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Since the launch of public television, AVDF has supported high quality television programming that aims to educate children and adults.

While non-public and for-profit media also produce programming that serves to educate the public, public media is more widely available, meets consistently high standards, and fills gaps left by other sectors.

In addition, public media currently plays an important role in the domains of radio and podcasting, and AVDF has expanded funding to these other domains. We support efforts by public radio stations to fill gaps in local journalism, especially in markets that are losing local newspapers. And we fund the production and distribution of podcasts that focus on history or science, that are aimed at a youth audience, or that promote one or more of the Foundations’ Program Areas.

Film and television grants are typically provided to non-profit production companies or public media stations for programs that have a firm commitment to national distribution. While projects funded by the Foundations concern a variety of subjects, supported programs typically focus on science or history, or have American youth as a primary audience.

Note that while the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations support work in all of these areas, open submission requests are considered only for film and television productions. However, for the 2021-2022 grant cycle, we are not accepting submissions for film and television productions. We encourage you to monitor our website for future funding opportunities.

Grant Amount

Film and television grants typically range from $100,000 to $300,000, although the Foundations will consider larger requests. Grants may support projects that span multiple years.

Broadcast Dates of Programs Supported by AVDF

PRX
TRAX Podcast: The Genius Generation, a podcast series for tweens
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America Abroad Media
The Universal Title Muhammad Ali: A Journey of Faith (a public radio special and podcast)
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GBH - American Experience
Billy Graham
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Fred Rogers Productions
Donkey Hodie
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PBS Foundation
Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer
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WETA
Hemingway, a film by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick
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GBH - American Experience
The Blinding of Isaac Woodard
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The Kelly Corrigan Podcasts
How Change Happens
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South Florida PBS
Changing Seas (Season 12)
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WETA
Muhammad Ali, a film by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon
Premieres September 19, 2021 (Click the arrow below to learn more)
WNET
Becoming Helen Keller
Premieres October 2021 (Click the arrow below to learn more)
GBH
Molly of Denali Season 2
Premieres Fall 2021 (Click the arrow below for Season 1)
Fred Rogers Productions
Alma's Way Season 1
Premieres Fall 2021 (Click the arrow below to learn more)
WETA
The Harvest
Premieres Fall 2021
Fred Rogers Productions
Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Season 6
Premieres Summer 2022 (Click the arrow below to learn more)
WETA
Crime and Punishment
Premieres 2025-2026 (Click the arrow below to learn more)
WETA
The Holocaust and the United States, a film by Ken Burns, Lynn Novick and Sarah Bostein
Premieres 2022-2023 (Click the arrow below to learn more)