling to create new avenues for peace. Proposals may relate to the aftermath of numerous kinds of conflict, not just wars; for example, the conflict may have been at the community level, as in violence between rural ethnic groups or an urban riot in an industrialised country.
Fund for Investigative Journalism
Deadline: x3 annually
The US-based Fund for Investigative Journalism meet three to four times a year to offer grants to journalists to help support their projects. Funded projects can be on national or international issues, and applicants can apply from anywhere in the world, although their proposed project must be written in English. The maximum grant is $10,000. Grants cover out-of-pocket expenses such as travel, document collection and equipment rental. The Fund also considers requests for small stipends as part of the budget.
Mongabay Special Reporting Initiatives
Deadline: Rolling basis
Freelancers interested in covering stories with an environmental focus should take a look at Mongabay’s Special Reporting Initiatives. Every two to three months, they announce a new “special reporting initiative” offering a $15,000 honoriaum and up to $5,000 for reporting, travel and research costs on a specific topic. Each successful project is published on the Mongabay website under a Creative Commons license.
Open Society Foundation Grants
Deadline: Rolling basis
OSF awards a limited number of grants to individuals, primarily through scholarships and fellowships offered across a number of different programmes. Individuals may apply for multiple grants at once. Scholarships are awarded to a qualified person to attend or affiliate with an accredited university. Fellowships are awarded to a qualified individual to work on a project in a field aligned with OSF values over a fixed period of time.
Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Travel Grants
Deadline: Rolling basis
The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting provides travel grants to cover costs associated with travel for an international reporting project. The goal is to facilitate reporting from outside the United States. They support projects across all media platforms and encourage ones that combine print, photography, radio and video. As well as the rolling main grants, there are also special grant opportunities.
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