2014 Grant Application
Dear Friends and Colleagues:
It’s that time of year – submissions for our upcoming grant cycle are now open. We look forward to seeing what you’ve got! Thanks once again to the generous support of the Foundation to Promote Open Society, we will be offering one $20,000 grant in 2014, and naming four finalists.
The deadline for applications to be submitted is November 11, 2013. For the first time – at last! – the submission process will be online, via our recently re-launched website (which I mentioned was in the works in my letter to you last year). PLEASE be patient with us – there may be some kinks to work out. But we’ll get there, and we’ll make sure your application is accepted if you file (or try to file) by the deadline.
We will announce the grant winner sometime in mid-December. As always, you’ll be the first to know before we issue a general press release.
I want to clarify something again this year, since it’s come up a few times lately. We are a tiny organization committed to a very specific issue – post-conflict storytelling and education around those issues. There’s a purpose to our grant; we want to foster broad conversations through the work we support. That’s part of why we publish an annual book, featuring the work of our grant winner and finalists. It’s expensive. We don’t have tons of money – I started The Aftermath Project without a penny. And while we have built some wonderful partnerships and strong support, we still operate – and accomplish a lot – on a very modest budget.
So – that’s why we ask each year’s grant winner and finalist to donate two prints to us, to use in raising the funds to pay for the book, which we also distribute pro bono to an important list of policy makers, educators and curators.
If that seems unreasonable to you, then we’re probably not the right grant program for you. If you are working on a project that you don’t want shown or that you have committed to another publisher, once again, we’re not the right fit. At The Aftermath Project, we’re about fostering conversations and new ideas, and supporting your work once you become a member of the Aftermath “family.”
One important note: please be sure to visit the “Join the Conversation” page on our website. We’ve created a digital online book where we welcome submissions of individual photos, poems, art work, etc. This is an open dialogue and we hope you’ll want to join it.
We’re excited to see how you are seeing aftermath issues this year. Thank you for your interest and all your hard work. Please keep an eye out for our upcoming Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for “War is Only Half the Story, Vol 6.”
Founder/Artistic Director, The Aftermath Project
The Aftermath Project’s mission is to support photographic projects that tell the other half of the story of conflict — the story of what it takes for individuals to learn to live again, to rebuild destroyed lives and homes, to restore civil societies, to address the lingering wounds of war while struggling to create new avenues for peace. Grant proposals should reflect an understanding of this mission. Proposals may relate to the aftermath of numerous kinds of conflict, not just international wars. The conflict may have been at the community level — for example, violence between rural ethnic groups or an urban riot in an industrialized country. It may have been a regional one, such as a rebel insurgency, or it may have been a full-scale war. There is no specific time frame that defines “aftermath,” although in general The Aftermath Project seeks to support stories which are no longer being covered by the mainstream media, or which have been ignored by the media. In general, conflict should be over for a situation to be deemed an “aftermath.” There are specific cases, however, where conflict may have continued for so long, or be the result of an aftermath situation, that they will be considered to be within the scope of The Aftermath Project. If you have doubts about whether your proposal meets these guidelines, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Proposals should include an explanation of the specific aftermath issues related to the project being proposed, as well as an overview of the applicant’s plans for covering the story during the course of the grant year — i.e, the proposed timing of trips, etc. You MUST inform The Aftermath Project if you have any commercial commitments or contracts related to the project you are proposing, including book deals and exhibitions. Failure to do so on the part of a grant winner will automatically terminate the grant, and the winner will forfeit any funds he/she has not yet received from The Aftermath Project.
TO FILE YOUR APPLICATION, PLEASE FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS EXACTLY. Your submission must include:
1. A signed application form saved and uploaded as a PDF or jpg file.
2. A project proposal, not to exceed two pages, saved and uploaded as a PDF file or uploaded below.
3. A portfolio of no more than 30 images, in jpg format. You must label your images
with your last name, followed by a number – ie, Smith_1.jpg. Your images MUST
be sized 1024 pixels on the longest side, at 72 dpi – with a file size of NO
LARGER than 2 MB PER PHOTO.
