Notes from microgrant recipients:

To the donors towards my grant,
I am truly grateful for your generosity, for believing in my work and for supporting me with your donations. This new camera will allow me to continue my projects and it will be helpful for me in all of my academic work.
To fototazo, thank you so much for supporting me, for allowing me to show my work and for connecting me to your microgrants.
Thank you very much,
Daniela Serna

It was a total surprise and joy to realize that I had completed the required amount to get a camera at the end of the grant process and a million images passed through my mind. I remembered all of the times I had attempted to get the camera and the many reasons I could not buy it and I also remembered the day Tom told me that the site had decided to go through this process with me, a very important and happy was like blinking your eyes and what you want has happened and there is nothing happier than to have happen what your desire. I'll be very pleased and proud to work and to create images with the camera made by all of you together as a collaboration.
Margarita Valdivieso

First of all, the lens is great! I want to express my deepest gratitude for your generous support that goes beyond economic support; it is also believing in the possibility that someone that you do not know connects with you in some way.
This microgrant means that I can continue growing in my career as a photographer and artist. I am proud to have been chosen and it inspires me to keep working every day with lots of energy and passion to be worthy of the support you have given me. I send a heartfelt thanks and a warm hug.
Thank you very much,
Edwin Ochoa

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STATISTICS (as of 10.17.17)
Total dollars raised since 1.26.11 for microgrants: $19,448.17
Total dollars raised since 1.26.11 for exhibitions for microgrant photographers: $220
Total dollars raised since 1.26.11 for 501c3 application: $400
Total dollars raided since 1.26.11 for special projects for grant photographers: $485
Total dollars raised since 1.26.11 through sale of donated equipment; amount used for various purposes including microgrants, fototazo 501c3 taxes and emergency small grants to photographers: $826.12
Total dollars raised since 1.26.11 for paying administrative and financial fees in Colombia: $245
Total dollars saved through equipment delivery program since 1.26.11: $1395

Total grants funded: 20

Grant recipient list
21 Mexico Foto Camp Workshops 2017, in process
20 Kevin Salcedo, Nikon d7100 body, 12.23.16
19 Medellín Foto Camp 2016, Financial help to hold a photobook workshop in Medellín, 8.21.16
18 Alejandra Arias, Canon EOS 50D 15.1MP Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Standard Zoom Lens, 4.18.16
17 Eric Robledo, Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G, Altura Photo (AP-UNV1) Speedlite Flash Kit, Dolica AX600B250 60-Inch Aluminum Tripod, PNY 32GB SDHC Card, VILTROX Time Lapse Intervalometer Timer Remote Control Shutter 12.12.15
16 Mono Colectivo, Financial help to attend a photography intensive workshop at the University of Iowa in the summer of 2015, completed 6.17.15
15 Carolina Arbalaez Ardila, Canon EF 50mm f/1.8, Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6, Hoya 52mm Digital Filter Kit II, completed 11.8.14
14 Santiago Cano, Canon EF-S 55-200mm f/4-5.6 mm lens, 8GB CF card, replacement tripod plate, completed 7.9.14
13 Angélica María Restrepo, Canon AE-1 35mm film camera, Manfrotto 055XB Tripod with 128RC Fluid Head, 32GB CF Video Flashcard, Opteka GLD-400 47-inch Camera Track Slider Video Stabilization System, Filmcity DSLR Shoulder Rig (FC-10), completed 5.19.14
12 Andrés Sánchez, Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM lens and 16 GB SDHC card, completed 2.11.14
11 Aura Lambertinez, Nikon d5100 body and 55-200mm Nikkor DX lens, completed 10.18.13
10 Alba Bran, Nikon d5100 body, completed 7.20.13
9 Edwin Ochoa Vélez, Tamron SP AF 28-75mm f/2.8, completed 3.7.13
Johana Guerrero Serrano, Nikon d3100 kit, completed 10.31.12
Mónica Lorenza Taborda Gutiérrez, Nikkor AF-S DX 55-200mm lens, completed 6.1.12
Juliana Henao Alcaraz, Canon Rebel EOS T3 kit with 18-55mm lens, completed 4.6.12
Zhuyi Palacio Gallego, Nikkor AF-S DX 18-105mm lens, completed 2.14.12
Margarita Valdivieso, Nikon d7000 kit, completed 11.2.11
Daniela Serna, Nikon d3100 kit, completed 7.15.11
Natalia Lopera, Nikon d3100 kit, completed 4.10.11
Oscar Ulloa, Nikon d3100 kit, completed 2.11.11

Equipment and book deliveries (for more information on this program click here)
Natalia Lopera, Olympus Trip 35 Light Seal Kit, delivered 10.30.13
Margarita Valdivieso, Nikkor 55-200mm DX lens, delivered 10.30.13, saved $159
Margarita Valdivieso, Yonkeros by Jaime Permuth and Of People and Houses: Architecture From Styria by Livia Corona, delivered 7.17.13
Juan Pablo Chavarría Vásquez, Contemporary Photography from the Far East: Asian Dub Photography, delivered 1.17.13
Ana García, Western Digital 500GB My Passport portable external drive, delivered 12.1.12, saved $73
Edwin Ochoa, Photography Changes Everything by Marvin Heiferman and The Photograph as Conceptual Art by Charlottte Cotton, delivered 10.29.12
Aura Lambertinez, Eyecup for d5100, delivered 10.29.12
Natalia Lopera, Transcend 16 GB SDHC Class 10 Flash Memory Card, delivered 4.12.12, saved $11
Santiago Rúa Henao, Nikon d5100 kit, Nikkor 55-200 lensmm, delivered 4.12.12, saved $502
Natalia Lopera, Nikon d3100 LCD Protection Film, delivered 11.25.11
Aura Lambertinez, Nikon d5100 LCD Protection Film, delivered 11.25.11
Oscar Ulloa, Nikon d3100 LCD Protection Film, delivered 11.25.11
Rossana Orozco, Nikon d7100 kit, delivered 10.4.11, saved $217
Daniela Serna, Nikon d3100 LCD Protection Film, delievered 10.4.11
Aura Lambertinez, 52mm Hoya UV filter, delivered 10.4.11
Aura Lambertinez, Nikon d5100 kit, delivered 6.20.11, saved $433

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