Frequently Asked Questions about the Howard Chapnick Grant

Do I apply for the Howard Chapnick Grant through this website
Yes. A fee of $25 USD is applicable from 2018 onward. The fee can be paid through this application website. You will be directed to a google form to submit your proposal after paying the fee here. Simply choose the Chapnick Grant after you register.

Is there any age restriction for applicants?

Can an organization apply?
While special consideration is given to ‘initiatives, organizations or projects’ that promote social change and/or serve significant concerns of photojournalism, the grant is constructed to recognize these ‘initiatives, organizations or projects’ through recognition of an individual. Commonly that person might be a founder, director or part of the leadership team, though this is not mandated by the Smith Fund.

Can students apply?

Can I submit my application by mail?
No, the Smith Fund does not accept applications by regular mail. The application is online only.

When will I be notified of the outcome of the Chapnick Grant?
We will send an email notification to all applicants in late August.

Does the Smith Fund offer guidance or commentary on the proposals?
No. The Chapnick Grant receives many submissions each year. With only a volunteer staff we cannot advise or offer feedback on submissions or proposals

Can I submit multiple applications for different projects?
Yes. Individuals can submit multiple proposals. A separate application (and fee) is required. Only one project can be included per application.

Can I enter if I live outside of the U.S.?
Yes. Except where prohibited by law, international applications can be submitted.

Do you still have questions?
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