4. A caption sheet, saved and uploaded as a PDF file or embeded in attached photos.
5. Do NOT send anything else with your application.
Terms & Conditions
1. The Aftermath Project is open to working photographers world-wide who are interested in creating work that helps illuminate aftermath issues, and encourages greater public understanding and discussion of these issues.
2. Employees and directors of The Aftermath Project, and their immediate families are NOT eligible to apply for funding. Advisory board members and their immediate families are NOT eligible to apply for funding. Grant application judges, and their immediate families, are NOT eligible to apply for funding in the year that judges help choose grantees.
3. Only those submissions including all required materials will be considered for entry.
REQUIREMENTS OF GRANT WINNER AND FINALIST(S):
Grant winner(s) and finalists retain all copyrights to their work. Obligations to The Aftermath Project are as follows:
1. Grant winner agrees to give The Aftermath Project 12 prints, chosen by the grant winner in collaboration with The Aftermath Project, for its archives at project completion. Prints must be 16x20 inches or larger.
2. Grant winner agrees to make at least 30 images from his/her grant work available to The Aftermath Project for inclusion in “War is Only Half the Story, Vol Seven” and/or in commercial publications of anniversary retrospectives of the Aftermath Project. No financial compensation — other than the grant money awarded —will be made for publishing winner’s photos in said publications. The Aftermath Project does not guarantee that any publication will be produced by The Aftermath Project, alone, or in partnership with other publishers. However, if such publications are made, grant winner will be included in editorial and lay-out decisions. If such publications are made, winner will receive 30 free copies of said publication. Grant winner is responsible for reporting grant income for tax purposes as required by law.
3. In addition, grant winner agrees that work created with The Aftermath Project grant may be used for exhibitions created or supported by The Aftermath Project for educational and/or community outreach purposes. Images for such purposes will be chosen by the photographer in collaboration with The Aftermath Project. The winner also agrees that images from his/her grant work may be used for publicity and press purposes by The Aftermath Project. Any photograph so used by The Aftermath Project will carry the photographer’s credit/copyright line.
4. Finalists agree to allow a portfolio of work submitted with their applications to be included in “War is Only Half the Story, Vol Seven,” and/or in commercial publications of anniversary retrospectives of the Aftermath Project, if requested by The Aftermath Project. They also agree that their submission photos may be used for exhibitions created or supported by The Aftermath Project for educational and/or community outreach purposes. In both cases, images will be chosen by the photographer in collaboration with The Aftermath Project. The Aftermath Project does not guarantee that any publication will be produced. No financial compensation will be paid to finalists for use of their photos in such publications, but each finalist will receive 10 free copies of said book if it is published. Finalists also agree that images from his/her grant work may be used for publicity and press purposes by The Aftermath Project. Any photograph so used by The Aftermath Project will carry the photographer’s credit/copyright line.
5. Grant winner AND finalists agree to allow their work to be used (if chosen) as part of The Aftermath Project’s visual literacy/aftermath curriculum development.
6. DONATION OF PRINTS TO HELP RAISE FUNDS FOR BOOK PUBLICATION: Grant winner and finalists agree to donate two signed prints to the Aftermath Project to help raise funds for publication of “War is Only Half the Story, Vol Seven.” The Aftermath Project will pay for the cost of printing and shipping those prints.
NOTE: If any compensation is available for photographs by winners or finalists for use of their images in exhibitions, curriculum development, or press/publicity, The Aftermath Project will forward those funds to the photographers as soon as they have been received, or will put the photographer directly in touch with the organization making payment. As part of the mission of The Aftermath Project to raise awareness about aftermath issues, every effort will be made to disseminate information about the work of our grant winner and finalists. The Project’s goal is to create an ever-widening network of individuals committed to these issues, and to help create, whenever possible, opportunities for winners and finalists to share their work with as many people as possible.
REPORTING AND DISTRIBUTION OF FUNDS, AND PROJECT DEADLINES:
Grant winner will receive one half of grant funds at project onset. Winner will be required to submit interim reports by dates designated in award letter and packet, and will receive 40% of their award mid-way through, and the remaining 10% upon delivery of 12 prints at project completion. All grant work MUST be completed by December 31, 2014; photographs must be delivered by January 31, 2015.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS:
Must be submitted online by November 11, 2013.