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VOW STORY FUND

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The VOW Story Fund is a unique opportunity for storytellers working in the field of human rights to receive holistic support for oral history projects that amplify the voices of people directly impacted by contemporary injustice.

The Fund allows us to incubate and develop new projects by providing oral history training, editorial guidance, and project funding to a diversity of human rights storytellers in need of institutional support.

Launched in spring of 2016, the Fund supports projects from storytellers of all stripes, including journalists, novelists, scholars, educators, and advocates.

Our goals are to:

  1. Promote ethical, empathy-based storytelling to illuminate human rights crises
  2. Ensure quality, innovation, and diversity in the stories VOW tells
  3. Ensure swift and reliable funding support for promising projects

VOW STORY LAB

VIEW CURRENT PROJECTS

VOW STORY LAB FELLOWSHIPS

VOW Story Lab fellows receive oral history training, editorial guidance, peer support, and a small project stipend to develop sample narratives during a three-month pilot phase.

VOW BOOK FELLOWSHIPS

VOW Book Fellowships are awarded to select Story Lab fellows to support the full development of their project into a VOW book. Fellowships cover project expenses and a living stipend to support dedicated project time.

SUSTAIN THE STORIES

We envision the VOW Story Fund as an ongoing opportunity for human rights storytelling.

Click to make a monthly or annual sustainer gift to ensure its continued impact.

SUBMITTING A PROPOSAL

Thanks for your interest! We are currently at capacity and will be unable to review proposals until late 2017. Please check back for updates and proposal guidelines.

DISPATCHES FROM THE FIELD

Dispatch from the Field: Planning our food sovereignty book with Thousand Currents

By |August 17th, 2016|Categories: Dispatches from the Field, Environmental Issues, VOW Story Fund|

Voice of Witness and Thousand Currents (formerly IDEX) staff at the Thousand Currents office in San Francisco, CA during a two-day oral history training and book planning session. On July 27 and [...]

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Dispatch from the Field: The Latest on Current Projects

By |July 18th, 2016|Categories: Criminal Justice, Cultural and Personal Identity, Dispatches from the Field, Ferguson, Home and Belonging, Immigration, Indigenous Rights, Labor Issues, News, Poverty and Economic Rights, Racial Inequality, VOW Story Fund, Zimbabwe|

This summer, VOW's editors have been making big strides on their oral history projects. (Thanks in no small part to everyone who supported the Seed the VOW Story Fund Campaign this past spring!) Here are the latest [...]

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Dispatch from the Field: Interviewing Youth Migrants in Chicago

By |June 23rd, 2016|Categories: Dispatches from the Field, Immigration, Refugees, VOW Story Fund, Youth Migrants|

Cristhian, interviewed for Solito, Solita Following the success of the "Seed the VOW Story Fund" Campaign in May, our VOW Story Fund editors are hitting the ground running with their oral history projects. [...]

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