BURSARIES AND FUNDING
THE ALEXIA FOUNDATION.
WHO CAN APPLY: Any photographer may apply for this grant. Proposals that have received grants or awards exceeding $1,000 in the previous calendar year are not eligible. This award is for an individual photographer. Collaborative applications are not accepted.
AIM: Offers grants to produce photo documentary projects accompanied by a concise and relevant story proposal to promote world peace and global understanding- inline with the foundation’s manifesto.
SUBMISSIONS: A proposal of no more than 750 words for a photo story to explain your idea for a set of pictures (do not put name on submission).
A 25- word summary of the idea, a portfolio of 20 pictures including captions, a CV.
For more details visit www.alexiafoundation.org
THE ARTS COUNCIL
BURSARY: Bracketed up to £10,000 or above.
WHO CAN APPLY: The grants are available for individuals, arts organisations and other people who use the arts in their work. They support activities that engage people in England or that help artists and arts organisations in England to carryout their work. An eligibility quiz is available online.
AIM: To fund socially and culturally diverse work.
SUBMISSION: No special guidance is given for how to secure funding for individual projects, but your work must engage with the public. It is advisable to locate yourself within the UK and approach the relevant regional office, i.e. southwest, northeast.
For more details visit www.artscouncil.org.uk/funding/
CANON/ASSOCIATION DES FEMMES FEMALE PHOTOJOURNALIST AWARD
WHO CAN APPLY: Women photojournalists from across the world are welcome to enter the competition, for which there is no age limit.
AIM: To fund the completion of asocial documentary project by a female photojournalist, which will then be shown the following year at the Visa Pour I’Image photography festival on 4th September in Perpignan– and afterwards at the Cosmos Gallery, Paris.
SUBMISSION: Description of project (max three pages), provisional budget, 10-20 images, CV.
For more details visit www.canonafjaward.com
GETTY IMAGES – GRANTS FOR EDITORIAL PHOTOGRAPHY
BURSARY: $20,000 plus editorial, logistical and promotional support.
WHO CAN APPLY: Applicants must be currently engaged as a professional journalist and apply as an individual.
AIM: To promote photography that tells compelling social, political and cultural stories by photographers engaged as professional photojournalists, i.e. a person who derives the majority of his or her income from documenting issues through her photography.
“Creating and managing world-class photography requires time, freedom, support and resources.”–Getty Images
SUBMISSION: A single-page project proposal (approximately500words),20-25 images with captions, CV.
For more details visit www.gettyimages.com
THE INGE MORATH AWARD
WHO CAN APPLY: Woman photographers under the age of 30 can apply, to support work towards the completion of a long-term project.
AIM: Organised in co-operation with Magnum Photos, the award supports the completion of long-term socially conscious documentary work by women.
SUBMISSIONS: Images should be sent as a PDF document: between 40 and 60 images.
For more details visit www.ingemorath.org/foundation
THE MAGNUM EXPRESSION AWARD
BURSARY: $10,000, mentorship from Magnum jury photographers, the opportunity to work with the Magnum in Motion creative team to produce a multimedia essay on the subject, production sponsorship of a solo show, $3,000 towards producing a book of work.
WHO CAN APPLY: Photographers worldwide are encouraged to submit.
AIM: To allow a photographer to complete a project that aims to raise awareness and inspire change through photography. The judges are searching for revealing imagery that illustrates a dedicated compassion and intensity using photography as a medium.
SUBMISSION: Between eight and 15 images, CV, personal statement, and links to web portfolio.
For more details visit www.expression.magnumphotos.com
PULITZER CENTRE FOR CRISIS REPORTING: TRAVEL GRANTS
BURSARY: Most awards fall in $2,000-$10,000 bracket. Requests for $10,000-$20,000 are dependent on the project.
WHO CAN APPLY: Grants are open to all journalists, writers, photographers, radio producers or filmmakers, staff journalists as well as freelancers of any nationality are eligible to apply.
AIM: To support travel costs incurred during international reporting. Pulitzer’s definition of a ‘crisis’ covers environmental and human rights abuses through to post-conflict reconstruction and ethnic tensions.
“We are interested in the stories that would typically not make the headlines without our support.”– Pulitzer Centre for Crisis Reporting
SUBMISSION: A description of proposed project in no more than 250 words, budget estimate (fixer/translator/driver fees inclusive), three links to samples of work, three professional references, CV. (Note: Proposed projects must include a credible plan for sale in the US media. Letters from editors who have worked from you in the past are encouraged. Ideal projects combine photography, print and video.)
For more details visit: www.pulitzercenter.org
W EUGENE SMITH MEMORIAL FUND
BURSARY: $30,000. An additional $5,000 will be dispersed to one or more finalist deemed worthy of recognition.
WHO CAN APPLY: Open to all photographers.
AIM: To provide photographers with the financial freedom to carry out or complete major photographic essays.
SUBMISSION: A written proposal, CV, 20-40 images.
For more details visit www.smithfund.org
ROYAL PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY/THE GUARDIAN – THE JOAN WAKELIN BURSARY
BURSARY: £2,000, photo essay published by Guardian News and Media and The Royal Photographic Society Journal.
