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Puffin Foundation West, Ltd.

Deadline: December 16, 2016

The Puffin Foundation West, Ltd. seeks to open the doors of artistic expression by providing grants to artist activists and arts organizations often excluded from mainstream opportunities due to race, gender, or social philosophy. Artists are able to reach across the borders of imagination and in doing so often peaceably transform society’s ideas about social justice issues. Creative expression and innovation have always helped move society towards a more progressive democracy and allow the recognition of a universal humanity. The Puffin Foundation is committed to supporting such grassroots artists and organizations.

The Foundation is looking for projects that use art to discuss social and civil justice issues including food insecurity, peace, prisons, discrimination, race, culture, sexual orientation, censorship, children’s rights, trafficking, global warming, environmental protection, nuclear proliferation, poverty, gender issues, racial profiling, immigration, bullying, violence in schools, homelessness, gun control, animal rights, and more.

Amount: Average grants range from $550-$2,500.

Eligibility: Grant applications are accepted from individuals, educational, cultural and social justice organizations for projects meeting the Foundation mission’s objectives, that utilize art, dance, music, theater, photography, film/video, writing, poetry, and public interest platforms. Grants can only be awarded to permanent residents and citizens of the U.S. The Foundation typically will not consider grants from organizations whose annual budget is $1 million or more.

Note: The Foundation has a tax status which allows it to fund individual artists directly. Grantees can also be nonprofit organizations or use a fiscal sponsor.

Link: http://puffinwest.org/

Note: There is an early determination deadline of November 15, 2016. Early determination means that funding will be processed before April 1, 2017.

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