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2014

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.

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.

Public Media Content and Engagement Grants for Stations to Work with Veterans

CPB seeks proposals from public media organizations to participate in a nationwide grant project that will build on public media's strengths to meet the emerging needs of veterans in local communities. Through this project, stations will work with key partner organizations to recognize veterans' service and share their stories, opportunities, and challenges through national and local content, and increase the number of veterans connecting with local resources to support their successful transition to civilian life. CPB expects to fund up to 12 stations at $25,000 per grant.

2013

Support for Participation in TV Multi-Station Master Controls

This program will assist eligible public TV stations with grants to pay for equipment or fees that are required to participate in existing multi-station master control projects. CPB will provide grants of up to 50% of total project costs for eligible budget items up to $50,000. Priority for grant support will be given to stations that are likely to encounter difficulty in securing capital equipment funding (based on market size, type of service, location or other circumstance), with the highest priority among these being rural stations. Please also note that priority will be given to grantees that plan to participate in multi-station master control projects that are currently operated by public television stations and organizations.

Local Journalism Centers

CPB seeks to enhance the capacity of public radio and television stations to create high quality original journalism by supporting the establishment of multimedia reporting collaborations or Local Journalism Centers (LJCs) among small groups of stations. CPB is offering grants to qualified groups of three or more stations willing to form LJCs.

2012

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.

CPB Emergency Alert and Communication Grants

In order to help public television and radio stations successfully engage with their local community's public safety authorities to provide essential alert and communications services during emergencies, CPB is offering Emergency Alert and Communication (EAC) Grants.

2011

Digital Distribution Fund (DDF) Round 17

CPB has determined that funds should be allocated in ways that will facilitate the delivery of digital content, enable multi-platform content distribution and provide other advanced digital services.

Mobile/Handheld Digital Television Program

This program will assist CPB-qualified public television stations to acquire and install equipment for mobile delivery of digital content and other advanced mobile digital services.

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).

Digital Distribution Fund (DDF) Round 16

CPB will be accepting applications for Round 16 DDF grants from CSG-qualified, non-commercial educational (NCE) television licensees for the projects. Stations should consider that this may be the last opportunity to receive DDF funding.

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.

2010

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.

ATSC Mobile/Handheld Digital Television Grant Program

The goal of this grant program is to assist CPB qualified public television stations to develop and install an end-to-end Mobile DTV infrastructure for delivery of Mobile DTV content.

Professional Development Grants

For the 2010 fiscal year, CPB will be providing travel grants for professional development to qualified small public television stations (defined by an NFFS of $2M or less). These grants will enable small stations to continue to receive the training and development needed to enhance their local services. CPB will give priority to stations sending minorities, women and emerging leaders from within their organizations.

Digital Distribution Fund (DDF) Round 15

CPB will be accepting applications for Round 15 DDF grants from CPB-qualified, non-commercial educational (NCE) television licensees for the following Categories. Stations should consider that this may be the last opportunity to receive DDF funding.

CPB Workforce Diversity Associates Program

CPB is initiating this Request for Proposals to encourage and solicit stations and content developers interested in participating in a workforce diversification program, geared towards targeted employment opportunities, for a diverse group of media professionals.

Strengthening Local Journalism, Round Two

This Request for Proposals calls for the creation of Local Journalism Centers in the South and the Northwest United States.

My Source Impact Communication Grants

Funding to empower public television and radio stations to communicate their community impact to on a local, regional, and statewide level to key decision makers, community leader and stakeholders.

2009

Grow the Audience: Strengthening Local Journalism

This Request for Proposals seeks proposals from groups of 3-6 stations willing to form multi-platform reporting Local Journalism Centers around a single topic or issue that will result in an elevated quality and quantity of journalism. The Local Journalism Centers should create compelling content and community engagement opportunities that include audio, video, text, photos, blogs, social networking, dynamic syndication, and mobile applications.

Digital Distribution Fund (DDF) Round 14

CPB will be accepting applications for Round 14 DDF grants from CPB-qualified, non-commercial educational (NCE) television licensees for Priority One: Digital Television Transmission Facilities and Priority Two: Digital Master Control Services projects.

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.

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.

Economy Response Grant Program

CPB has created the Economy Response Grant program in response to the widespread economic downturn, and is open to all CPB-qualified public radio and television stations. The program seeks to support stations' efforts to help their communities through initiatives that establish collaboration with community partners and that raise awareness of the impact the current economic crisis is having on the station's community.

Public Media Innovation Fund Round 4

The Public Media Innovation Fund Round Four is seeking to make investments in a small number of educationally-oriented projects that can support public broadcasting's role to increase economic and financial literacy.

