Alexia Foundation: Grants for Visual Arts

OVERVIEW: The Alexia Foundation supports visual journalism through student and professional grants.

IP TAKE: This funder prioritizes projects with a local component and prefers to fund projects that are works-in-progress rather than projects still in the planning stage.

PROFILE: Created in 1991, Alexia Foundation honors the memory of Alexia Tsairis, a communications student at Syracuse University who lost her life in the Lockerbie bombing in December 1988. The foundation seeks to promote “the power of photojournalism to give voice to social injustice, to respect history lest we forget it and to understand cultural difference as our strength – not our weakness.” It supports photojournalism as a force for change through grants and scholarships.

Alexia Student Grants supports current college student photographers who “share the Foundation’s goals of promoting world peace and cultural understanding.” Applicants must be currently pursuing a degree and may not have worked as a professional photographer for more than a year. Funding amounts vary depending on the applicant’s academic level and project status.

Alexia Professional Grants support professional photographers with a $20,000 grant to help fund a project that shares “the Foundation’s goals of promoting world peace and cultural understanding.” Proposed projects that have received more than $10,100 in grants in the preceding year are ineligible. The grants only fund individuals; teams are ineligible.

The foundation has made over $1,500,000 in grants to students and professionals since 1991. Grant seekers should check out the Grants page for complete submission guidelines and to apply. View past grantees here.

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