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Puffin Foundation Grant

Grants to USA Emerging Artists and Organizations
for Projects Related to Music, Theater, and Photography

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Puffin Foundation

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Deadline Date:

12/30/19 Postmarked by Midnight


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Grants of up to $2,500 to USA emerging artists and organizations working in the fields of music, theater, and photography. Applicants must submit a written inquiry prior to submitting a full application. The Foundation supports artists whose works might have difficulty being aired due to their genre and/or social philosophy.

For the upcoming 2020 cycle the Foundation will review grants only in the following fields: Music, Photography, and Theater. 

The Foundation is interested in art that educates the public on topical issues.  For example, projects that seek to enrich and inform the public on important subjects such as the physical environment, social justice, civil rights and other contemporary issues facing the country (and the planet), that some organizations might hesitate to fund.  The Foundation also gives special consideration to communities and school districts that are under-served by the arts.  Additionally, the Foundation focuses on new and emerging artists, established artists either will not be or are less likely to be considered. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176052

Estimated Size of Grant:

Average grants are approximately $1,250. The maximum grant size is $2,500.

Term of Contract:

Applicants may apply for a multi-year project, as long as they spell out their proposed timeline in the proposal that does not present a problem on the Foundation's end. A timeline is strongly suggested for your proposal - open ended proposals are discouraged.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants from the Puffin Foundation, Ltd. can only be awarded to permanent residents and citizens of the United States. USA citizens whose projects encompass work in other countries are still eligible to apply.

The Foundation enjoys a tax status which allows it to fund individual artists directly. Grantees can also be organizations or utilize a fiscal sponsor.

The Foundation does not have the means to fund large film/documentary proposals, grants for travel, continuing education, or the writing or publishing of books. Please note that organizations with an annual budget of more than $500,000 and any project whose total budget exceeds $250,000 are not eligible for funding.

The Foundation does not have the resources to offer financial assistance for scholarships, fellowships or educational funding.

The Foundation does not fund travel or conference fees.

Pre-Application Information:

Application forms are not available electronically, but can be requested by sending a SASE (#10 business letter sized, self-addressed stamped envelope) to the address below beginning in September 2019 (for the 2020 cycle). Requests for application forms must be received by December 15, 2019. Completed applications for the 2020 cycle will be accepted from November 1 until the deadline of December 30, 2019 postmarked by midnight. Applications postmarked after this date will not be reviewed.

The Foundation requests that previous grantees allow a one-year hiatus prior to reapplication. This allows our grants to be available to an even wider number of applicants. Applicants may only submit one proposal per year. Requests for the same project should not be made by multiple applicants.

Applicants will be notified on an ongoing basis about the decision on their application from January 15 through July. Please do not call to inquire about application status.

The grant review process starts January 1st and may wind up as late as the end of June. Grants are awarded on a rolling basis however, meaning determinations are made throughout this period. While there is an attempt to prioritize projects with impending timelines, there is no guarantee about when specific proposals will be reviewed.

Unfortunately, this means the Foundation is not able to fully review many proposal until after or close to their implementation date. In that case. It is uncommon that the Foundation would then award grants. The Foundation strives to review most of the proposals early in the year. The application forms includes a space for you to indicate if your project has a set start date.


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To request an application packet, please send a SASE (#10 self-addressed stamped envelope) to:

Puffin Foundation Ltd.
Application Request
20 Puffin Way
Teaneck, NJ 07666-4111

Gladys Miller-Rosenstein
Executive Director

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