National Geographic: Documenting Human Migrations
There are over 65,000,000 refugees in the world today and millions more “environmental migrants” are expected over the coming decades. These migrations are challenging social bonds and resource allocations across the world, motivating political agendas and potential backlash, but also creating new and dynamic multicultural communities. The goal of the Documenting Human Migrations program is to support impactful projects that – through education or storytelling – seek to increase understanding of and acceptance of migrants and migrant communities. Types of human migrations include (but are not limited to) nomadic communities, refugees of all kinds, migrant labor, victims of human trafficking, and people exploring the planet and beyond.
Priority will be given to projects that aim to do one or more of the following through education or storytelling:
- Document the causes and effects of one or more examples of present-day human migration
- Document the lives of present-day migrants, their journeys, and receiving communities
- Develop and test out classroom resources, curricula, or public outreach materials that aim to increase understanding of the migrant experience and acceptance of migrant communities
Amount: Typical proposal requests should be less than $30,000; however, applicants may request up to $70,000. Successful applicants may use awarded funds over one or two years.
Eligibility: Individuals who are at least 18 years old. Organizations can also apply for grants, but the person within the organization who will lead the project—not the institution—should be the applicant. Giving is on an international basis.
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