WHEN: Wednesday, February 8, 2023, from 12-1:30pm MT
WHERE: Hosted online through Zoom
HOW: Pre-registration is required – This Seminar is now available via recording.

Photographic projects are often a self-funded labor of love. Grants and sponsorship can help sustain long-term lens-based projects reach their full-scale potential. In order to secure funding, however, it is essential to align project goals and outreach with the funding priorities of grant-givers, and in doing so, helping to realize shared missions.

Join Deborah Espinosa, Attorney, Visual Storyteller, and CENTER Fiscally Sponsored Photographer, for the Grant Writing & Fiscal Sponsorship Project Lab Seminar on how to research, write, and report on successful grants. This seminar will also answer “what is a fiscal sponsorship?” and how it can be used to secure grants and donations to support your project. Espinosa has successfully secured tens of thousands of dollars in grant funds utilizing a fiscal sponsorship model to support the Living With Conviction project.

This seminar is made possible by the Phillip & Edith Leonian Foundation.


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Deborah Espinosa combines her legal and multimedia storytelling skills to advocate for the rights of the poor and marginalized, both in the U.S. and in Africa. She also works to strengthen those rights, providing legal technical assistance to state and national governments in the global south. She believes that multimedia storytelling is one of the most powerful advocacy tools for the reform of unjust law and policy. Her work has been exhibited in multiple cities in Washington State as well as in San Francisco, Brooklyn, and in Winnipeg at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. In support of Living with Conviction, she has received multiple city and state grants, and she was chosen for the inaugural cohort of We, Women artists, an award which recognizes women, transgender, and non-binary photographers whose projects are rooted in community engagement and collaboration. 

Deborah is a graduate of the Artist Trust EDGE Program for Visual Artists and holds a Certificate in Photography from the Rocky Mountain School of Photography, a JD from the University of Washington School of Law, a MA from the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington, and a BA in History from the University of California at Berkeley.


The Project Lab Seminar is provided free of charge to current CENTER Members. Please email for access to the free registration link. Registration is now closed. This Seminar will be available via recording post-program.

$25 Non-Members/General Entry

Registration is closed.

Further instructions about the seminar will be sent by email. You must register with Zoom to gain access to the attendee link.

Registration Fee Waivers are available on a case-by-case basis for those that cannot afford the registration fees for whatever reason. To apply, you must fill out our Registration Fee Waiver Request Form before the Fee Waiver deadline of February 3, 2023.

You may cancel minus a processing fee until February 3, 2023.