WHO CAN APPLY: Open to all photographers.
AIM: To support the production of overseas photo essays.
SUBMISSION: 12 images evidencing your approach to the medium along with a proposal for your chosen photo essay. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview.
For more details visit www.rps.org
BIPP– BRITISH INSTITUTE OF PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY
BURSARY: The Chris Stammers Bursary
WHO CAN APPLY: BIPP members.
AIM: To support BIPP photographers in the forensic, scientific and architectural fields of work.
SUBMISSION: An outline business proposal, a cash-flow forecast, and details of the areas of support that have been offered (e.g. work placements, college courses offered and attended etc).
For more details visit www.bipp.com
IAN PARRY SCHOLARSHIP
BURSARY: £3,000 towards your chosen assignment and £500 to those awarded Highly Commended and Commended.
WHO CAN APPLY: Photographers either attending a full-time photographic course or 24 years old or younger.
AIM: The award highlights the work of emerging photographic talent.
SUBMISSION: Entrants must submit examples of their work from their portfolio and a brief synopsis of a project they would undertake if they won.
For more details visit www.ianparry.org
SIMON ROBERTS Q+A
Successful photographer Simon Roberts offers advice on how to secure funding for photography projects.
Before you were granted funding, had you applied for many bursaries previously?
My career is an 80/20 rule: 80% production and 20% photography, it is the same with grant applications – 80% I don’t get, 20% I do. Realistically, you’ve got to be putting a lot out there, especially now, when it has become much more competitive than 10 years ago.
What are the important elements to take into consideration during the application process?
Have a clear understanding of what you are applying for and whether it can actually help the project you want to do. Often photographers apply for a grant before they know why. They are like ‘Oh there is this grant which I can apply for – what can I do with the money?’ rather than having a body of work that you want to produce and then tailoring and using that to get a bursary. For me, it’s all about producing a body of work that I am interested in producing rather than just getting a grant for the sake of earning some money. I think that’s important.
How important do you believe self-funded/non-commissioned projects to be when producing a body of work?
My first major project Motherland was completely self-financed. It was important that it was self-funded as I found, particularly when I was shooting for magazines, you end up producing a series of photographs for the person who was commissioning you, rather than taking the pictures you actually want to take.
What influence has your background as a photographic journalist had on helping you to develop your projects and concepts?
I don’t have a hidden journalistic sense to the work, so I would say that I am more influenced by my training as a human geographer, which required a lot of essay writing and research that has helped more in terms of formulating a written document, thinking about how you structure your arguments and the context: why you are doing the work, and your conclusions.
Any final advice you would like to add?
Be imaginative. It is amazing how many grants are out there, don’t just go for the usual ones. Think laterally about how you can raise the money. But also think very locally, it’s not just about going for the big grants, start small. People like to know who else you have got money from, so think about breaking funding down into three or four grants to leverage money from different people.
WHERE TO GO NEXT...
•ARTS COUNCIL OF ENGLAND
The central resource for arts funding in England. Includes information on regional arts boards, national projects and initiatives for artists.
•SCOTTISH ARTS COUNCIL
The Scottish Arts Council website is a comprehensive source of information on the arts in Scotland. With details of arts funding including National Lottery money, committees, press releases plus comprehensive links section the SAC website is your starting point for crafts, drama, dance, literature, music, visual arts and helpful publications.
•ARTS COUNCIL OFWALES
Information about funding and project news for Wales.
•ARTS COUNCIL OF NORTHERN IRELAND
Information about funding and project news for Northern Ireland.
Listing of arts funding boards in the UK.
•THE BRITISH COUNCIL
Working with partners in the UK, the British Council helps to share British expertise and talent with over 100 countries worldwide.
•BRITISH FILM INSTITUTE
The UK national agency with responsibility for encouraging the arts of film and television and conserving them in the national interest.
Promotes the contemporary crafts in Great Britain. It is an independent organisation funded by government and provides services to craftspeople and the public.
•DEPT FOR CULTURE, MEDIA AND SPORT
National Lottery Good Causes – Search for awards made plus the bodies responsible for distributing funds.
•THE MILLENNIUM COMMISSION
The Millennium Commission assists communities in marking the close of the second millennium and celebrating the start of the third. The Commission uses money raised by the national lottery to encourage projects throughout the nation.
•ARTISTS NEWSLETTER ONLINE
A useful source of articles, news, and funding opportunities for UK artists.
•ARTS & BUSINESS
Promoting partnerships between art and business by providing a combination of cultural expertise, the latest market intelligence and dynamic networking opportunities.
•CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
UK Chamber of Commerce site, useful for contacting possible sources of business sponsorship.
The National Endowment for Science, Technology and Arts aims to fund outstanding and innovative ideas and the people who have them. By supporting talent, NESTA hope to provide a real boost to the UK’s economic, cultural and creative capital.
A UK charity which offers practical support including training, mentoring and financial assistance to help 14 to 30 year olds realise their potential and transform their lives.
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