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2005 CPB/Emma Bowen Foundation Summer Internship Grant Program

Grants of up to $2,000 per internship salary per summer will be awarded on a 50% station matching basis.

2006 CPB/Emma Bowen Foundation Summer Internship Grant Program

Grants of up to $2,000 per internship salary per summer will be awarded on a 50% station matching basis.

2007 CPB/Emma Bowen Foundation Studentship Grants

CPB recognizes the importance of attracting talent to public broadcasting and cultivating the range of voices, backgrounds, cultures, and ideas within the industry. Accordingly, CPB has developed two work/study scholarship programs (a three year program that engages students year-round and a 5 year summer-only program) through the Emma Bowen Foundation, an organization that facilitates minority student placements within the media industry.

2010 CPB/PBS Producers Academy Scholarship

Up to twenty-five (25) scholarships will be offered to station-based and independent producers for an intensive seven-day, hands-on training seminar at WGBH in Boston, June 19 through June 25, 2010.

American Graduate Strategic Advisor

CPB is requesting proposals from firms to provide strategic advice to CPB to advance and support CPB's American Graduate initiative. American Graduate: Let's Make it Happen ("American Graduate") is a multi-year public media initiative, supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), to assist public media television and radio stations and national public media and paratner organizations in identifying and implementing solutions to address the high school dropout crisis in their local communities, encouraging students to finish high school and reinforcing the importance of education beyond high school. Additional information about the American Graduate initiative may be found at: http://www.americangraduate.org.

American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen: Station Grants

CPB is requesting proposals from public media stations to participate in American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen. This grant program will support additional national and local American Graduate content, expand the number of participating stations to achieve greater geographic diversity and student reach, and promote teacher and parent resources for use in and outside the classroom based on assessments of community-level needs.

American History and Civics Initiative Phase II Evaluation

CPB is requesting proposals from a person or firm to conduct an evaluation of Phase II -- Implementation of the American History and Civics Initiative for middle and high school students and their teachers.

Analysis of Super Why! Summer Camp Data

This Request for Proposals is for a person or firm to enter and analyze pre- and post-test assessment data from approximately 1,600 preschool children who participated in 80 Super WHY! Summer Camps and provide a written analysis of the assessment findings.

Communications and Marketing Station Support for American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen Initiative

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) is seeking to engage a marketing and communications agency to coordinate promotion activities of public media stations and CPB around American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen.

CPB Dropout Awareness & Youth Engagement Initiative Consultant

CPB seeks a Consultant to work with CPB senior management to develop and implement a strategic plan for CPB's Dropout Awareness & Youth Engagement Initiative and to directly manage the implementation and coordination of all Initiative components.

CPB Scholars Work-Study Scholarship Program

CPB recognizes the importance of attracting talent to public broadcasting and cultivating the range of voices, backgrounds, cultures, and ideas within the industry. Accordingly, CPB has developed a work/study scholarship program in partnership with the Emma Bowen Foundation, an organization that facilitates minority student placements within the media industry.

Create Ready To Lead in Literacy Final Report

CPB is hereby announcing a Request for Quote RFQ for a person or firm with experience working for non-profit clients to write, create, and design a final report summarizing the activities and lessons learned as a result of the Ready To Lead in Literacy initiative, a three-year grant investment made by CPB.

Digital Broadcast Technology Market Analysis

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting seeks an applicant to explore opportunities for utilizing public broadcasting's digital infrastructure to enhance public television's educational mission with the goal of identifying successful business models.

Digital Intergenerational Family Literacy Game Development

CPB is seeking to fund the development of an innovative interactive game that engages family members and their young children in "literacy practice and play" with the goal of promoting literacy development of children ages 6-8.

Diversity and Education Consulting Services

CPB seeks proposals from individuals or organizations to assist it in the strategic development and implementation of CPB's Diversity and Innovation Fund and American Graduate Initiative.

Dropout Awareness and Youth Engagement Initiative Manager

In close consultation with CPB, the Initiative Manager will oversee, coordinate and support the integrated components of the initiative which include national and local on-air and online content, interactive educational curricula, and on-the-ground community engagement.

