Open Society Foundations Grants for Documentary Photographers

Deadline: 8 July 2014
Open to: photographers from all around the world
Grant: up to $30,000 to develop a photography project


The Open Society Documentary Photography Project, created by The Open Society Foundations in 2004, is uniquely positioned at the cross-section of international human rights, activism, media and the arts. Since its inception, they have funded 54 photographers who have gone beyond documenting a human rights or social justice issue to enacting change.

The Open Society Documentary Photography Project is now soliciting calls for the 2014 Audience Engagement Grant Program. Beginning this year, they will offer two tracks of support for individuals at different phases of their Audience Engagement projects.


The grant program is open to 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.

They are looking for projects that use photography or photo-based art creatively and that through innovative manners reach a project’s unique audience. The projects should be ambitious, realistic and achievable.


  • Track One-Project Development: the grantees will receive funding to attend an Open Society–organized retreat in December of 2014 in New York. OSF will cover travel costs, accommodation and meals. The selected photographers will participate in training workshops geared toward moving their projects and career goals forward.
  • Track Two-Project Implementation: the grantees will receive funding during one year to execute their projects. Each year, the OSF usually award 4 to 5 grants of up to $30,000. The selected photographers will also attend the retreat in December.


The application process is online: you can apply HERE if you are interested in track one, or HERE if you are interested in track two.

The application deadline is 8 July 2014 at 5:00 p.m. EST (Eastern Standard Time) for both tracks.

If you have any questions please contact:

The official website

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