Remember the recent buzz around the documentary "The Roosevelts," which examined the lives of Teddy, FDR, and Eleanor? That was part of this project.
Upcoming projects include films on:
- Jackie Robinson, who broke baseball's color barrier (mid-2015).
- The Vietman War, which will comprise of 10 episodes, approximately 18 1/2 hours in length (2017).
- Country music, which will include interviews with musicians, songwriters, and producers (2018).
- Ernest Hemingway, which is in the earliest stages of production (2019).
While we've typically looked at Davis' funding priorities through the lens of private higher education, it remains active in the area of public television.
In fact, the grant represents the foundation's 10th, and presumably final, gift to the public television field in 2014, totaling approximately $24 million. The next largest grant public television grant across the year was $250,000.
The the foundation's site notes that since 1974, the trustees’ focus has been on national broadcasts for “evergreen” programs with lasting educational value. Their partnership with Mr. Burns dates back to 1987, but that certainly prevents producers from exploring the foundation as a funding source. Just remember:
- Grants support "capstone" funding to complete production for major series assured of national airing by PBS. These should include innovative uses of technology to enhance community outreach and contribute to teaching in grades K-12 and beyond.
- Preference is given equally to children's series and programs of enduring value on subjects such as history and science.
- Programs whose primary purpose is advocacy, topical news coverage or entertainment may not be competitive.
Click here for more information on applying for a public television grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations.