Summer is on it’s way, which means another round of grants and fellowships you can apply for! In the past we’ve given you our ultimate list of filmmaking grants, film festivals, and fellowships. This time, we’re rounding up all of the photography grants and fellowships we can find.

Grants are an incredible opportunity to create the kind of work you care about, and get paid for it!  Applying for them can seem intimidating, but it’s often as simple as outlining the project you have planned and what it’ll cost to complete it. The real work can be finding the grant that’s the right fit for you.

That’s why we’ve compiled this massive list! We’ve listed 42 photo grants every photographer should know about, listed in order of deadline and sorted them into four categories; Fine Art Photography, Photojournalism, Underrepresented Photographers, and General Grants and Fellowships.

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Artist Trust: Grants + Awards + Residencies
Deadline: April 30th, 2018

Artist Trust is dedicated to supporting Washington State artists working in all creative disciplines. Artistic excellence is the highest priority in our funding programs. Artist Trust grants range from project funds and major merit awards to residencies across the United States. Recipients are selected by peer panels consisting of artists and arts professionals from around and outside the Northwest.

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Getty Images Creative Grants
Deadline: May 15th, 2018

For us, photography is more than our business – it’s our passion. And we believe we have a responsibility to the talented artists who push our industry forward. Our goal is to enable photographers, filmmakers and content creators to bring attention to significant social and cultural issues, as well as to take new and inspiring strides in creative work. A total of eight prizes totaling $40,000 will be offered by Getty Images to recognize, celebrate and support emerging and established photographic talent.

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Getty Images Emerging Talent Award
Deadline: May 15th, 2018

Grants for Editorial Photography program, we offer an opportunity for young photographers to receive mentoring and support through our Emerging Talent Award. Applicants must be under the age of 30 at the time of submission and not associated with any agency.

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New Orleans Photo Alliance Grants
Deadline: May 29th, 2018

The New Orleans Photo Alliance has two grants – the The Michael P. Smith Fund For Documentary Photography, and the Clarence John Laughlin Award, which was created to support the work of photographers who use the medium as a means of creative expression.

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Eugene Smith Grant
Deadline: May 31st, 2018

Grant program that provides photographers with the financial freedom to carry out or complete major photographic essays. For 2015, the amount of the grant will be $30,000. An additional $5,000 in fellowship money will be dispersed, at the discretion of the jury, to one or more finalists deemed worthy of special recognition. Awards will be presented in a ceremony held in New York City.

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Focus for Humanity
Deadline: June 8th, 2018

Focus for Humanity aims to provide financial support, resources and training for professional and amateur photographers who capture these stories of our shared humanity and to help fund their work with NGOs.

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Lucie Foundation Emerging Scholarship
Deadline: June 15th, 2018

The Lucie Foundation is proud to support emerging talent with vision and dynamic ideas that challenge and progress the art form of still photography into work that compels. Our support of photography is broad, from Fine Art to Documentary and Photojournalism, to digital and film-based works. Our concern is to support emerging photographers producing work that is at once gripping, and original.

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LightWork Artist-in-Residence
Deadline: July 1st, 2018

Each year Light Work invites 12-15 artists to participate in its residency program, including one artist co-sponsored by Autograph ABP and one artist in conjunction with the Urban Video Project (UVP). Artists selected for the residency program are invited to live in Syracuse for one month. They receive a $5,000stipend, an apartment to stay in, a private digital studio, a private darkroom, and 24-hour access to our facility.

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Blue Earth’s Grant
Deadline: July 20th, 2018

Blue Earth sponsors documentary projects that educate the public about critical environmental and social issues. We are primarily interested in work that is educational and informational in nature and will consider proposals of any geographic scope involving the photographic and motion picture mediums. Our standard contract sponsors the project for two years.

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Marine Conservation Photography Grant
Deadline: Rolling

Applicants should be serious emerging photographers who may have become successful in their local region but have not been widely published in major magazines and have not earned numerous high-profile international awards. We prefer applicants to be under the age of 30, but older applicants who can still be regarded as ‘emerging’ may also be considered. Photographers with underwater photography skills in their repertoire are especially encouraged to apply.

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Burn Magazine’s Emerging Photographer Fund
Deadline: Rolling

The Emerging Photographer Grant is designed to support continuation of a photographer’s personal project. This body of work may be of either journalistic mission or purely personal artistic imperatives. The primary intent is to support emerging photographers who will become the icons of tomorrow.

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Ian Parry Scholarship
Deadline: Rolling

Entrants must submit a portfolio and a brief synopsis of a project they would undertake if they won the scholarship. The prize consists of £3,500 towards their chosen assignment £500 to those awarded Highly Commended and Commended. There is no fee for entry.

