Arthur Vining Davis Foundations: Grants for Journalism

OVERVIEW: The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations gives journalism grants in the area of public broadcasting only. These grants are to "provide partial support for major series with lasting educational value that are assured of national airing by PBS." Occasional consideration is given to single, stand-alone programs of "exceptional merit."

IP TAKE: The focus of Arthur Vining Davis Foundations grants in journalism is very narrow: it only supports the production of shows to be broadcast on PBS or a similar high-quality distributor.

PROFILE: Founded in 1952, the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations were established under a living trust by Arthur Vining Davis. The foundations support the production of "programs of enduring value on subjects such as history and science" that are guaranteed to be aired nationally on PBS or a similar high-quality distributor. These grants are usually between $100,000 to $500,000. Children's series and "the contribution to teaching in grades K-12, higher and continuing education" are taken into consideration in evaluating proposals and are of particular interest. These grants are intended to be capstone grants to complete production of a series.

Programs whose primary purpose is advocacy, topical news coverage, or entertainment are not likely to secure funding, nor do programs that try to influence elections or legislation. Past recipients of Arthur Vining Davis grants include WGBH – Nova: Mystery of the Monster Black Holes, and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, a children’s literacy program for PBS which helps "children develop skills that are the building blocks of school readiness, mental health, and character development."

There are no deadlines for proposals for these grants and applications may be submitted at any time. Grant seekers can visit the grantee portal to submit a proposal directly.  


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