Hear from grant-makers and funders about every aspect of winning grant applications in this intensive 4-day seminar moderated by Holly Hughes. 

Funding for photography is changing dramatically. In this four-part webinar, you will learn how photographers write successful grant applications that appeal to grant-makers’ goals and values. Through live interviews, you will hear how jurors and decision-makers from international funding organizations evaluate photographers’ grant proposals, portfolios, and budgets. The four sessions explain the grant-writing process step-by-step—from researching grant-guidelines to filing impact reports—using case studies, sample grant proposals, and practical tips from photographers. You will learn how photographers put together compelling applications and convince prospective funders to become collaborative partners. 

Aimed at both experienced photographers researching new funding opportunities and emerging artists seeking seed money, this webinar provides practical insights on pitching and collaborating with grant-makers today.



Friday, November 13: 12:00–1:30pm EDT 

  • What different grant-makers fund—and why
  • Researching grant-makers and their strategic goals  
  • Writing project proposals that appeal to a funder’s vision and goals
  • Fiscal sponsors: Can they help you? 


Speakers: Endia Beal, Photographer and curator; Laura Pressley, Executive director of CENTER in Santa Fe, board member of Blue Earth Alliance


Saturday, November 14: 12:00–1:30pm EDT 

  • Successful proposals: What they say, how they are written, what they have to include
  • Pitching your qualifications while pitching your project  
  • Choosing supporting materials and sample images that make your case
  • The pieces of an application: How they work together


Speakers: Moises Saman, photographer and Magnum member; more speakers TBA


Tuesday November 17: 12:00–1:30pm EDT 

  • Journalism grants and distribution plans
  • Your budget: What jurors want to see
  • How jurors evaluate plans and sample images
  • Managing the funder/grantee relationship


Speakers: Jin Ding, Program manager of IWMF grants and awards programs


Wednesday, November 18: 12:00–1:30pm EDT 

  • The importance today of plans for outreach and community engagement
  • Communicating with your funder
  • Filing an impact statement: Measuring your impact, engaging audiences 
  • Resources and information on finding grants and finding the right funder


Speakers: Amy Yenkin, Producer and Co-founder, We, Women


About Your Tutor

Holly Stuart Hughes is an independent editor, writer and grant consultant. The former editor-in-chief of PDN (Photo District News), she has organized panels and lectured on artist’s rights and the business of photography around the U.S., and served as a portfolio reviewer at several photo festivals. A graduate of Yale, she has written on photography and media for, The Telegraph, Multichannel News, Taschen Books, American Photographic Artists, Carlton Publishing, and Blouin ArtInfo Media. 

Moises Saman blends traditional conflict photography with a deeply personal point of view. For more than ten years, he has been concerned with the humanitarian impact of war in the Middle East, documenting both the front line of daily suffering and the ‘fleeting moments on the periphery of the more dramatic events’. Saman was born in Lima, Peru, from a mixed Spanish and Peruvian family. At the age of one, his family relocated to Barcelona, Spain, where Moises spent most of his youth. Saman studied Communications and Sociology in the United States at California State University, graduating in 1998. It was during his last year in university that Saman first became interested in becoming a photographer, influenced by the work of a number of photojournalists that had been covering the wars in the Balkans.

Jin Ding (She/They) is an experienced professional in non-profit journalism. As a program manager at the International Women’s Media Foundation, they oversee IWMF’s grants and awards programs. Jin is the in-coming VP of Finance of Asian American Journalism Association (AAJA) and a co-director of AAJA’s Women and Non-Binary Voices affinity group. They are a co-founder of Chinese Storytellers, a collective empowering Chinese non-fiction content creators. They first studied journalism at Tianjin University of Sport and became a sports reporter for local newspapers. After leaving China in 2011, they covered London Olympics as a correspondent, researched nation-wide marketing for NBC Sports, and worked for the Pulitzer Center as a communications and inclusion manager.

Endia Beal is a North Carolina based artist, curator, and author. Beal’s work merges fine arts with social injustice. She uses photography and video to reveal the often overlooked and unappreciated experiences unique to people of color. Specifically, Beal’s first monograph, Performance Review, brings together work over a 10-year period that highlights the realities and challenges for women of color in the corporate workplace. She lectures about these experiences, which also addresses bias in corporate hiring practices.

She is a fellow of the Center for Curatorial Leadership and completed residencies at Harvard Art Museums, the Center for Photography at Woodstock and McColl Center for Art + Innovation. Beal received grants from the Magnum Foundation and the Open Society Foundation, among others.

Beal is featured in several online editorials including The New York Times, NBC, BET, Huffington Post, and National Geographic; she also appeared in TIME Magazine, VICE Magazine, Essence, Marie Claire and Newsweek. Her work has been exhibited in several institutions including the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University in Durham, NC; The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, MI, and Aperture Foundation in New York, NY. Beal’s photographs are in private and public collections, such as The Studio Museum in Harlem in New York, NY, Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago in Chicago, IL, and Portland State University in Portland, OR. Beal holds a dual BFA in art history and studio art from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an MFA from Yale University.

Laura Wzorek Pressley is the Executive Director of CENTER in Santa Fe. CENTER is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization (NGO) known for the long-standing programs including  The Review Santa Fe Photo Festival, Project Grants, and other programs that have launched dozens of photographer’s careers. Laura has quadrupled funding for the organization with federal, state and city grants and secured family foundation contributions during her tenure at CENTER. She has sat on the New Mexico Arts grants state funding jury panel as well as Blue Earth Alliance fiscal sponsorship panels among other grant panels.

In addition to high impact, outcome driven programs, CENTER fosters an esteemed network of professionals that includes book publishers, curators, editors, gallerists, and many of today’s leading thinkers in imaging. Laura has curated or produced exhibitions including The Dispossessed (2016), The Frontier (2016), Immigration, Migration & Evolving Boundaries (2015)  Art & Oppression (2017), and Conjured Futures (2018)  working collaboratively with partner venues and festivals. In addition to CENTER, Laura serves on the Board of Directors for the Blue Earth Alliance based in Seattle, WA. 

Amy Yenkin is an independent producer and editor with 25+ years of experience in social issue documentary photography, arts and social change, philanthropy, non-profit management, and strategic planning. In 2017, she co-founded We, Women, the largest social impact photo-based art project by women and gender nonconforming artists currently underway across the United States. Amy is a former director at the Open Society Foundations (OSF), where she served as the deputy director of scholarships, associate director of the Open Media Research Institute in Prague, associate director of US Programs, director of Moving Walls, and director of the Documentary Photography Project (DPP), a program she founded in 2004.

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