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Stephanie Sinclair on Writing Grant Proposals with Personal Appeal

December 30, 2016

By Holly Stuart Hughes

© Stephanie Sinclair

Stephanie Sinclair’s 2008 application for the Alexia Foundation Professional Grant included her personal stories about young girls forced into marriage, and included work on child brides in Nepal, where she had photographed a teenage couple.

In our article on successful grant-writing, Mary F. Calvert says she changed the way she wrote grant applications after reading Stephanie Sinclair’s winning project proposal for the 2008 Alexia Foundation Professional Grant. Sinclair’s proposal “was personal and conversational about a specific person,” Calvert recalls. Sinclair sought Alexia funding to continue her work on girls as young as 8 who are...

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