Alexia Foundation for World Peace
178 Sleepy Hollow Road
PO Box 87
Bloomingdale, NJ 07403
Type of foundation: Independent
Types of grants: Production grants, scholarships
Description: The Alexia Foundation promotes the power of photojournalism to give voice to social injustice. The foundation is named for Alexia Tsairis, a student at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications, who was killed in the terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988. Through grants, scholarships and special projects, the foundation supports photographers as agents of change. Since its inception in 1991, The foundation has awarded $700,000 to 110 photography students and 18 professional photojournalists producing 128 funded projects. Award programs include:
- The Alexia Grant: The foundation annually awards production grants to students and professional photographers to give them the financial ability to produce a substantial story that drives change in the effort to make the world a better place. The Alexia Grant is not restricted by content theme.
- The Women’s Initiative Grant: In 2012, the foundation launched a major new initiative to highlight abuse of women in the United States. The foundation seeks projects that focus on women in the United States, but that have global significance. The foundation will award a grant of $25,000 to one professional photographer. The Alexia Foundation expects to assist the photographer in creating a multimedia production of the finished work. While his can be done with still pictures only, the foundation encourages proposals with video components as well as still images.
Sample Grants: Examples of work funded by the Alexia Foundation are available here.
Fit for public broadcasting: Photojournalists working in the public media industry are eligible to apply. This grant may be of particular interest to independent producers and/or photographers involved with the Women and Children Lead initiative.
Eligibility: Any photographer may apply for the Women’s Initiative grant. This award is for an individual photographer. Collaborative applications are not accepted. The foundation prefers proposals for stories that have not been published. It will consider proposals for projects that are already in progress and will also consider proposals for stories that further expand and develop concepts that have been published already.
Deadline: The foundation is currently accepting applications for the Women’s Initiative grant. The deadline is August 15, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. EST.
How to apply: Guidelines for the Women’s Initiative grant are available on this page. A well-written statement of purpose proposal is required. This is not a portfolio competition. The grant will be awarded to a photojournalist who can write a concise, focused, and meaningful story proposal concerning women’s abuse and who can demonstrate the ability to visually execute that story with compelling images. Applications are submitted online and are not anonymous. For questions about Competitions, send inquires to firstname.lastname@example.org
Giving range: The Women’s Initiative Grant will be $25,000.
Assets: $614,383 (2010).
Total giving: $34,732 (2010).