23 May 2020 @ 10:00 – 24 May 2020 @ 18:00
Via Medardo Rosso
19, 20159 Milano MI

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Workshop: Grant Writing with Donald Weber

A two-day workshop over the weekend

Photography projects require money. Many photographers produce work at their own financial cost. There are, however, plenty of funding sources available from different organizations. These organizations are ready to support image makers providing funding for research, creation, production, travel and living expenses.

There is a definitive technique to grant writing, learn this and strengthen your chances of reaching the top of the pile.

Donald Weber is a successful recipient of many grants including a Guggenheim Fellowship, The Lange-Taylor Prize, The Duke & Duchess of York Prize, the Magnum Foundation’s Emergency Fund and multiple Canada Council for the Arts grants in the last few years. He’s used the funding to create multiple award-winning projects, on his own terms and own time.

from War Sand, Donald Weber’s last book


The Grant Writing Workshop covers a comprehensive overview of the entire grant writing process. Donald Weber breaks it down into four simple parts:

1) The Proposal. Don will examine some award winning proposals, including his Guggenheim Fellowship, Lange-Taylor and two Canada Council grants. We will also look at other award-winning proposals, including Robert Frank, Garry Winogrand, and other contemporary artists. We will look at why he wrote what he did and why it was successful. We will talk about the overall structure of writing a proposal, breaking it down into simple steps.

2) The Portfolio. After the proposal, an integral part of a successful grant is the portfolio and the editing of the photographs you choose. We examine what to look for and how to make the portfolio support your proposal.

3) The CV. Many people underestimate the power of a strong CV and its impact on a successful grant. We will discuss what makes a strong CV and how to turn your ordinary CV into extraordinary.

4) The Budget. A realistic and sensible budget is always necessary. Don will break down the differences between expenses, expected revenues, in-kind contributions, and other aspects of creating a practical, realistic budget enabling you to execute the proposal.

After the first day, students will have a grounding in what it means to seek clarity and will strive to articulate their vision. In the first half of the second day, students will have the opportunity to “pitch” their projects to the class and receive feedback from the group. Students will be expected to write a short text summarizing the major themes and subjects of their proposed project, and “pitch” orally to the group. A positive critique and feedback will be expected of all students, with input from Donald Weber.

By condensing thoughts and forcing yourself to articulate on not just paper, but orally as well, students will be able to clarify their position and seek the clarity they need to focus their work.

From Interrogations

What attendees have said about the workshop

This workshop is a good investment, it paid for itself when I received my first grant a couple months later.” Brett Gundlock, photographer and member of Boreal Collective

Don really does a good job of getting the main points across in the time allotted. The grant writing course is an obvious choice for anyone who is interested in doing independent work. Its not easy to get one of these things, but Don clearly knows how to do it and keeps no secrets.” Aaron Vincent Elkaim, a recent recipient of a Canada Council grant

Thanks for the very inspiring workshop! I can really see now what went wrong so far, and what to do differently from now on. I’m pretty sure there will be a grant soon!” David de Jong, Photographer, Amsterdam

If you ever take a workshop in how to get more and better grants, Donald’s is the one. He is that rare photographer who has managed to live and pursue projects for many years primarily on grants.” Bill Crandall, Photographer, Washington, DC

Former student Uwe Martin has won three separate grants totaling 16,000 Euro ($22,000) since taking the Grant Writing Workshop in Berlin.

Jared Soares received a Puffin Foundation Grant after completing the workshop in Washington, DC.

Aaron Vincent Elkaim won a $20,000 grant after taking the workshop in Toronto.

Brent Gundlock won $5,000 from the Ontario Arts Council. Peter Di Campo has won many awards and received two Pultizer Center grants totaling over $25,000 after completing the workshop.

Several other students have also received awards, prizes, been shortlisted and furthered their careers after taking the workshop, helping them preparing their proposals, edit their proposals and craft a better CV.

There is a definitive technique to grant writing, learn this and strengthen your chances of reaching the top of the pile!

© MANDY KLOETZER Photography

Prior to photography, Donald Weber originally trained as an architect and worked with Rem Koolhaas’ Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He is a photographer whose work explores the infrastructures of power in conjunction with the shadow states of globalized violence: societal, cultural, and economic.
Weber is the author of four books. His first, Bastard Eden, Our Chernobyl, won the photolucida Book Prize and asked a simple question: what is daily life actually like, in a post-atomic world? Interrogations, about post-Soviet authority in Ukraine and Russia, has gone on to much acclaim; it was selected to be included in Martin Parr and Gerry Badger’s seminal ‘The Photobook: A History, Volume III.’ Barricade: The EuroMaidan Revolt, is about the smoking language of revolution, made in collaboration with Ukrainian photographer Arthur Bondar. His latest, War Sand, tells the story of D-Day, from myth to micron.

He is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Lange-Taylor Prize, the Duke and Duchess of York Prize, two World Press Photo Awards and was a finalist for the prestigious Scotiabank Photography Prize.
His diverse photography projects have been exhibited as installations, exhibitions and screenings at festivals and galleries worldwide including the United Nations, Museum of the Army at Les Invalides in Paris, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Portland Museum of Art, the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Royal Ontario Museum. Weber is noted for his teaching, public presentations and workshops. He has three times been named ‘master’ for World Press Photo’s Joop Swart Masterclass and chaired the Documentary category of the World Press Photo Awards, 2015.
He is represented by Circuit Gallery in Toronto and is on the faculty of the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, The Netherlands in the Fine Art and Photography departments.

The workshop will be held in English and will take place at Micamera, in via Medardo Rosso 19, Milan (I)
on Saturday May 23 and Sunday May 24 from 10am to 6pm
maximum 13 students
cost: 300€
info and applications: giulia@micamera.com / (Micamera) + 39 02 4548 1569 / (mobile) +39 335 6817 917