Audience Engagement Grant: Awards to Individuals

The Open Society Documentary Photography Project is soliciting calls for the 2014 Audience Engagement Grant Program. Since the program’s inception in 2004, we have funded 54 photographers who have gone beyond documenting a human rights or social justice issue to enacting change.

Beginning this year, we will offer two tracks of support for individuals at different phases of their Audience Engagement projects.

Track One: Project Development

Grantees will receive funding to attend an Open Society–organized retreat in December of 2014. This event will be designed in collaboration with Creative Capital’s Professional Development Program, whose nationally recognized workshops provide participants with essential practical tools and strategies to help them move their project and career goals forward. Attendees will become part of a larger Audience Engagement Grant cohort, with opportunities to connect both during the conference and after.

Track Two: Project Implementation

Grantees will receive funding to execute (or continue executing) their projects as well as attend December’s retreat.

Eligibility Criteria
  • Documentary photographers, photo-based artists, and socially engaged practitioners who use their work to move target audiences beyond the act of looking, to directly participate in activities or processes that lead to change around an issue.
  • Individuals who establish meaningful partnerships with others committed to realizing change and who bring a complementary set of skills and expertise.
  • Projects that use photography or photo-based art creatively and innovatively to reach a project’s unique audience.
  • Projects with goals that are ambitious, yet realistic and achievable.
Guidelines

Download and carefully review each track’s guidelines here for more detailed information on eligibility and criteria.

The application deadline for BOTH tracks is: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. EST (Eastern Standard Time). Submit your applications online at: osf.submittable.com/submit

If you have questions about which track you should apply for, or if your project is eligible, please contact Anna Overstrom-Coleman at: anna.overstrom-coleman@opensocietyfoundations.org (include the subject line: “Audience Engagement Grant”).

We will hold a webinar information session on Monday, May 19, 2014. Please check our Facebook page in early May for more details on this event.