Grants for Visual Journalists


The Documentary Project Fund: helps photographers tell stories from their communities. They support photographers who have a community focus and strong story. Submissions are accepted November 15–December 15 and May 15–June 15.

Alexia Foundation: Through grants and scholarships, The Alexia Foundation supports photographers as agents for change and promotes the power of photojournalism to give voice to social injustice. The application deadline for the professional grant is January 13, 2014. The deadline for the student grants is January 27, 2014.

The Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize was created to encourage collaboration between documentary writers and photographers in the tradition of the acclaimed photographer Dorothea Lange and writer and social scientist Paul Taylor. Applications accepted from February 1 to May 7, 2014.

The Pulitzer Center provides travel grants to journalists for international reporting projects that focus on under-reported systemic crises, produced for distribution in US news media outlets. Rolling deadline.

LUCEO Student Project Award focuses on the importance of long-term projects. They also understand that developing photographers need support. To advance both of these causes, LUCEO has created the LUCEO Student Project Award, which will be disbursed annually to a talented student photographer in support of a significant and developing body of work. Deadline is May 15.


The Ford Foundation JustFilms Grant focuses on documentary projects that address urgent social issues. The foundation’s goal is to expand and support the  community of emerging and established filmmakers who often lack funding. Rolling application process.

ITVS provides completion funds for single nonfiction public television programs on any subject, and from any viewpoint. Projects must have begun production as evidenced by a work-in-progress video. Deadline is January 17, 2014

Chicken & Egg Pictures is a film fund and non-profit production company dedicated to supporting women filmmakers who are as passionate about the craft of storytelling as they are about the social justice, environmental and human rights issues they’re embracing, translating and exploring on film. Submissions closed for 2013.

The TFI Documentary Fund provides grants and guidance to support exceptional character-driven, non-fiction works-in-progress that sit outside of the social issue landscape and aim to take audiences into someone else’s environment and spotlight the journey of the individual. They are for films, based anywhere, that are in the advanced stages of development or either in production or post-production. Submissions closed for 2013.

Sundance Institute Documentary Fund offers research/development and production/post-production grants for cinematic feature documentaries about pressing human rights, social justice, civil liberties and related topics from the US and internationally. Check their site in late December for information on the spring 2014 applications.

The Fledgling Fund supports outreach and audience engagement for social issue documentaries and range from smaller planning grants to implementation grants for projects that have a clear plan ready to launch.  A new funding cycle opens January 13, 2013.


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