The Puffin Foundation makes grants to emerging artists whose work seeks to enrich and inform the public on subjects such as the environment, social justice, civil rights, and other contemporary issues affecting the country. Current funding areas are limited to music, photography, and theater. Grants may be made to individuals or to organizations. Individual grants average approximately $1,250 and never exceed $2,500.
Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and applications will only be considered for art production that conforms to the foundation’s mission. The foundation uses many criteria to judge proposals, including the amount of funding requested, how well established the applicant is in his or her fields, the audience that will be exposed to the end product, and the overall topic or topics addressed in the proposal.
Note: the Puffin Foundation only accepts requests for applications during a certain time period in the fall (until December 6th for the 2014 cycle), and it only accepts application submissions during another window of time in the fall. See the program website for details.