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The Inspirit Foundation is excited to offer 4 scholarships for young media-makers to attend this year’s
Media That Matters: Story Money Impact at the Hollyhock Institute on B.C.’s Cortes Island from June 1-5,

What is it?

Media That Matters: Story Money Impact is a practical workshop for media-makers, principled funders, and highly motivated activists who want to ensure their work makes a difference. This intimate conference illuminates the spark of engagement at the core of these three pursuits. Structured around case studies from the front lines, Story Money Impact reveals best practices in the areas of documentary, digital content, and independent journalism. It explores how these professions can synergize with funders who want maximum leverage for their resources and reach, while partnering with strategic innovators who can highlight those results with more robust evaluation tools.

When and where is it?

Story Money Impact will take place June 1-5, 2016 at the Hollyhock Institute on Cortes Island, B.C.

How to apply:

Please fill out our online application by March 18th 2016.
All successful applicants will be contacted by email on or before April 8, 2016. The scholarship includes:

  • Full Story Money Impact conference registration fee.
  • Full accommodation and meals at the Hollyhock Institute based on the shared dorm rate.
  • Travel costs from Vancouver to Cortes Island.
  • A travel bursary of up to $800 to support participants outside of B.C.

Participant Criteria:

  • Between the ages of 18-34
  • Canadian or resident of Canada
  • Able to attend for the entire conference (June 1-5, 2016)
  • Demonstrable practice in filmmaking or in using media to create positive social change
  • Likely to apply learning to practice in Canada
  • Likely to benefit from learning outcomes of conference
  • Must agree to participate in post-conference evaluation and online session hosted by Inspirit
  • Willing to share insights in a blog or other form about their experience at the conference for use by Inspirit

Inspirit encourages and welcomes applications from people who identify as Indigenous (Métis, First
Nation, Inuit, on/off reserve), a person of colour, LGTBQQ2, living with a disability, or a religious minority.

What will the scholarship cover?

This scholarship will cover the following:

  • Full cost of the Story Money Impact conference registration fee of $495.
  • Travel from Vancouver to the Hollyhock Institute on Cortes Island for up to $350.
  • Accommodation and meals at the Hollyhock Retreat Centre for up to $520. This rate is based on Hollyhock’s rate for shared dorm accommodations and washrooms (meals are included). Inspirit will assist in booking dorm accommodation.
  • If you choose, you may use the $520 towards a private room; however, participants must cover any additional rooming costs above $520 and will be responsible for booking their own rooms.

Click here for more information about the Hollyhock Institute’s accommodation options.

Travel Bursary:

  • Inspirit is able to support financial requests to offset reasonable travel costs of up to $800 (based on distance of travel). Please note: if you are accepted, you might not be offered the full amount requested.

Important notes:

  • Participants will be required to cover associated costs above and beyond the travel bursary amount. Please budget accordingly.
  • Participants will be responsible for booking own travel to the Hollyhock Institute.

How is the selection made?

Inspirit and our partners will make the selection based on the above criteria, as well as regional and gender balance. W e will actively seek to promote access, inclusion and equity by ensuring that this opportunity is made accessible to those of different backgrounds and beliefs.

Feel free to email our Program Manager if you have further questions.

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