Prospective Applicants

Dear Applicant,

Thank you for your interest in the grant award program of the Puffin Foundation.

We will be accepting new proposals in the Fine Arts, Music, and Photography for our 2022 Annual Artist Grant Program. Applications in other disciplines will not be considered.  Please note that the primary focus of your proposal must be one of these three genres.  For example, please do not apply for a Music grant if the music is simply an accompanying score for a video or dance project.  Music, Photography, or Fine Arts must be the focus of your project. One exception is that we will also consider arts-related projects focusing on Environmental issues and the climate crisis confronting us all from other genres such as Theater.  You can find out additional information about our grants using the FAQ section of the website.

This year, Puffin is implementing a new partially on-line application process via a secure on-line portal. To start, you’ll need to send us a letter by US Postal Service Mail starting September 13th to the address below with some simple information about your grant and your contact information. The only way to receive a log-in for submitting your application is by mailing this information to the address below. If possible, we ask that you download this simple form to fill out and return to us to receive your application credentials. You can also print out the six categories below on your computer or even neatly hand-write them and your answers and return it to us. No requests submitted by email or by phone will be fulfilled; they must be submitted by mail, that includes if you are using this form. 

After we receive your form/information, we’ll establish an on-line account for you and send an email with our full application instructions.  If not using our form, please only include the following simple information in your envelope:

  1. First and Last Name. This is for you the applicant, or (if applicable) the name of the primary contact for the organization on whose behalf you are requesting funds.
  2. Your Organization Name (if applicable). You may also apply as an individual and leave this blank.
  3. Your Contact Email.
  4. Tour Contact Phone Number.
  5. our Project’s Genre. We are only accepting proposals in these areas. Please let us know which is yours: Fine Arts, Music, Photography,  or Climate/Environmental. (We are not accepting proposals in other areas this year.)
  6. A brief description of your project. This can be as short as you wish. (about 75 words max.)

Requests for application forms must be received by December 31, 2021. Completed applications for the 2022 cycle will be accepted via our new online portal from October 1 until the deadline of January 21, 2022. Applications received after this date will not be reviewed.

The Foundation requests that previous grantees allow a one-year hiatus prior to reapplication. This allows our grants to be available to an even wider number of applicants. Applicants may only submit one proposal per year. Requests for the same project should not be made by multiple applicants.

Grants from the The Puffin Foundation, can only be awarded to permanent residents and citizens of the United States. U.S. citizens whose projects encompass work in other countries are still eligible to apply.

We are not able to provide status reports about the disposition of submitted applications, so PLEASE do not call seeking such information. Applicants will be notified via email on an ongoing basis about the decision on their application from January 15th through July.

The Foundation does not have the means to fund large film/documentary proposals, grants for travel, continuing education, or the writing or publishing of books. Average grants are approximately $1,250. The maximum grant size is $2,500. Please note that organizations with an annual budget of more than $500,000 and any project whose total budget exceeds $250,000 are not eligible for funding.

We thank you again for your interest.


Gladys Miller-Rosenstein, Executive Director

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