Digital storytelling can take many shapes - such as a thoughtful series of photographs with creative captions posted on Instagram, a short video with interviews, fireline footage, and/or narration shot on your smartphone and shared on Vimeo, or a blog-post that showcases writing and artwork from the fireline. These are just a few examples of digital storytelling that wildland firefighters are creating every season - we are open to all storytelling concepts and proposals. Put simply, at The American Wildfire Experience, we want to encourage and promote quality wildland fire storytelling that helps influence public perceptions about wildland fire and shines a light on our human experience with fire.
We are excited to be offering one three (3) micro-grants in our videography and photography categories to Canadian wildland firefighters for the 2019 fire season - at US $500.00 apiece. It is our hope that these grants will encourage thoughtful wildland fire storytelling by active content creators on social media, improve the production value of our grantee’s creative works by providing digital storytelling equipment/tools, and will begin to build a cadre of wildland firefighters developing engaging content well aligned with AWE’s mission. We are excited that you are interested in applying and look forward to reviewing your proposal!
If you would like your application to be considered in more than one focus area, your project proposal must support content development in each area you'd like to be considered. It's important to note, however, that individuals are only eligible to receive one grant.
Our grants are open to individuals who work in the wildland fire industry in Canada. We welcome applicants from all levels, organizations, and positions.
You might propose to create a series of profile/headshots of fellow crew members during mop-up (to showcase the camaraderie of a fire crew), a time-lapse video of landscape regeneration after an early-spring prescribed fire (to generate discussion about the role of fire in the environment), a three-part blog post on a specific wildland fire policy issue (to help educate people on fire management), or a compilation of fire season poetry (to illustrate firefighters' intimate connection to nature), or.... The possibilities are endless.
Be sure to tell us what you propose to create and what you hope to convey through your digital storytelling.
This grant requires that a minimum of fifty-percent of your budget be allocated towards purchasing tools, equipment, or software that support your storytelling efforts. Your budget should delineate what you will be purchasing (and the expected cost) and how the remaining portion of the funds will be used. If your budget proposal exceeds $500.00, please indicate how the remaining portion will be funded.
Grant winners will be required to commit to producing a set amount of content throughout the grant period, to which AWE and grant sponsors will have permission to share on social media (with credit, of course). Grant winners will be encouraged to use the #lifeonethefireline, #americanwildfireexperience, #thesmokeygeneration, #builtforthemission, and #waterax (or other) hashtags during the 2019 fire season.
You agree that to the best of your knowledge, the information contained in this application is true and correct and that you retain all copyright to the material submitted as part of this application.
Submitting this application does not guarantee award. Grant winners will be notified no later than March 15, 2019.