The Aftermath Project

2024 Traditional Grant Application

19 January 2024
 
Dear Friends and Colleagues:
 
I have a heavy heart this year as I announce the opening of our traditional grant cycle. There is too much war in the world, too many civilian lives lost. Too many aftermaths to come.
 
We welcome your proposals for aftermath projects that will help the world make some kind of sense of this, and to care more deeply.
 
A particular note this year: we have always recognized that there are aftermaths in the midst of ongoing conflicts (we have awarded grants for work in Ukraine and Afghanistan, for example, for aftermath stories during wars in those places).
 
We understand that there are many aftermaths going on right now, as wars rage. Please feel free to submit a proposal about any of those aftermaths. You will receive our serious consideration.
 
Because this is our traditional post-conflict grant, it is open to working photographers covering post-conflict stories anywhere in the world. As always, we will name one winner of our $25,000 grant, and four finalists.
 
The application is now available on our website. The application deadline is March 15, 2024, and we plan to announce the grant winner and finalists by the end of that month.
 
Please read the enclosed information carefully. You will find:
 
  1. 1. An FAQ page about the new grant
  2. 2. Technical guidelines for your application and portfolio, and how to file
  3. 3. An application form which requires your signature and contact information
  4. 4. Terms and conditions for applying and what is expected of you as a grant winner or finalist
 
These should answer most, if not all, of your questions about the grant application process. Please be sure you’ve read them before asking additional questions. If you do need more information, send an email to:
 
 
Please be patient – you will definitely receive an answer, it may just take a little time. Please don’t wait until the last minute; we get swamped with applications at the very end and it’s harder to answer questions.
 
Thank you again for being part of the post-conflict conversation we have worked so hard to build. We look forward to receiving your proposals.
 
 
Kind regards,
 
Sara Terry
Founder/ Director, The Aftermath Project

APPLICATION GUIDELINES

YOUR APPLICATION MUST INCLUDE:
 
1. A signed application form, saved as a PDF or jpg file.
2. A project proposal, not to exceed two pages, saved as a .doc or .docx file. See FAQ for what your proposal should contain. INCLUDE A SUMMARY STATEMENT AT THE TOP OF YOUR PROPOSAL.
3. A portfolio of no more than 30 images, in jpg format. Please put caption information in the File Info section of each photo. You must label your images this way:
Your last name, followed by a number – Example:  Smith_1.jpg. 
Your images MUST be sized 1200 pixels on the longest side, at 72 dpi – with a file size of NO LARGER than 2 MB PER PHOTO.
4. A caption sheet, saved as a .doc or .docx file.  (Descriptions for each photo, including date made, etc).
5. A short bio, not longer than two paragraphs.
6. Do NOT send anything else with your application.
 
SEND YOUR APPLICATION:
 
Using a file sharing service like WeTransfer (or whatever you choose) to this email:
 
Please be patient; you will receive a confirmation that your application has been received.

Terms & Conditions

ELIGIBILITY:
 
1. The Aftermath Project is open to working photographers world-wide who are interested in creating work that helps illumine aftermath issues, and encourages greater public understanding and discussion of these issues.
2. Employees and directors of The Aftermath Project, and their immediate families are NOT eligible to apply for funding. Advisory board members and their immediate families are NOT eligible to apply for funding. Grant application judges, and their immediate families, are NOT eligible to apply for funding in the year that judges help choose grantees. 
3. Only those submissions including all required materials will be considered for entry.
4. Full-time students are not eligible.
 
REQUIREMENTS OF GRANT WINNER AND FINALIST(S):
 
Grant winner(s) and finalists retain all copyrights to their work. Obligations to The Aftermath Project are as follows:
1. Grant winner agrees to give The Aftermath Project 12 prints, chosen by will be chosen by The Aftermath Project in collaboration with the photographer, for its archives at project completion. Prints must be 16x20 inches or larger. 
2. Grant winner agrees to make at least 30 images from his/her 2024 grant work available to The Aftermath Project for possible exhibition and/or publication (No guarantees are made for publication or exhibition). In addition, grant winner agrees that work created with The Aftermath Project grant may be used for educational and/or community outreach purposes, including lesson plans. Images for such purposes will be chosen will be chosen by The Aftermath Project in collaboration with the photographer. The winner also agrees that images from his/her grant work may be used for publicity and press purposes by The Aftermath Project. Any photograph so used by The Aftermath Project will carry the photographer’s credit/copyright line. No compensation is guaranteed in any of these cases.
3. Finalists agree to make 10-15 images from their work submitted for the 2024 grant available to The Aftermath Project for possible exhibition and/or publication (No guarantees are made for publication or exhibition). In addition, finalists agree that work submitted for the 2024 Aftermath Project grant may be used for educational and/or community outreach purposes, including lesson plans.  Images for such purposes will be chosen by The Aftermath Project in collaboration with the photographer. Finalists also agree that images from his/her grant work may be used for publicity and press purposes by The Aftermath Project. Any photograph so used by The Aftermath Project will carry the photographer’s credit/copyright line. No compensation is guaranteed in any of these cases.
 