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Tim Hetherington Grant
Deadline: Rolling

The grant is open to professional photographers who have participated in a recent World Press Photo Contest and applications are accepted in October every year. An annual 20,000 euro grant awarded to a visual journalist to finalize an ongoing project on a human rights theme.

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VSCO Artist Initiative
Deadline: Rolling

The VSCO® Artist Initiative is a $1,000,000 USD grant and movement of solidarity that provides artists the resources to pursue their creative vision. The Initiative honors art and artist by discovering, funding, advising, and promoting creatives from all corners of the globe.

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JGS Quarterly Photography Contest
Deadline: Rolling

This contest aims to heighten the visibility of hopeful and life-affirming stories. Awe-inspiring developments in science and art, forward thinking actions taken by societies, organizations and individuals in response to challenges – there is no shortage of stories waiting to be told.

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Reminders Photography Stronghold Grants
Deadline: Rolling

Using our global network, we will be supporting the publicizing of photographers and their works, your photographic presentation or campaign, or your book launch. Any alternative proposal on photography for the best use for this gallery space is welcome – but all proposals will be reviewed and only successful proposal will receive this grant.

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Rory Peck Training Fund
Deadline: Rolling

Rory Peck Training Bursaries are for freelancers who work internationally. To qualify you will need to have worked as a freelancer in newsgathering and/or current affairs for a minimum of 18 months. The number of bursaries are limited and priority is given to freelancers whose work habitually takes them into hostile environments, and to those with a forthcoming confirmed assignment.

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FotoEvidence Book Award
Deadline: Rolling

The annual FotoEvidence Book Award will recognize a documentary photographer whose project demonstrates courage and commitment in addressing a violation of human rights, a significant injustice or an assault on human dignity. The selected project will be published in a book, as part of a series of FotoEvidence books dedicated to the work of photographers whose commitment and courage create an awareness of social injustice. FotoEvidence will offer to collaborate with one of the finalists to crowdfund the publication of their work.

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Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize
Deadline: Rolling

Created to encourage collaboration between documentary writers and photographers in the tradition of the acclaimed photographer Dorothea Lange and writer and social scientist Paul Taylor.

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LUCEO Student Project Award
Deadline: Rolling

Central to LUCEO’s mission is their belief in the importance of long-term projects. They also understand that developing photographers need support. To advance both of these causes, LUCEO has created the LUCEO Student Project Award, which will be disbursed annually to a talented student photographer in support of a significant and developing body of work.

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Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund
Deadline: Rolling

The Emergency Fund supports experienced photographers with a commitment to documenting social issues, working long-term, and engaging with an issue over time. Projects address critical global issues that have not received the attention they deserve, or budding crises that are still over the horizon.

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Precipice Fund
Deadline: Rolling

Precipice Fund awards grants to projects rooted in or strongly related to visual art. The lead applicant and majority of the project’s collaborators must reside within Portland, Oregon city limits.

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Puffin Foundation
Deadline: Rolling

The Puffin Foundation has sought to open the doors of artistic expression by providing grants to artists and art organizations that are often excluded from mainstream opportunities due to their race, gender, or social philosophy.

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National Geographic: Making the Case for Nature
Deadline: Rolling

We seek proposals from around the world that advance the science of nature communication by systematically testing visual and marketing methods; visualizing complex data; or developing and evaluating new techniques directed to motivate action to conserve wildlife.

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Open Society Foundation Fellowships
Deadline: Rolling

Once chosen, fellows will work on projects of their own design and passion. At the same time, they are expected to take advantage of the intellectual and logistical resources of the Open Society Foundations and contribute meaningfully to the Foundations’ thinking. Fellows will also have opportunities to collaborate with one another as a cohort. It is hoped that the fellowship will not only nurture theoretical debate but also bring about policy change and reform.

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Pulitzer Center
Deadline: April 23rd, 2018

Provides travel grants to journalists for international reporting projects that focus on underreported systemic crises, produced for distribution in US news media outlets.

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Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize
Deadline: May 15, 2018

The winner receives $10,000, features in Center for Documentary Studies’ print and digital publications, and inclusion in the Archive of Documentary Arts at Rubenstein Library, Duke University.

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Getty Images Grants for Editorial Photography
Deadline: May 15th, 2018

Grants for Editorial Photography, which will provide five total grants of $10,000 each to photojournalists pursuing projects of personal and journalistic significance.

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Howard Chapnick Grant
Deadline: May 31st, 2018

The annual $5,000 grant may be used to finance any of a range of qualified undertakings, which might include a program of further education, research, a special long-term sabbatical project, or an internship to work with a noteworthy group or individual. According to the Fund’s Board of Trustees, special consideration will be given to projects that promote social change and/or serve significant concerns of photojournalism. The grant is not intended to be used for the production of photographs, which will continue to be funded by the main grant of the Smith Fund.

