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How to Approach an NGO/Company for Project Money?

I’m starting a series of portraits of inmates under the title Second Look. I’m trying to show how people are people, and how nearly everyone deserves a baseline of respect. I did my first shoot with loaned (for free) equipment from my schools photography dept; I will no longer have access to their gear as I’m transferring. How would I approach a company/ngo to sponsor me? Emailing a general “contact us” feels like a brick wall; better to know someone. I’d be looking for something in the range of $1500-7000 USD. Would I be better off with Kickstarter?

by Phil Garber at 2013-05-09 03:52:21 UTC | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Phil,it’s highly unlikely that an NGO are going to fork out for you to buy a new gear.Most have very low budgets for visual media and as they are NGO’s they are usually not in the position to buy equipment for a random person. They can barely fund projects with photographers who have full equipment never mind someone with none.The best thing would be to seek a loan from whatever sources you have and pay it back by whatever means possible.When I started out thats the route I took.Its the harder route, but if you really want to make a go of things you will put up with it for a few years.Also,NGO’s or organisations may got offended by asking for money for equipment.Perhaps there may be an arts or college grant you could look for.I’m not sure kickstart will accept your project if you state you need the money to buy equipment.Best.Phil

by Phil Behan | 09 May 2013 13:05 (ed. May 9 2013) | Guangzhou, China | | Report spam→
Thank you for the reply. You’re probably right about the NGO’s; I was going off of a professor’s advice, but you make more sense. I’ve seen quite a few photography projects on Kickstarter, but I guess I’ll have to look more closely at what exactly they’re using the money for.

by Phil Garber | 09 May 2013 19:05 | | Report spam→
Getting the gear is one part of the equation; supporting the project is the other. The former actually maybe easier—you can tap friends, family, day-job, etc to acquire tangible assets. Supporting the project is different and may be harder, because the ‘asset’ is less tangible. Try emphas.is, a crowdsourcing photojournalism site. Where do we see your first shoot?

by John Rudoff | 10 May 2013 04:05 | Portland Oregon, United States | | Report spam→
I just turned 18, so all my friends are teenage-level broke. Don’t have a job yet either.. I’ll check out that site right now; it sounds intriguing. What do you mean by “support” as opposed to funding? I don’t have the images online yet, as I’ve done all my editing from an uncalibrated monitor. Feels kinda.. Futile.

Edit – I can link you to some proof-esqe stuff if you’re interested. Thanks for your reply.

by Phil Garber | 10 May 2013 04:05 (ed. May 10 2013) | | Report spam→
Providing you are not in a hurry and have good set of pictures/start of a portfolio looking and applying for funding grants may be an option. However if you don’t have a track record it may be a struggle
Try this as a start http://www.david-campbell.org/photography/grants/

by Gary Austin | 11 May 2013 21:05 | Derby, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
Providing you are not in a hurry and have good set of pictures/start of a portfolio looking and applying for funding grants may be an option. However if you don’t have a track record it may be a struggle
Try this as a start http://www.david-campbell.org/photography/grants/

by Gary Austin | 11 May 2013 21:05 | Derby, United Kingdom | | Report spam→
I’ll check that page out; thank you very much.

by Phil Garber | 12 May 2013 05:05 | | Report spam→

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Phil Garber, Student Phil Garber
Student
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Phil Behan, Photographer Phil Behan
Photographer
(Photographer)
Gaozhou , China
En route to Urumqi (ETA: Apr 25 2014 ).
John  Rudoff, Still Photography John Rudoff
Still Photography
(Photographer)
Portland Oregon , United States
Gary Austin, Photojournalist Gary Austin
Photojournalist
(British Photojournalist)
Derby , United Kingdom ( EMA )


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