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Grants: Middle East

Grants: Middle East

These grants are aimed specifically at journalists from the Middle East and North Africa.

AFAC's Arab Documentary Photography Programme

Deadline: April
Country/Region Applicable: "Arab region".

Run by The Arab Fund for Art and Culture and the Prince Claus Fund, in partnership with the Magnum Foundation, this grant aims to support and foster documentary photography in the Arab region. It provides 12 annual production grants of $5,000 each. Grantees are expected to work on their projects in their country of residence over a period of 8 months. It can be used to start a new project or complete an existing project. 

Doha Film Institute Grants Programme

Deadline: February/September
Country/Regions Applicable: Algeria, Bahrain, the Comoros Islands, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

Early career freelance documentary filmmakers from the Middle East and North Africa are able to apply for funding from the Doha Film Institute Grants Programme for their next project. Funding is available for development, production and post-production for feature-length films (70 mins+ in length). Production and post-production funding is available for short films of 5 to 30 minutes in length. Up to $140,000 is available for feature-length documentaries, and up to $20,000 is available for short projects. To be eligible for funding, you must meet a number of criteria depending on which type of funding you are applying for. To find out more, visit their website.

GroundTruth Fellowship for Middle East Reporting

Deadline: May
Country/Region Applicable: Middle East

Run by the GlobalPost and funded by the Correspondents Fund, this programme offers a $10,000 grant to a correspondent working on the ground in the Middle East with at least three years' worth of experience. It will be aimed at a project that looks to cover the aftermath of the 'Arab Spring', and will involve preparing a series of guest posts for the GlobalPost's GroundTruth blog, as well as more longform pieces for the site's 'Special Reports' page. The fellowship is intended to produce a written body of work, but applications that include the use of photography and video will also be considered.  

Reporters Across Borders

Deadline: November
Country/Regions Applicable: "Arab-Mediterranean" countries

This scheme, run by the Anna Lindh Foundation, offers travel grants for Arab journalists to move across Arab and other Euromed countries in order to cover intercultural stories. The grant will cover all production costs for a trip lasting 1-2 weeks, and is part of the Foundation's Dawrak - Citizens Exchange programme. For more information, visit their website.

Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism Grants

Deadline: Ongoing
Country/Region Available: Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Egypt, Tunisia, Iraq, Bahrain, Yemen

Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism (ARIJ) offer grants to investigative journalists based in the Middle East. The size of these grants are discretionary, and are designed to cover research, writing, editing and publishing professional investigative journalism reports. The resulting piece will be published on the ARIJ website. To apply, write a proposal outlining the story, what the journalist hopes to prove, how this will be done, the sources of proof, a timeframe, a draft budget, previous writing samples and if relevant a letter of commitment from an editor/publisher to consider publishing or broadcasting the final product.

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