Grants & Funding

Secrets of Successful Grant Writing: Mary F. Calvert

December 14, 2016

By David Walker

© Mary F. Calvert

A father stands in the room of his daughter, who drank herself to death after she was discharged for reporting her rape. Mary Calvert has worked to keep military sexual trauma in the media by constantly working on new angles, “so fewer and fewer people can say, ‘I didn’t know,’” she says.

Socially concerned photographers are always struggling to fund and distribute their personal projects. Magazines, media websites and blogs rarely pay enough to cover the fees and expenses of producing a short-term project, never mind the projects that many photographers pursue for years on end. That has forced photographers to dig deeper for funding, and get smarter and more creative about...

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