The National Geographic Society has issued a Request for Proposals for its Documenting Human Migrations program, which supports projects globally that use storytelling and education to inspire empathy and action from policy makers and people of all ages with respect to migrant and refugee communities.
There are over 65 million refugees in the world today and millions of additional "environmental migrants" are expected to be on the move over the coming decades. These migrations are challenging social bonds and resource allocations globally, motivating political agendas and generating backlash, but also creating new and dynamic multicultural communities. The goal of this RFP is to support impactful projects that — through education or storytelling — seek to increase understanding and acceptance of migrants and migrant communities.
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; and/or develop and test out classroom resources, curricula, or public outreach materials designed to increase understanding of the migrant experience and acceptance of migrant communities.
Typical funding requests should be less than $30,000; however, applicants may request up to $70,000. Up to 20 percent of the total can be used as a stipend for the applicant and/or team members.
For complete program guidelines and application guidelines, see the National Geographic Society website.