Dropout Awareness and Youth Engagement Initiative Public Media Community Hubs

In response to the nation's dropout crisis, CPB is soliciting proposals from public television stations in high-need communities to become Public Media Community Hubs.

Formative Researcher for Ready To Learn Web Site Games

CPB seeks a research firm to conduct formative research with children ages 3-5 from low-income environments to test their responses to twelve individual interactive games as they relate to preliminary indicators of reading impact.

Media Planner and Buyer for Marketing Campaign

CPB seeks a media planning and buying firm with experience working for non-profit clients to create, coordinate and oversee a highly creative, innovative and effective paid marketing media campaign that will add value to the PBS KIDS Raising Readers Campaign.

Multi-Project Evaluation

This Request for Proposals is for person or firm to conduct evaluations of three Public Broadcasting Service ("PBS") TeacherLine courses for childcare providers and early childhood educators and three technological enhancement projects to improve and augment their outreach to young children and their caregivers. This project is time sensitive and must be completed no later than September 14, 2010.

Partnership for a Nation of Learners Community Collaboration Grant

Funds collaboration and shared resources that enable partners to meet clearly defined needs for one or more audience segments within their local communities.

Pilot Test Research Design and Implementation for New Science Program

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting seeks an applicant to design and conduct pilot testing to be used as the basis for guiding the development of a new science series for primetime public television.

Public Relations Agency Partner to Develop Dropout Awareness and Youth Engagement Initiative

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting is undertaking this search process to engage a public relations agency partner to support the Dropout Awareness and Youth Engagement Initiative (Dropout Initiative) being planned for 2011 and following years.

Ready To Lead in Literacy

This 3-year, competitive funding initiative will provide funds as well as capacity-building activities for up to 100 stations that are currently Ready To Learn stations.

Ready To Lead in Literacy Grant Administrator

The selected contractor will be responsible for the day-to-day management and fiscal oversight of the Ready to Lead in Literacy Grant Program involving approximately 123 public television stations for years two and three of the Grant Program.

Ready To Learn Grant Manager

CPB is seeking a highly qualified consultant to serve as the Grant Manager of the organization's future Ready to Learn grant application to the U.S. Department of Education.

Ready To Learn Grant Writer

CPB is seeking a highly qualified consultant to serve as the Grant Writer of the organization's future Ready to Learn grant application to the U.S. Department of Education.

Ready To Learn Research Dissemination

This Request for Quotes is for a person or firm with experience translating research results into easy-to-understand text for popular audiences to draft up to eight (8) media pieces that CPB can repurpose for various media outlets, stakeholders, and audiences, and write, create, design, and produce a final research report summarizing the activities and findings of the Ready To Learn Initiative.

Ready To Learn Statewide Planning Agreements

CPB Ready To Learn Statewide Planning Agreements will provide funding to public broadcasting stations to work in collaboration with state education agencies to assess, align, and integrate research-tested and curriculum-based RTL products and services into early childhood education. This funding opportunity will enable a partnership between Stations and State Education Agencies to design, pilot and execute an initial plan for integrating RTL digital media reading resources into Pre-K through second grade classrooms, and in other learning environments, (e.g., formal and informal child care settings; before and after school programs, etc.). The RTL products and services will be made available to implement throughout the state during the one-year agreement cycle.

Ready To Learn Transmedia Demonstration and Mentor Stations

CPB intends to fund public television stations to serve as either Demonstration or Mentor sites for the new Ready To Learn initiative called Expanded Learning Through Transmedia Content, under the U.S. Department of Education Ready To Learn grant (No. U295A100025, CFDA No. 84.295A).

