Photographers seeking support for long-term projects take note: The deadlines for some big grants are coming up. We’ve paired information on these grants with tips from past winners and judges of many of these awards, grants and artists’ residency programs.
Center for Photography at Woodstock Artist-in-Residence Program
This photography-based Artist-In-Residence Program was created to expand the dialogue around diversity, race, identity and beyond, and to provide studio residencies for U.S.-based artists, scholars and curators of color. Deadline: January 28.
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. Deadline for Professional Grant is February 1. The deadline for The Alexia 2018 Student Grants is March 1.
This is a six-month grant program that provides $20,000 in funding and mentorship to individuals working to empower marginalized U.S. communities through art. Online applications open February 5. Deadline: March 4.
VSCO is no longer accepting applications to its Artist Initiative grant, but our article about the program may help you tailor your application to fit VSCO’s interests.
MIT CAST Visiting Artist
This visiting artists program offers artists from a wide range of visual and performing arts disciplines a chance to embed in the cutting-edge research and teaching at MIT, where scientists and engineers are open to artists’ speculative and hands-on way of working. Deadline: Rolling applications
McKnight Artist Fellowship
McKnight partners with eight discipline-specific arts organizations to administer 38 fellowships of $25,000 each per year to selected Minnesota artists. Artist fellows may also participate in residencies, retreats, exhibitions/performances, and other
professional development opportunities. Deadline: Three remaining application periods in 2018, due April 15, July 15 and Oct 15.
Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize
Created by the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke, the $10,000 prize supports “artists, working alone or in teams, who have undertaken extended, ongoing fieldwork projects that fully exploit the relationship of words and images in the powerful, persuasive representation of a subject.” Applications open February 1. Deadline: May 15
Getty Editorial Grants
Five grants of $10,000 each are awarded annually to support independent photojournalists to pursue projects. Applications open April 1. Deadline: May 15
W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography
Presented annually by the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund, this grant supports a photographer whose past work and proposed project, as judged by a panel of experts, follows the tradition of W. Eugene Smith’s concerned photography and dedicated compassion.
Opening date for applications yet to be announced.
Deadline: May 31
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Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellowship
The foundation offers six-month fellowships of $20,000 and one-year fellowships of $40,000 to “journalists engaged in rigorous, probing, spirited, independent and skeptical work that will benefit the public.”
Applications open June 1. Deadline: October 1
Minnesota’s Artist Initiative
This grant program is designed to assist professional Minnesota artists at various stages in their careers. The grants, which range from $2,000 to $10,000, can be used to support career building and artistic development, as well as the creation of new work.
Deadline: June 29
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Economic Hardship Reporting Project
Supports photo essays, portrait series, “innovative visuals and audio work” that tell new narratives about economic hardship.
Deadline: Rolling submissions
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Aaron Siskind Foundation Individual Photographer’s Fellowship
Offering grants of up to $10,000 each, support artists working in photography or photo-based art. Grant cycle and deadlines will be announced Spring 2018.
John Simon Guggenheim Fellowships
The Guggenheim Foundation awards approximately 175 Fellowships each year. Its mission is to further the development of scholars and artists by assisting them to engage in research in any field of knowledge and creation in any of the arts, under the freest possible conditions and irrespective of race, color, or creed. Applications open July 2018.
More Grant Writing Tips:
The Magnum Foundation Fund has announced the recipients of its 2018 grant. The winners will receive grants of varying amounts as well as “project development support” to explore “new models of storytelling.” The Magnum Foundation announced the news today. The eight winning projects are: “Eclipse” by Sagar Chhetri; “Orinoco Women’s Journal” by Juanita Escobar; “Santa Barbara”... More ›
Grant competition jurors reject hundreds of applications because photographers often treat them like contest entry forms, “with a project description, but little or nothing about how they’re going to execute it or distribute the work,” says Chelsea Matiash, senior editor at The New York Times and a juror for the 2017 Getty Editorial grants. “Jurors... More ›
Eight photographers have won the first Reuters photojournalism grants of $5,000, the news service announced today. Reuters created the grant program to support “a diverse new generation of photojournalists” who can tell stories from new and different perspectives. Reuters launched the initiative last year at Visa pour l‘image international festival of photojournalism in Perpignan, France.... More ›