Open Society Opens Call for 2014 Audience Engagement Grant

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The Open Society Documentary Photography Project is soliciting calls for the 2014 Audience Engagement Grant Program, a funding opportunity for photographers documenting a human rights or social justice issue to enact change. Deadline to apply is July 8th, 2014.


Beginning this year, two tracks of support will be offered to individuals at different phases of their Audience Engagement Projects:

  • Track One: Project Development – Grantees will receive funding to attend an Open Society–organized retreat in December of 2014. This event will be designed in collaboration with Creative Capital’s Professional Development Program. Attendees will become part of a larger Audience Engagement Grant cohort, with opportunities to connect both during the conference and after.
  • Track Two: Project Implementation – Grantees will receive funding to execute (or continue executing) their projects as well as attend December’s retreat.


  • Documentary photographers, photo-based artists, and socially engaged practitioners who use their work to move target audiences beyond the act of looking, to directly participate in activities or processes that lead to change around an issue.
  • Individuals who establish meaningful partnerships with others committed to realizing change and who bring a complementary set of skills and expertise.
  • Projects that use photography or photo-based art creatively and innovatively to reach a project’s unique audience.
  • Projects with goals that are ambitious, yet realistic and achievable.


Submit your applications online at If you have questions about which track you should apply for, or if your project is eligible, contact Anna Overstrom-Coleman at (include the subject line: “Audience Engagement Grant”).