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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.

Featured Grant

Alma’s Way is a new animated series for preschoolers that features 6-year old Alma Rivera who lives in the multicultural neighborhood of the Bronx with her multi-generational Latino family. Produced by the Fred Rogers Productions, Alma’s Way premiered in October 2021 as the #1 PBS KIDS series among kids 2-8 on television and streaming video. The episodes feature Alma’s Puerto Rican family, her Cuban Uncle Nestor, and her friends in the Bronx who are Dominicans, Colombians, Mexicans and other Latino groups.

The program aims to help children develop self-awareness, skills for responsible decision-making, cultural awareness, and empathy. In addition, Alma’s Way aims to help young Latino viewers feel more represented in the programs they watch, and to help non-Latino viewers better understand and welcome Latinos in their communities as neighbors, friends, and family. Alma’s Way includes a website, a mobile app, and other digital content in both English and Spanish.

Broadcast Dates of Programs Supported by AVDF

Crime and Punishment in America
Premieres 2025-2026 (Click the arrow below to learn more)
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)
Sea Change: Gulf of Maine
Premieres Spring/Summer 2023
American Experience: Taken Hostage
Premieres November 2022
Making Black America: Through the Grapevine
Premieres October 2022
Fred Rogers Productions
Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Season 6
Premieres Summer 2022 (Click the arrow below to learn more)
TRAX Podcast: The Genius Generation, a podcast series for tweens
2nd Season Premieres 2022 (Click on arrow below to listen to 1st Season)
Molly of Denali Season 2
Premiered November 1, 2021 (Click the arrow below for Season 1)
Becoming Helen Keller
Premiered October 19, 2021 (Click the arrow below to learn more)
Fred Rogers Productions
Alma's Way Season 1
Premiered October 4, 2021 (Click on arrow below to learn more)
Muhammad Ali, a film by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon
Premiered September 19-22, 2021 (Click the arrow below to learn more)
GBH - American Experience
Billy Graham
Premiered on May 19, 2021 (Click on arrow below to stream)
PBS Foundation
Extra Life: A Short History of Living Longer
(Premiered on May 11, 2021 (Click on arrow below to stream)
Fred Rogers Productions
Donkey Hodie
Premiered on May 3, 2021 (Click on arrow below to stream)