Posted by: Jeff Langevin | April 30, 2010

The Anatomy of a Successful Grant Proposal

If you’re passionate about a social issue, you’ve almost certainly thought about how you might leverage your photographic skills to help raise awareness.  One part in the process might be to apply for grants to help support the expenses of a more involved project.  You always face stiff  competition, but in this slow economy the competition for dollars is even more fierce.

Check out this article over at PDN for what goes into a successful proposal.  In this case, the 1st place grant was $15,000 through the Alexia Foundation.  If you’re considering submitting a proposal for a grant, this is must-read information.

What I like about this article is that they not only provide the proposal text and image portfolio submitted, but they also talk to the judges to find out what factors weighed heavily in choosing the winner.  Not only is an intimate knowledge about your subject required, but also a passion and perspective that can provide a unique insight into the issue at hand.

This year, for only the second time in its history, the Alexia Foundation awarded a second grant for $7500.  I highly recommend taking a look at the grant proposal and its accompanying images for another example of a winning proposal.


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