Ready To Learn Transmedia Demonstration Stations -- Cohort #1 Sustainability Awards

In October 2011, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting ("CPB") awarded funding to 11 Demonstration Stations ("Cohort #1") to implement Ready To Learn ("RTL") transmedia content in local educational settings to improve the math and literacy skills of children ages two to eight from low-income families ("target children"), as well as provide support to their families and educators. CPB seeks proposals from those 11 Demonstration Stations to:

  • continue collaborations with local educational partners and sites from the original project, while expanding the project to include at least one additional partner and site;
  • continue working with some of the children who participated in the original project, while engaging additional children from the target children in RTL activities;
  • incorporate best practices of transmedia implementation in expanded learning settings;
  • pilot test and provide feedback on new RTL resources developed by the RTL Transmedia Content Developer, upon request;
  • support a second cohort of RTL Demonstration Stations by participating in webinars, conference calls, and electronic communications, as requested by CPB; and,
  • strengthen the Ready To Learn initiative by promoting local project efforts, engaging station and community leaders, and developing a sustainability plan for RTL activities beyond the contract period.

Ready To Learn Transmedia Demonstration Stations – Cohort #2

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting ("CPB") is seeking proposals from public media organizations to serve as Demonstration sites for the new Ready To Learn initiative called Expanded Learning Through Transmedia Content, under the U.S. Department of Education Ready To Learn grant (No. U295A100025, CFDA No. 84.295A). CPB expects to fund up to five projects.

Ready To Learn Transmedia Demonstration Stations – Cohort #3

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting intends to provide funds for up to fifteen (15) public television stations to develop and implement local projects designed to improve the math and literacy skills of children ages two to eight from low-income communities, as well as their families and educators.

Ready To Learn Transmedia Learning Content Developer

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting ("CPB") seeks to fund one (1) Transmedia Learning Content Developer to research, design, and execute a plan for creatively integrating Ready To Learn transmedia content (defined herein) into developmentally-appropriate out-of-school learning resources for children ages four to eight and related materials for their educators and families.

STEM Community Engagement Pilot

In response to the pressing national need for student improvement in Science and Math subjects, KETC, on behalf of CPB, is pleased to release this Request for Proposals for public broadcasting stations to take part in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Community Engagement Pilot. Note: Responses to this RFP are to be sent to the STEM Initiative Manager, KETC. CPB's posting of KETC's RFP does not constitute a commitment, express or implied, by CPB to fund proposals under consideration.

STEM Digital Media Resources for Learning Evaluation

In August 2009, CPB awarded seven Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) Digital Media Resources Production Grants to nine stations. The purpose of these grants was to enable public broadcasting stations to develop, produce and evaluate Digital Media Resources (which could include audio, video, interactives, animations, documents, games, simulations and images) in the Earth Sciences with an emphasis on Climate Literacy. The target audience for the Digital Media Resources is middle school students and their teachers. CPB is now requesting proposals from a person or firm to conduct an evaluation of the STEM Digital Media Resources Production Grants.

STEM Digital Media Resources for Learning Production Grants

The CPB STEM Digital Media Resources for Learning Production Grants will provide grant funding to enable public broadcasting stations to develop, produce and evaluate Digital Media Resources which may include audio, video, interactives, animations, documents, games, simulations and images. Funds are available for up to 12 grants of $75,000-$125,000. Grants will create content to support the Middle School (Grades 4-8) Earth Sciences with an emphasis on Climate.

Strategic Education Consulting

CPB is seeking proposals from firms to provide strategic education consulting services to expand and advance CPB's overall education mission and goals. The consultant will be required, upon CPB's request to provide strategic education consulting services to expand and advance CPB's overall education mission and goals, as well as strategic advice and research services.

Strategic Education Consulting Services

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) is seeking proposals from firms to provide strategic education consulting services to expand and advance CPB's overall education goals. CPB seeks proposals from persons or firms to:

  • provide CPB with counsel, guidance and recommendations to inform CPB's education portfolio in key areas of education, including early childhood, k-12, dropout prevention & youth engagement, English Language Learning, and workforce education;
  • provide CPB with the necessary information to remain current on new trends in education and on federal and state education policies;
  • provide CPB with up-to-date information on upcoming education grant programs;
  • review the national and local education services provided by public media and make recommendations on how best to aggregate this information to highlight what works best, ways to scale work and best methods of communicating impact;
  • assist CPB with appropriate and effective messaging about public media's education initiatives;
  • attend and participate in national education meetings

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Programs & Projects

CPB awards grants to stations and independent producers to create programs and services.