Foundation Supports Fine Arts, Video/Film

Private Funder: Puffin Foundation; Opportunity: Artist Grants; Funding Focus: Fine arts, and video/film; Geographic Focus: National; Eligibility: Artists/nonprofits; Funding: Up to $2,500 each (the foundation distributed about $2.4 million in grants last year); Deadline: Dec. 31.

Summary: Grants support projects and artists excluded from mainstream opportunities due to their race, gender, or social philosophy. The foundation makes grants that encourage emerging artists — especially children and youth — whose works might have difficulty being aired. The foundation is interested in supporting creative and innovative initiatives that will advance progressive social change. For example, the foundation recently supported Breaking the Chain, an art and story-telling contest for third grade children in the Phoenix and Mesa, AZ public schools. The program channels positive messages to children about kindness and compassion.

Application forms for the 2017 cycle are available in September. Application forms are not available electronically, but require a SASE (#10 self-addressed stamped envelope). To receive an application packet, send a SASE to Puffin Foundation Ltd., 20 Puffin Way, Teaneck, NJ 07666-4111. The website is at:

Info: (NOFA);Gladys Miller-Rosenstein, executive director, 201/836-3400

About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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