"Through this grant we acknowledge how an individual's actions and reach are strengthened through collaboration."

Positioned at the cross-section of international human rights, activism, media, and the arts, the Open Society Documentary Photography Project is extending a call to documentary photographers, photo-based artists, and socially engaged practitioners around the world who strive to go beyond documenting a human rights or social justice issue to enacting change. Since the programme's inception in 2004, 54 photographers have been funded.

In 2014, there will be 2 tracks of support for individuals at different phases of their Audience Engagement projects:

  1. Track One: Project Development: Grantees will receive funding to attend an Open Society-organised retreat in New York, NY, United States (US) in early December 2014. This event will be designed in collaboration with Creative Capital's Professional Development Program, whose workshops provide participants with 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. Click here to download the complete Track One guidelines [PDF format].
  2. Track Two: Project Implementation: This is a year-long funding relationship and learning exchange. In addition to funding to attend the December retreat, grantees will receive funding to execute (or continue executing) their projects. Each year, 4 to 5 grants of up to US$30,000 are awarded. Click here to download the complete Track One guidelines [PDF format].
Deadline Date
Deadline Date: 
July 8, 2014
Application Info: 

Click here for additional application information on the Open Society Foundations website.


The application deadline for both tracks is: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. EST (Eastern Standard Time). Submit your applications online: here.


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").


Organisers will hold a webinar information session on May 19 2014. Please visit their Facebook page in early May for more details on this event.


Open Society Foundations Call for Proposals 2014 to The Communication Initiative on April 22 2014. Image credit: Margot Herster