5 Special Grants Opportunities For African Journalists, Content Creators This Week

5 Special Grants Opportunities For African Journalists, Content Creators This Week

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By Isaac Chukwuebuka Chibuife

In the heart of Africa’s vibrant media landscape, five special grant opportunities have emerged for journalists and content creators to embrace innovation and share their unique voices with the world.

These grants are specifically designed to support African talent in the field of journalism and content creation, providing financial assistance, mentorship and valuable resources to help bring their ideas to life. Read on to discover the exciting opportunities that await you and how you can apply to secure funding for your next groundbreaking project.


1. The McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalism

The Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Center for Business Journalism provides experienced journalists with grants up to $15,000 and the editorial support needed to produce deeply reported enterprise and investigative stories that delve into critical economic, financial or business issues across a wide array of subjects. You don’t need to be a business reporter to apply. You could cover beats such as health care, education, and the environment, or be a generalist.

Proposals are considered by freelance and staff journalists in all forms of media such as text, audio, photo and short-form video.

Eligibility: The McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalism is open to everyone with at least five years of professional experience in journalism

How to Apply: Applicant should submit a well-articulated proposal of not more than three pages to the email: mcgrawcenter@journalism.cuny.edu. The deadline for application is September 30, 2023.

For more information, visit: here

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2. Documentary Africa

Documentary Africa popularly referred to as DocA is a unique Pan-African initiative that aims to cultivate and nourish a self-sustaining documentary film ecosystem in Africa.

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It aims at supporting the African documentary film industry through interconnected initiatives in storytelling development and content creation, knowledge-building and sharing, distribution and audience building. Its focus is to enable African documentary filmmakers to tell African narratives through the African lens.

Applications are open to provide financial support for development, production, postproduction and impact production of documentary films to filmmakers and producers from the African continent.

Interested applicants would get up to $10,000 in production support and get access to festivals, film markets, mentorship, workshops, and training.

Deadline is September 18, 2023.

For more details, interested applicants should visit https://documentaryafrica.org/grants/


3. EbonyLife Creative Academy & Jobberman Short Film Competition

Jobberman Nigeria in partnership with EbonyLife Creative Academy (ELCA) is organising a first-of-its-kind short-film competition for content creators in Nigeria to capture key findings in its latest How Young People Survive without Jobs report.

Winners of the competition will receive;

Up to N2 million in Cinematography equipment

Sony a6400 4K Mirrorless Cameras

Sony ZV-E10 Mirrorless Camera

Videography Masterclasses at ELCA

How to Apply: Participating content creators are required to create a 3 to 5-minute short film that captures key findings from Jobberman’s How Young People Survive without Jobs report, published in partnership with the MasterCard Foundation.

Interested participants are to post their video entries on their social media pages using #JobbermanELCAShortFilm

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Participants can download the Jobberman report here: https://www.jobberman.com/research

All entries must be published by August 24, 2023.

For more details, interested applicants should visit: https://ebonylifecreativeacademy.com/jobberman/ for more details.


4. Kreafrika- Entrepreneurship and Financing in Cultural and Creative Industries 2023

The “Entrepreneurship and Financing in Cultural and Creative Industries” programme is being implemented in collaboration with HEVA Fund (An East African Organization that invests in the fashion, digital content, art, crafts and décor industries).

KreAfrika is a project targeting both existing and future professionals in Africa’s cultural and creative industries (CCIs). It aims to bring together public, private and associative actors of the sector to discuss their professional practices and experience. Through online training, networking and on-site seminars, the programme’s beneficiaries will be able to acquire new skills, build a professional network and successfully execute their projects.

The training will cover a range of topics including:

From ideation to successfully running a business.

Cultural entrepreneurship in the African context.

Developing the mindset of a creative entrepreneur.

Crafting an innovative business plan.

Understanding the available sources of investment for creative businesses.

Eligibility criteria:

Be a citizen and resident of an African country.

Run or have launched a creative business (at least three years).

A sufficient level of English language expression/comprehension is required.

Deadline is September 17, 2023.

For further details, interested applicants are to visit: here


5. Drone Journalism for the African Drone Community

Code for Africa (CfA) is the continent’s largest network of indigenous African civic technology and investigative data journalism laboratories. CfA is building and fostering communities specifically designed to equip them with essential knowledge and skills to effectively understand drone journalism through the African Drone community. 

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This training is a comprehensive program that explores the dynamic intersection of drone technology with journalism, communications and mapping applications. 

This training is specifically designed for journalism students, media professionals (journalists, photographers, and videographers), photography and videography enthusiasts, and communications and PR professionals who will be interested in learning Drone Journalism. 

Code for Africa is organising a 5-day online training on Drone Journalism. Interested persons should please register here  

Isaac Chukwuebuka Chibuife
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