Application deadlines for grants worth between $1,000 and $20,000 are approaching.
Alexia Foundation Professional Grant
The Alexia Foundation’s professional Alexia Grant is meant to give professional photographers and visual journalists the means to produce bodies of work that promote world peace and cultural understanding. Both still photography and multimedia projects are eligible. The grant is administered by both the foundation and the Alexia Chair at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.
Individual photographers or visual journalists from any country are eligible—proposals with multiple content producers are not accepted. Proposals for projects that have already won grants or awards of more than $1,000 in the previous calendar year are not eligible. Professional grant applications carry a $50 application fee; winners will receive $20,000 to produce their proposed project.
The application deadline for the professional grant is Monday, Jan. 29, 2015 at 5 p.m. EST. Winners will be announced on or around March 1, 2014.
For more info, go to www.alexiafoundation.org/grants.
CENTER Choice Awards
CENTER, the non-profit organization dedicated to supporting photography since 1994, recognizes outstanding photographers working in all processes and subject matter with its Choice Awards. Awards are presented in three categories: Curator’s Choice, Editor’s Choice and Gallerist’s Choice. First, second and third place prizes are awarded in each category. Choice Award winners are invited to participate in an exhibition at the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, during Review Santa Fe.
This year’s jurors include Phillip Prodger, the curator at the National Portrait Gallery in London; Enrico Stefanelli, president & director of the Photolux Festival in Italy; and Alice Gabriner, TIME magazine’s international photo editor.
Last year’s Curator’s Choice winner was Manjari Sharma; Jeanine Michna-bales won the Gallerist’s Choice; and Morgan Ashcom was the Editor’s Choice.
The deadline for applications is February 19, 2015. For more information, go to www.visitcenter.org/choice-awards/#.
The Documentary Project Fund
The Documentary Project Fund has opened its first Call-For-Entries for 2015. The call is open to all still photographers, emerging or established, but applicants must demonstrate the skill level necessary to plan and execute a documentary project. Winners will have six months and up to $5,000 to complete their photographic project. The Documentary Project Fund is also available to photographers working with other nonprofits, but only if that group matches funds.
Submissions are accepted twice a year, and are judged by the board of The Documentary Project Fund. Half the funds are released upon acceptance of the award, with the second half of the funds to be dispersed at the completion of the project, contingent upon the project’s successful execution. Award announcements are made via email, approximately one month after the Call-For-Entries closes on March 30, 2015.
Previous winners include Matt Black, who won an award for his work documenting California’s Central Valley.
For more info, go to thedocumentaryprojectfund.org or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Light Work Grants in Photography
Light Work has been offering grants to artists in Central New York since 1975, supporting more than 110 artists, some multiple times. With the stated goal of encouraging the production of new photographic works in the region, three $2,000 grants will be awarded to photographers who reside within an approximate 50-mile radius of Syracuse, N.Y.
All applicants must reside in of one of the following Central New York counties: Broome, Cayuga, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Schuyler, Seneca, St. Lawrence, Tioga or Tompkins.
Applications will be reviewed by three judges from outside the grant region; decisions are based solely on the completed application and the candidate’s portfolio and. Repeat offenders are welcome—artists who won the award in 2009 or earlier are eligible to re-apply. Full-time students are not eligible.
Grant recipients will be published in Light Work’s Contact Sheet: The Light Work Annual, and are invited to participate in a special exhibit at Light Work. The deadline for applications is April 1, 2015. Apply online at lightwork.slideroom.com.
Light Work was founded as an artist-run, non-profit organization in 1973, with a mission to provide direct support to artists working in photography and related media, through residencies, publications, exhibitions, and a community-access lab facility.
For more info, go to www.lightwork.org/grants/apply or email email@example.com.
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