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The Documentary Project Fund
Deadline: June 15th, 2018

The Documentary Project Fund was founded in 2012 as a 501(c)(3) to help make sure that photographers who want to tell the stories of their communities will be able to do so. We are here to encourage, through project support, photographers who have a community focus and a good story to tell. We believe that still photography, especially the documentary form, can be an incredibly powerful art. We can admire the beauty of each image, be challenged to think about the issues raised and come away with our biases tested.

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Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation for Documentary Photography & Film Grant
Deadline: Rolling

The Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation for Documentary Photography & Film will award one $5,000 USD grant to one documentary photography project based on the quality of the submitted 15-image portfolio, All proposed projects and submitted portfolios must be works of non-fiction and must be based on such pressing social issues as health, poverty, oppression, war, famine, religious/political persecution and similar topics. Proposals must be for new or continuing projects. Portfolios should be a representative sampling of your documentary work.

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Photocrati Fund
Deadline: Rolling

The Photocrati Fund offers a $5000 grant to a photographer to undertake an important humanitarian or environmental photography project. Our goal is to identify outstanding photographers and to provide support towards projects that will have a tangible and positive effect on the world. Applications are judged by our panel of distinguished reviewers. The grantee becomes a Photocrati Fellow for the calendar year from the announcement of his/her award until the announcement of the following year’s award.

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Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award
Deadline: Rolling

A key aim of the Award is to support the winning photojournalist by providing a global platform for their work to be seen and collected. The Carmignac Foundation collaborates with the winner throughout the entire project by offering the laureate 50,000€ to go into the field, financing a monograph and developing and staging an international touring exhibition upon their return. Four photographs from the winner’s portfolio then enter Carmignac’s prestigious art collection.

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Women Photograph + Nikon Grants

Deadline: May 15th, 2018

These $5,000 grants will support photography projects — either new or in-progress — from visual journalists working in a documentary capacity. Five grants are available, one of which will be earmarked for a non-binary or transgender photographer. Applicants are encouraged to submit a story, rather than singles, as part of the grant application. The images need not be related to the project proposal. Multimedia projects are welcome.

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Women Photograph + Getty Images Grant
Deadline: May 15th, 2018

Women Photograph has partnered with Getty Images to award a $10,000 grant in support of an ongoing documentary project from a professional photojournalist who has demonstrated a long-term commitment to their story.

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Rory Peck Assistance Grants
Deadline:  November 1st, 2018

RPT provides individual grants to freelance journalists and their families who find themselves in a critical situation. This may include freelancers who have been threatened, imprisoned, injured, forced into hiding or exile, or killed.

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Inge Morath Award
Deadline: Rolling

The annual Inge Morath Award is given to a woman photographer under thirty years of age, to assist in the completion of a long term documentary project. The winner and finalists are selected by the photographer members of Magnum Photos and a representative of the Morath Foundation at the Magnum annual meeting.

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Alexia Foundation Women’s Initiative Grant
Deadline: Rolling

Women’s Initiative Grant which will provide a $25,000 grant for a project to be produced on a significant issue involving and affecting women.

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Firecracker Photographic Grant
Deadline: Rolling

The Firecracker Photographic Grant is an annual award providing funding for a female photographer to aid with the completion of a documentary photographic project. Through a combination of self-initiated fundraising and with the generous support of Genesis Imaging, the Grant fund is a minimum financial contribution of £1,000 plus £1,000 credit of professional printing, mounting and framing services from Genesis Imaging.

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Aaron Siskind Individual Photographer’s Fellowship
Deadline: May 18, 2018

The Aaron Siskind Foundation is offering a limited number of Individual Photographer’s Fellowship grants of up to $10,000 each, for artists working in photography and photo-based art. Recipients will be determined by a panel of distinguished guest judges on the basis of artistic excellence, accomplishment to date, and the promise of future achievement in the medium in its widest sense. The Foundation seeks to support artists/photographers who demonstrate a serious commitment to the field, who are professionally active or employed in the field.

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Photogrvphy Grant 2018
Deadline: August 31st, 2018

PhotogrVphy Grant 2018 is open for submissions without any fees (free to enter) to support all photographers from every corner of the world. We only accept series of photographs which share a common theme and are built as a one consistent project in the following categories: Body, Climate, Daily Life, Experimental, Urban.

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Crusade Engagement Grant
Deadline: Rolling

The Crusade Engagement Grant supports artists to create unique, approachable programs that bring new audiences to photography and allow them to engage with art in a meaningful way. The goal of this grant is to empower artists to focus on creating demand for art, and thereby encourage systemic changes to create a new crop of art lovers, patrons and collectors.

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