HCP's mission is to increase society's understanding and appreciation of photography and its evolving role in contemporary culture. HCP strives to encourage artists, build audiences, stimulate dialogue, and promote inquiry about photography and related media through education, exhibitions, publications, fellowship programs, and community collaboration.

Since its founding, HCP has earned an international reputation for exhibitions of current and relevant work that have helped to define the state of photography. HCP's exhibitions have included works by some of the most important photographers of the 20th and 21st centuries, as well as the work of many emerging photographers who are now established professionals.

APPLICATION OPENS: May 15, 2020
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: June 15, 2020 at 11:59pm CST

In response to the current crisis presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, Houston Center for Photography and The Beth Block Foundation have redistributed funds from the Beth Block Honoraria, which annually supports three artists with $1,000 grants during our summer Center Annual exhibition, to create a one-time, emergency relief grant for a local photographer impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

This $3,000 grant is intended to provide support through this crisis that will be used for basic needs by a local, lens-based artist. Applicants must be practicing photographers, able to demonstrate a commitment to their work, careers, and public audiences, and reside within a 100-mile radius of Houston, Texas. Photographers of all disciplines, regardless of race, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability status, or socioeconomic class, are encouraged to apply. 

Applications will be accepted from May 15, 2020 through June 15, 2020. One applicant will be selected by July 15, 2020. 

To be eligible for the Beth Block Relief Grant, applicants must be: 

  • Experiencing demonstrable financial emergencies due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Practicing photographers, able to demonstrate a commitment to their work, careers, & public audiences
  • Able to provide a W9 —we will collect this information after you’ve been notified of your selection
  • Residing and working within 100 miles of Houston, TX 


SUBMISSION STEPS: 

STEP 1. PREPARE ALL NEEDED MATERIALS

You will need to have the following information available:

a. A one-page letter of intent & statement of financial need that describes how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted your financial wellbeing, why you need support at this moment, and details about how this grant would be used (food, housing, utilities, caretaking of dependents, medical assistance, etc). 

b. Brief statement about you & your work. 

c. Resume, CV, or other documentation of recent and sustained activity in artistic discipline.

d. Please provide a URL to your website, social media, press link, or any other digital presence that demonstrates your work.

STEP 2. BEGIN YOUR APPLICATION PROCESS

You will need to click submit to begin the submission process. Then you can start to copy/paste your letter of intent and financial need and C/V into the form and complete the questions. 


HCP staff, Board, Advisory Council, Committee members, and their significant others are not eligible to apply.

FOR QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR SUBMISSION PLEASE CONTACT:
Zitlaly Valenzuela Jimenez, Development Coordinator
713-529-4755 x16 or zitlaly@hcponline.org


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