Apply for a $1,000 Storytelling Grant

DAWNS is a mission-driven enterprise to help lower the barriers to compelling humanitarian storytelling. Since launching our service a year ago we have given away three storytelling grants, totaling $1,500.  We are accepting applications for two $1,000 humanitarian reporting and storytelling grants. DAWNS is partnering with Global Citizen which is helping fund this project. Selecting the grantees will community supported effort.

Call for Applications:

Global Citizen and the Development and Aid World News Service are announcing a new round of microgrants. We will give away two $1,000 grants to reporters, bloggers, photographers film makers or anyone with a compelling humanitarian story to tell.

Who Should Apply:

Our grants are open to anyone, anywhere in the word. Our ideal grantees have excellent story ideas or projects underway, but need a small modicum of financial support to help them in some tangible way. (Here is a list of previous grantees.) If you need a new camera lens; some help to pay for a translator; some financial assistance to pay for travel related to your project, then you should apply. Your project should already be off the ground, or close to it. You need to demonstrate to us how $1000 can be put to productive use.

Who Should Not Apply:

This is strictly a storytelling grant. We are here to help people tell local stories of global significance. Unfortunately, that means that we will not fund aid projects. If you are an NGO looking for support to build a school or something like that, you should not apply.

Selection Process:

Giving away this grant will be a community driven effort. The team at DAWNS and Global Citizen will narrow down the applicants to a group of about 10 exceptional finalists. If you are one of the 10 finalists, your application will then be posted to Global Citizen’s website and our community will select the two winners through a competitive voting process.

Who We Are:

Global Citizen is a tool to amplify and unite a generation’s call for justice. It’s a place for you to learn, and act, to bring an end to extreme poverty. Global Citizens know that a world that deprives 1.3 billion people of their basic rights and opportunities is unjust and unacceptable. We celebrate the efforts made to cut extreme poverty by half, but recognize more still needs to be done. Global Citizen is powered by the Global Poverty Project. We’re a not-for-profit organization whose vision is much like yours: to live in a world without extreme poverty. Learn more at

The Development and Aid World News Service (DAWNS) is a media platform for people interested in global news. Our flagship product is the DAWNS Digest, a hand-curated subscription-based daily news clipping service and mobile app that delivers an easy to read snapshot of the day’s global humanitarian news. We aim to firmly establish DAWNS as a platform to support journalism for the humanitarian community. With revenue generated through subscriptions to DAWNS Digest we have started a micro-grant program to support reporting and storytelling on global humanitarian issues. Learn more at

Timeline (subject to change)

January 7: Applications Open

January 25: Applications Close

February 5: Finalists Announced. Voting Begins

February 27: Voting Closes

February 28: Grants Awarded
How to Apply:

Fill out the application below or go here. Our application is intended to be very easy and accessible. If you have any questions, please email us at