Through funds raised from subscription sales, we have started a micro-grant program to support reporting and storytelling on global humanitarian issues. This is at the heart of our social mission.

Grants typically range from $500 $1,000 and go towards bloggers, journalists, photographers, filmmakers and storytellers of all stripes from all around the world. Since our community of subscribers are ultimately the ones who fund these grants, we seek their participation in selecting our grantees. In the past we have run competitions either by ourselves or in conjunction with other similarly minded organizations, including Global Citizen.  Here is a list of our previous grantees.

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As we grow, so will our grants program.  If you have any questions please send us an email.

The projects we support offer interesting takes on stories that do not often make it to the mainstream.  Our goal is to offer a modicum of financial support to people who have compelling stories to tell, but need an extra bit of help.

To date our grants program has supported:

-Alanna Torralba, a photographer in the Philippines who is documenting women of low means surviving with breast cancer;

-The Yemeni journalist, Kafa al Hashli reporting on the plight of families displaced by conflict in southern Yemen;

-The award winning reporting team of Anna Marie Barry-Jester and Sasha Chavkin investigating a mysterious kidney disease afflicting people in India and Sri Lanka.

– Regina Zoneziwoh who is telling the stories of grassroots women leaders involved in community mobilization, HIV/AIDS, peace building, social justice, and human rights advocacy in Cameroon

– Shanoor Seervai from India who is documenting the lives of sex workers in Mumbai, India to tell their stories, with a particular focus on the relationship between sex workers and their children.