How to apply
Documentary makers, photographers, documentalists and journalists who are active in Southeast Asia and who want to cover an LGBT story, issue, subject or project are invited to submit an application. The application form provides more information about who can apply for a grant and how to do it.
Take notice. Because of limited resources at this moment, we can only accept applications with a maximum of US 1.500 from documentary makers and photographers who are born and live in Southeast Asia.
We may use your proposal in our fundraising efforts, but only after consulting you about that first. We are looking forward to receive your ideas.
If we decide to give you support, we will make a contract with you before actually starting the support. The contract will need to be signed by both parties (you and us). You can have a look at the model contract here.
Projects to be supported
Document Our History Now wants to support local photographers, documentary makers, documentalists and journalists in looking up LGBT persons and record their stories. The individuals concerned have been active in this area for a long time already and their life stories have never been recorded. We call this project ‘Our Elders’.
Document Our History Now wants to support local photographers, documentary makers, documentalists and journalists in portraying LGBT youths, making them visible via social media. In Southeast Asia (where in some countries half of the population is under the age of 25), it is essential that young LGBTs will have role models for identification, inspiration and hope. Social media offer new ways to share personal stories with other individuals. We call this project ‘Our Youth’.
Our Stories, Our History
Document Our History Now wants to encourage local photographers, documentary makers, documentalitsts and journalist to tell the stories about the current living and social-cultural position of LGBT: stories that are relevant to be told, need to be told. These stories can be socially, politically and culturally controversial, but nevertheless historically relevant. We call this project ‘Our Stories, Our History’.
Document Our History Now wants to encourage local photographers, documentary makers, documentalists and journalists to increase the visibility of the LGBT community with new projects. That could mean providing the individuals concerned with further schooling, training or exchanges in the area of project-based work. They may need to learn more about the use of social marketing and social media for emancipatory objectives or learn specific professional skills, such as working with special software. We call this project ‘Our Skills’.
What is our way of working?
Photographers, documentary makers, documentalists and journalists in Southeast Asia can send us their ideas or submit applications for projects. Experts will advise us when it comes to awarding grants (the criteria can be found on our application form). The final products will be visible on our website and/or via social media.
Ideally, the applicants will carry out their projects in collaboration with a local NGO or, if safe enough, with the government. We also encourage local NGOs or governments to co-finance or participate in the projects. In that sense, we are trying to promote the local embedding of projects and to create a basis of support for them and strengthen the position of LGBT in general.