Dedicated to Strengthening

   America's Future Through Education

Public Television
 
 Grand Teton, THE NATIONAL PARKS: AMERICA'S
BEST IDEA, a Ken Burns documentary series
presented by WETA, Arlington, VA

The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations are known nationally and globally for our long history of support for public television.  Early philanthropy helped to establish nine PBS stations.  Since 1974, the trustees’ focus has been on national broadcasts for “evergreen” programs with lasting educational value.  Our most visible and longstanding philanthropic partnership has been since 1987 with award-winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns.  Trustees have also made a significant commitment to high quality and enduring children’s educational programs, such as Arthur, Cyberchase, Reading Rainbow, Between the Lions and newly launched mathematics program Peg + Cat.

Public Television Grants

Grants support "capstone" funding to complete production for major series assured of national airing by PBS.  These should include innovative uses of technology to enhance community outreach and contribute to teaching in grades K-12 and beyond. Preference is given equally to children's series and programs of enduring value on subjects such as history and science.  Consideration is given on occasion to single stand-alone programs of exceptional merit with a confirmed national airing.  Programs whose primary purpose is advocacy, topical news coverage or entertainment may not be competitive.

Grant Amount

Amounts range from $100,000 to $500,000.

Eligibility

Initial research and pre-production funding is not supported.  Multi¬≠year grants and annual funding of continuing series are normally not considered.

When & How To Apply

The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations invite proposals in two grant cycles annually.  Applicants are welcome to submit proposals on or before April 1 or November 1 each year.

Proposals should be submitted with our application form.

In addition, each initial grant application should include:

  • A one-page cover letter (signed by the chief executive officer);
  • A two hundred word (approximate) abstract that will be used publicly if the grant is awarded;
  • A two-page description of the proposed grant;     
  • A one-page timeline for the proposed activities;
  • A one-page line item budget that provides the projected total costs with other sources of support (The Foundations do not fund indirect costs.);
  • A copy of the applicant institution’s current IRS statement of non-profit eligibility; and
  • The employer identification number of the applicant organization.

Proposal Submission

Completed grant applications may be sent by mail or email to Dr. Nancy J. Cable, President.

Mailing Address:
     The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations
     225 Water Street, Suite 1510
     Jacksonville, FL 32202

     Email Address:    dflippin@avdf.org

Proposal Evaluation and Notification

Every effort is made to respond to all questions, inquiries and proposals in a timely manner.  The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations strive to render decisions on grant awards within 6-8 months of proposal submission.

Upon receipt of a grant proposal, all materials will be evaluated according to the guidelines and criteria provided for each program area.  If a proposal is not competitive within the current cycle, notification will be sent no later than the beginning of the next grant cycle. 

At times, and in consultation with the grant applicant, a proposal may be tabled for further consideration into the next grant cycle.  Additional information may be requested from competitive grant proposals.   The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations’ Board of Trustees renders all final decisions.

Inquiries

Please direct all questions regarding the public television program to: Dr. Nancy J. Cable, President

Mailing Address:
     The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations
     225 Water Street, Suite 1510
     Jacksonville, FL 32202

     Email Address:    dflippin@avdf.org>
     Telephone:    904-359-0670

For Recent Grants in Public Television, please click here.