Vital Impacts is a women-led 501c3 non-profit organization that uses art and storytelling to amplify and support the work of communities who are protecting people, wildlife and habitats worldwide. The mission of our non-profit is to support both grassroots conservation organizations and the photographers and artists who work to tell critical environmental stories.
The purpose of our grants is to support and encourage visual storytellers to create a long-term documentary photography project with local communities who are working to protect the environment and wildlife.
Vital Impacts will be awarding two $20,000(US) grants to support the development of a documentary project on the work of an environmental story over the course of twelve months. The grants are for two separate photographers working on two separate projects. The grants will fund visual stories that highlight solution based environmental initiatives. It is designed to give the recipients time, mentoring and intellectual freedom to produce a body of work over twelve months.
Vital Impacts will also be awarding the Ian Lemariyan Memorial Grant to one African photographer. The Ian Lemariyan Memorial Grant will provide $1000 (US) to help support the recipient’s photographic work.
The Vital Impacts team will provide mentorship and guidance to the recipients of the grants over the course of their implementation.
In addition to funding the Grant, Vital Impacts will be offering a mentorship program to 50 applicants for the Vital Impacts Environmental Grant. Mentorship recipients will be paired with experienced environmental storytellers and editors for a twelve-month for a 1-on-1 mentorships program. They will also take part in a series of 12 classes with leading environmental and photographic figures. The mentorship program will also include opportunities for broader collaboration, exhibition opportunities and for publication of the mentees’ work.
Vital Impacts is looking for local photographers in a community who have experience and passion for reporting on an issue, particularly as it relates to the community where it is found, and who are looking to delve deeper and tell a meaningful story that communicates the challenges and solutions to an environmental or conservation issue.
It is a requirement that the recipient document a local story. This grant is meant to support local journalism and we are not looking to fund photographers who are coming from an outside community or country.
All applicants must be able to agree to and sign our Environmental Grant Agreement.
Grantee cannot be the target of sanctions or located or resident in a country, territory or region that is the target of comprehensive territorial sanctions.
Prior publication experience is not a requirement. Vital Impacts is particularly interested in uplifting photographers who have been working on long term projects and who have existing relationships with the stakeholders in this issue.
Please feel free to contact us.