A Blade of Grass: Grants for Journalism

OVERVIEW: A Blade of Grass seeks social change through the arts and supports of out-of-the-box artistic thinkers and implementers through fellowship programs.

IP TAKE: A Blade of Grass’ fellowship program supports artists who are not only socially conscious, but socially active. Journalist grantseekers seeking a fellowship here should pursue journalism that is art-immersive and socially progressive.

PROFILE: A Blade of Grass seeks to “provide resources to artists who demonstrate artistic excellence and serve as innovative conduits for social change.” The organization provides journalism funding through its Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art, which supports individual artists and artist collectives with one-year funding of $20,000, as well as capacity-building tools, such as strategic support, assessment tools, and video documentation of the artists’ work.

Grantseekers should look over A Blade of Grass’ past fellowship recipients page to better understand the organizations’ expectations for social engagement. Perusing past recipients will also give a strong sense of how this funder views and pursues its journalism support: not only with output that is artistic but also that wholly engages those who might traditionally only be viewed as the subjects of the journalism.

Unlike many journalistic fellowship opportunities, this one is an open application. The deadline is typically in the fall.


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