NOTE: If any compensation is available for photographs by winners or finalists for use of their images in press or publicity, The Aftermath Project will split those funds, 50-50, with the photographer. 
 
REPORTING AND DISTRIBUTION OF FUNDS, AND PROJECT DEADLINES:
Grant winner will receive one half of grant funds at project onset. Winner will be required to submit interim reports by dates designated in award letter and packet, and will receive 40% of their award mid-way through, and the remaining 10% upon delivery of 12 prints at project completion. All grant work MUST be completed by March 1, 2025; photographs must be delivered by May 1, 2025.
 
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS:
March 15, 2024  (midnight PST) 
 
Grant winner is responsible for reporting grant income for tax purposes as required by law.
 
FAQ
 
What is an eligible topic for this grant?
 
PLEASE NOTE: unlike our 1492/1619 American Aftermaths grant focus, this grant cycle is for a “traditional” Aftermath Project grant. The Aftermath Project’s mission is to support photographic projects that tell the other half of the story of conflict — the story of what it takes for individuals to learn to live again, to rebuild destroyed lives and homes, to restore civil societies, to address the lingering wounds of war while struggling to create new avenues for peace. Grant proposals should reflect an understanding of this mission. Proposals may relate to the aftermath of numerous kinds of conflict, not just international wars. The conflict may have been at the community level — for example, violence between rural ethnic groups or an urban riot in an industrialized country. It may have been a regional one, such as a rebel insurgency, or it may have been a full-scale war. There is no specific time frame that defines “aftermath,” although in general The Aftermath Project seeks to support stories which are no longer being covered by the mainstream media, or which have been ignored by the media. In general, conflict should be over for a situation to be deemed an “aftermath.” There are specific cases, however, where conflict may have continued for so long, or be the result of an aftermath situation, that they will be considered to be within the scope of The Aftermath Project. If you have doubts about whether your proposal meets these guidelines, please email aftermathprojectinfo@gmail.com.
 
Please do not send proposals about the aftermaths of domestic violence or environmental disaster, etc, unless they are clearly framed as the aftermath of conflict.
 
Who is eligible to apply for this grant?
 
The grant is open to working photographers worldwide, who are working on post-conflict projects. Full-time students are not eligible to apply. Again, send any questions to: aftermathprojectinfo@gmail.com
 
What should my proposal include?
 
A project statement: Your proposal should include a project statement of not more than two pages, which clearly outlines the work you want to do. Your statement will be as important as your photos in the judging process; Your proposal MUST also indicate any publishing or exhibition commitments for your proposed grant work.
A summary statement at the top of your written statement which explains your project in two or three lines.
A portfolio of up to 30 images which shows your skills as a visual storyteller.
A short bio, not longer than two paragraphs.
You do not need to include a budget, but your proposal should indicate the scope of the work you plan to do during your grant year (travels, research, etc).
See the technical guidelines page for further information.
 
Can this grant be used for video and audio projects?
 
No. This is a grant to support the production of a still photography project. Your project may include those elements, but grant money may not be used to create them (or to hire someone to create them). We believe in the power of still imagery and the need for photographers to have the free mental space to concentrate on image-making and nothing else. These images, however, may include accompanying text of some kind, ie, interviews of portrait subjects; text written on photos, etc.
 
Can this grant be used for exhibitions or book publication?
 
No. This is a production grant, to support the creation of a body of work. It is NOT a distribution grant, which supports exhibitions and publications.
 
What if I haven’t started my project yet?
 
It’s okay if you haven’t yet begun the project you are proposing. Please submit other images that show your photographic and storytelling skills. If you have begun the project you are proposing, please include a selection of those images in your portfolio.
 
What are my obligations to the Aftermath Project if I win the grant or am named a finalist?
 
Please see the “requirements of grant winners and finalists” section on the Terms and Conditions page.
 
When will the grant winner and finalists be announced?
 
We will announce the grant winner and finalists by the end of March. As always, a group email will be sent out to all applicants before the public announcement of the results.
 
What is the deadline? Can I ask for an extension?
 
The deadline is midnight (PST), March 15, 2024. Extensions of a few days will only be granted under extraordinary circumstances (think natural disasters, not busy schedules).

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