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.

ANATOMY OF A SUCCESSFUL GRANT APPLICATION: CENTER FOR PHOTOGRAPHY AT WOODSTOCK

Alexia Foundation
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.

STEPHANIE SINCLAIR ON WRITING GRANT PROPOSALS WITH PERSONAL APPEAL

VSCO Voices
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.

HOW I GOT THAT GRANT: VSCO’S ARTIST INITIATIVE PROGRAM

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

HOW I GOT THAT GRANT: KEITH ELLENBOGEN’S HIGH-SPEED PHOTOGRAPHY ADVENTURE AT M.I.T.

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.

ANATOMY OF A SUCCESSFUL FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION: KARL RASCHKE’S MCKNIGHT FELLOWSHIP

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

HOW TO WIN A $10K DOROTHEA LANGE-PAUL TAYLOR PRIZE

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

7 GRANT-WRITING TIPS FROM 2017 GETTY EDITORIAL GRANT JUROR CHELSEA MATIASH

SECRETS OF SUCCESSFUL GRANT WRITING: MARY F. CALVERT

ANATOMY OF A SUCCESSFUL GRANT PROPOSAL: KRISANNE JOHNSON’S COMING OF AGE STORY

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
DANIEL CASTRO GARCIA EXPLAINS HOW HE WON THE 2017 W. EUGENE SMITH GRANT
MAKING A PORTFOLIO THAT WINS GRANTS
HOW I GOT THAT GRANT: JOSEPH SYWENKYJ ON WINNING THE 2014 W. EUGENE SMITH GRANT

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

ANATOMY OF SUCCESSFUL GRANT APPLICATIONS: THE ALICIA PATTERSON FOUNDATION FELLOWSHIP

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
ANATOMIES OF SUCCESSFUL GRANT APPLICATIONS: MINNESOTA’S ARTIST INITIATIVE GRANTS

Economic Hardship Reporting Project
Supports photo essays, portrait series, “innovative visuals and audio work” that tell new narratives about economic hardship.
Deadline: Rolling submissions
GRANT OPPORTUNITY: HOW TO PITCH THE ECONOMIC HARDSHIP REPORTING PROJECT

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.

     HOW I GOT THAT GRANT: THE AARON SISKIND FOUNDATION INDIVIDUAL PHOTOGRAPHER’S FELLOWSHIP

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.

   HOW I GOT THAT GRANT: RICHARD RENALDI AND GARY BRIECHLE ON WINNING 2015 GUGGENHEIM FELLOWSHIPS

   ANATOMY OF A SUCCESSFUL GRANT APPLICATION: JON LOWENSTEIN’S GUGGENHEIM FELLOWSHIP

More Grant Writing Tips:

ADVICE FROM A FUNDRAISING EXPERT ABOUT SOLICITING DONATIONS AND APPLYING FOR GRANTS

FUNDRAISING ADVICE: BLUE EARTH ALLIANCE’S CO-FOUNDER ON APPLYING FOR GRANTS

HOW TO WIN GRANTS THAT SUPPORT YOUR PHOTO PROJECTS


COMMENTS

MORE POSTS

Josué Rivas Wins 2018 FotoEvidence Book Award

Posted by on Thursday February 15, 2018 | Awards/Contests/Grants

Josue Rivas, Standing Rock, FotoEvidence
Image © Josue Rivas

First Nation photojournalist Josué Rivas has won the 2018 FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo for “Standing Strong,” a project about the spiritual awakening that took hold among people resisting the Dakota Access pipeline in 2016. Finalists for the award were Zackary Canepari for “Flint Is a Place,” about the challenges of life in... More

Wennman, Hangst Top Prize Winners at POYi (So Far)

Posted by on Wednesday February 14, 2018 | Awards/Contests/Grants, Photojournalism

Magnus Wennman, staff photographer at the Swedish daily newspaper Aftonbladet, has won Newspaper Photographer of the Year honors at the 75th annual Pictures of the Year International competition. German photographer Matthias Hangst of Getty Images won Sports Photographer of the Year. The POYi competition is run by the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Other... More

World Press Photo Announces Finalists for 2018 Awards

Posted by on Wednesday February 14, 2018 | Awards/Contests/Grants

Aisha, 14, "Boko Haram Strapped Suicide Bombs to Them. Somehow These Teenage Girls Survived." © Adam Ferguson for The New York Times

World Press Photo this morning announced six finalists for the 2018 World Press Photo of the Year. The winner will be announced April 12 at a ceremony in Amsterdam. World Press also announced three finalists in each of its eight photo categories, and three finalists in each of its four Digital Storytelling categories. This is... More