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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.

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 Events Supported by AVDF

WTTW
Prehistoric Road Trip
Premiered on June 17, 2020 . Click the arrow below to learn more.
WGBH
The Vote
Premiered on July 6-7, 2020 and repeated on September 8, 15, 22, and 29. Click the arrow below to learn more.
South Florida PBS
Changing Seas (Season 12)
November 2020 (check local listing). Click the arrow below to learn more.
WETA
Ernest Hemingway
April 2021
WGBH
Billy Graham
Spring 2021
America Abroad Media
Muhammad Ali: A Journey of Faith
2021
WETA
The Harvest
2021
Fred Rogers Productions
Donkey Hodie
2021 (Click the arrow below to learn more)
WNET
Becoming Helen Keller
October 2021 (Click the arrow below to learn more)