A grant competition organized by the Open Society Institute (OSI) will award grants of up to US$40,000 to innovative photographers worldwide. The proposal deadline is October 6. The Documentary Photography Project gives grants to photographers who partner up with news media organizations, NGOs, schools or other groups to publish documentary photography that works to stimulate constructive societal change.
Interested applicants must submit proposals that address a current social justice issue, especially those that relate to OSI’s work. Projects must use innovative strategies to present the work to the public such as: Web sites, podcasts, or traveling exhibitions.
OSI is a New York-based private foundation. It was launched in order to support former Soviet States transition from communism to democracies. It has since opened up projects in other areas of the world where the transition to democracy is of concern. Among the activities OSI sponsors are: grant making to strengthen civil society, education, human rights, legal reform, media and communications, arts and culture, among others.