Jimmy has spent the last three decades documenting and celebrating indigenous culture. Now it’s your turn to take action!


We use the funds we receive from businesses, governments, NGOs, and individuals to realize your ideas and dreams. We urge you to apply for project funding. Relevant projects support a celebration of the world’s polychromatic cultural identity.


If you would like Jimmy Nelson foundation to consider funding your project, you are welcome to take a look at the open calls available below. To be successful at securing funding, your project has to meet a set of criteria that resonate the foundation’s vision and mission. These criteria are outlined in the specific calls.


The only way in which we receive unsollicited funding inquiries, is through our online inquiry process. We ask that you not send proposals or letters of inquiry by mail or email unless requested to do so by a staff member.


Recently closed: ‘Jimmy’s Jukebox: musical cultural diversity’

The ‘Jimmy’s Jukebox’ call is now closed.


To familiarize people with our world’s richness in cultural diversity, the Jimmy Nelson Foundation has initiated the call ‘Jimmy’s Jukebox: musical cultural diversity’. This call focuses on sharing existing musical culture. It fits in the track ‘celebration’ and aims to show the existing variety in musical performance.


We have asked musicians and composers to submit their work. We have specifically asked people from a variety of cultures to apply. Out of all contributions, one song or tune will be selected as ‘Jimmy’s Jingle’, a recognisable theme for the foundation. All other entries that meet our requirements will be added to ‘Jimmy’s Jukebox’, a database with musical themes that represent the value of global cultural diversity.


The foundation challenges talented musicians and composers to come up with a composition of their own making. The use of traditional and culturally specific instruments is much encouraged, but the music can also be innovative and modern.


After the application period, a number of applicants will be shortlisted. At this point, all applicants will be notified about the status of their application. The outcome of the competition will be communicated before the end of March 2017.


There are currently no Jimmy Nelson Foundation calls open. Due to the popularity of our previous project calls, we are currently occupied with the selection and execution of current projects. New calls can be expected at later notice and will be published here.


As a way of engaging people with our world’s richness in cultural diversity, The Jimmy Nelson Foundation initiates calls for projects that focus on promoting existing cultures as part of a culturally diverse world.


Our calls ask for artists and craftsmen of all sorts to apply with their proposed projects. An example of people who might like to apply are: musicians, visual artists, designers, writers, but also people in the field of cuisine, spirituality, (herbal) medicine, etc. Eligible applicants can convince the JNF of the quality of their work. Furthermore, they need to show an affinity and experience with their host culture. We specifically ask people from a variety of cultures to apply.


Eligible project applications resonate the spirit of Jimmy Nelson’s photography work. They engage with a specific cultural practice/highlight and are able to show its importance. Here, culture is defined in the widest sense of the word. Applicable projects are based on equality between the stakeholders and have a concretely described and valuable outcome.


Eligible project applications contain a detailed financial plan. This includes a justification of the entire cost of the project and shows how the fund helps to complete the budget. The higher the amount of funding requested, the smaller the chances of selection. Moreover, the time span of the project should be clearly demarcated the maximum project duration is 12 months.




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