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Grants: Middle East

Grants: Middle East

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

The Arab Documentary Photography Programme
Deadline: January
Arab region

The Arab Fund for Art and Culture and the Prince Claus Fund, in partnership with the Magnum Foundation, launched this programme in 2014, targeting creative documentary photographers in the Arab region. The focus is to support compelling non-stereotypical and unconventional visual documentation of important social issues and narratives relevant to the Arab region.

Doha Film Institute Grants Programme
Deadline: February/September
Eligible countries listed here

The goals of the Doha Film Institute Grants Programme are to identify new talent, seek out new cinematic voices and discover universally resonant stories. The programme provides creative and financial assistance for short and feature-length films, subject to eligibility criteria, by Qatari and international first- and second-time directors, as well as established MENA directors. 

Middle East Reporting Fellowship
Deadline: January
Middle East

Run by the GroundTruth Project in partnership with the James W. Foley Foundation, the James W. Foley Middle East Fellowship supports a freelance journalist seeking to report stories in the Middle East that are under-covered by the mainstream media. As part of the $10,000 grant, the journalist receives a stipend and a budget that will include relevant risk assessment and a HEFAT course, as well as medical insurance and field reporting expenses. 

ARIJ Grants
Deadline: Rolling basis
Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Egypt, Tunisia, Iraq, Bahrain, Yemen

The Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism Network (ARIJ) supports reporters with the production of their investigative reports by providing mentoring, editorial, and other support. Reporters from Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Yemen, Iraq, Palestine, Tunis, or Bahrain, who have good story ideas that shed light on a problem, issue, or phenomena affecting society should apply. All proposals should meet ARIJ’s strict guidelines. 


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