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Grants to USA Artists and Nonprofits for Arts Projects that Educate the Public about Contemporary Issues

Annual Artist Grant Program


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Important Dates
LOI Date: 12/15/23
Deadline: 01/05/24 4:59 PM EST Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $2,500 to USA artists and nonprofit organizations for projects focusing on music, photography, the fine arts, or environmental activism. Applicants must submit a written request for an application prior to applying. Funding is intended to support artistic work that educates the public about topical issues such as climate change, social justice, health care, civil rights, and other contemporary issues.

In 2024 the Puffin Foundation will be accepting new proposals in fine arts, photography, music, and projects in any artistic genre focused on environmental activism for their Annual Artist Grant Program. Applications in other disciplines will not be considered. Please note that the primary focus of a proposal must be one of these genres. For example, applicants may not apply for a music grant if the music is simply an accompanying score for a video or dance project. Fine arts, photography, music, or the environment must be the focus of the project.

The Foundation is interested in art that educates the public on topical issues. For example, projects that seek to enrich and inform the public on important subjects such as our worsening climate catastrophe, health care, social justice, civil rights, and other contemporary issues facing the country (and the planet), that some organizations might hesitate to fund. The Foundation also gives special consideration to communities that are under-served by the arts. 

Arts-related projects focusing on environmental issues and the climate crisis in any discipline is considered by the Foundation to be environmental artistic activism.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Grants from the The Puffin Foundation can only be awarded to US residents with a social security number, or to US based non-profits. U.S. citizens who reside in or whose projects encompass work in other countries are eligible to apply.

Grantees can also be organizations or utilize a fiscal sponsor. Both organizations and individuals can use fiscal sponsors to receive a Puffin grant.

While The Foundation loves to hear from new and emerging artists, established artists are not less likely to be considered if they can also display fiscal need.

Please note that organizations with an annual budget of more than $250,000 are not eligible for funding.

The Puffin Foundation does not have the means to fund large projects with budgets over $250,000, grants for travel, education, or the writing or publishing of books.

Please note that the Foundation no longer funds literary or dance works.

Pre-Application Information
- 9/15/23-12/1/23 – Request period for access to the online portal. During this time frame, you may request a form from from the Puffin Foundation by mail. Put a self addressed stamped envelope (SASE) in another envelope and mail to the address below. You don’t need to include anything except the SASE, but make sure to put “Application Request” on the outer envelope.
- 12/15/23 – Deadline for completed request forms to be returned to the office. The Foundation will be accepting requests for applications for the 2024 grant cycle. Any completed application request forms postmarked in this timeframe will be accepted. All completed request forms must be postmarked no later than Friday, December 15, 2023.
- 1/5/24 – Deadline for online submission of project proposals. Project proposals (grant requests) must be submitted via the online portal by 4:59 PM EST on Friday, January 5, 2024. The portal will close at 5:00 PM EST. No submissions will be accepted after this time.

Applicants will be notified via email on an ongoing basis about the decision on their application from 1/15/24 through 7/31/24.

Puffin has transitioned to a new partially on-line application process via a secure on-line portal. From 9/15/23- 12/1/23, you’ll need to send a short form and self addressed stamped envelope (SASE) via snail mail (USPS, UPS, FedEx, etc). No requests submitted by email or by phone will be fulfilled; they must be submitted by mail. After the Foundation has received your form/information, they will establish an on-line account for you and send an email with full application instructions.

After the Foundation receives your USPS mail request for creating an account, they anticipate all applications will be completed via the portal. If you do not have access to the internet to submit your proposal, permission may be given to submitting a full hard copy of your proposal by sending an email stating why you cannot use the online portal.

The Puffin Foundation requests that previous grantees allow a one-year hiatus prior to reapplication, meaning that if you received an award last year, you are not eligible to apply again this year. If your proposal was not awarded a grant, you may try again in a subsequent year. This allows the grants to be available to a wider number of applicants. Applicants may only submit one proposal per year. Requests for the same project may not be made by multiple applicants.

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Estimated Size of Grant
Average grants are approximately $1,250. The maximum grant size is $2,500.

Contact Information
To send an application request, send a self addressed stamped envelope (SASE) to the Foundation at the address below:
The Puffin Foundation, Ltd.
Application Request
20 Puffin Way
Teaneck, NJ 07666

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