Engaging Communities on the Economy

The Engaging Communities on the Economy Grants may be used by stations to convene civic leaders, community groups and citizens in productive dialogue - in person, on-air or online - addressing regional and local economic issues. Grants may be used to plan or conduct collaborative projects in response to identified community needs related to the financial crisis (e.g., joblessness, bankruptcies, credit card debt).

2008

My Source Community Impact Awards

The My Source Community Impact Awards are designed to recognize and showcase examples of local public broadcasting's connection to community. CPB will honor awardees at the 2009 National Leaders Meeting.

Digital Distribution Fund (DDF) Round 12b

DDF funding for Round 12b projects will assist stations in the purchase and installation of digital transmission equipment necessary to (1) complete construction of digital television transmission facilities as required by FCC Construction Permits that expire on February 17, 2009, and/or (2) complete DTV transmission facility changes, whether or not the project completion target coincides with the February 17, 2009 analog shutoff.

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.

Digital Distribution Fund (DDF) Round 12

CPB established the Digital Distribution Fund (DDF) to award grants to CPB-qualified, non-commercial educational (NCE) television licensees to assist stations in transitioning to digital transmission.

Public Media Innovation Fund Round 3

Round Three of the Public Media Innovation Fund will focus on new media sustainability by distributing as much as $200,000 in grants of up to $50,000.

Station-Based Election Programming Initiative

The Station-Based Election Programming Initiative (SEPI) provides grant funding to enable local public broadcasting stations to create television programs and multi-platform media content about 2008 election issues.

Local Service Initiative Round 3

The Local Service Initiative is designed to provide seed money to develop new or significantly enhance current public service initiatives aligned with a public television station's strategic plan. The amount of each grant will not be greater than $200,000.

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.

Small Station Statewide Collaboration Initiative

The Small Station Statewide Collaboration Initiative (SSSCI) is a competitive grant program that offers financial assistance to facilitate the creation of collaborative relationships through statewide or regional associations among public television stations that share common cause and collaborative interest in serving a broader definition of community that extends beyond their coverage areas.

2007

Digital Distribution Fund (DDF) Round 11

CPB established the Digital Distribution Fund (DDF) to award grants to CPB-qualified, non-commercial educational (NCE) television licensees to assist stations in transitioning to digital transmission. DDF Round 11 is funded through a special federal $29.7 million FY07 CPB appropriation for transition to digital technology.

Public Media Innovation Fund Round 2

With the proliferation of new distribution platforms, the public broadcasting system is able to reach the American public in ways not before possible. In order to help stations seize these new opportunities, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting has established a Public Media Innovation grant program (PMI) to support small-scale experimentation.

Public Awareness Initiative Pilot Program

Stations chosen to participate will have the opportunity to help shape the Public Awareness Initiative (PAI) and will receive significant professional support, including assistance with implementation ideas and strategy from Powell Tate Weber Shandwick Public Affairs (PTWS).

CPB Nielsen Digital Encoders Program

The reimbursement program is intended to assist stations in the purchases of the digital Nielsen encoders to ensure the accurate measurement of PBS national and local station viewership. The program provides a 60/40 CPB/station split to encourage stations to purchase the digital Nielsen encoders. The program begins on January 15th, 2007. Encoder purchases made between January 1, 2006 and January 15th, 2007 are also eligible.

Local Service Initiative Round 2

The Local Service Initiative Matching Grant Program is designed to provide seed money to develop new or significantly enhance current public service initiatives aligned with a station's strategic plan. The LSI is a multi-year matching grant program with subsequent rounds to be announced.

Public Media Innovation Fund Round 1

The Public Media Innovation Fund provides between $5,000 and $20,000 to stations to support small-scale experimentation in new distribution platforms.

Strategic Planning Initiative

The Strategic Planning Initiative will provide funds, based on application to a grant program, to CPB-qualified public television Stations for developing or revising their strategic plans.

Local Service Initiative Round 1

The Local Service Initiative Matching Grant Program is designed to provide seed money to develop new or significantly enhance current public service initiatives aligned with a station's strategic plan. The LSI is a multi-year matching grant program with subsequent rounds to be announced.

Community Engagement Initiative

The goal of this request for proposals is to invite a representative group of public broadcasting stations to take part in the Community Engagement Initiative, a two-year initiative representing a collaboration between the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, to deepen and expand station efforts at civic engagement.

2006

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.

Small Station Strategic Planning Initiative

This initiative provides CPB-qualified public television stations with revenues under $2.0 million the funds to hire consultants from a list provided by CPB. The consultants will work with the station and its key stakeholders to develop a three year strategic plan and a one year action plan. The Consultants will use a planning template in the delivery of strategic planning services to Stations.

Digital Distribution Fund (DDF) Round 10

Pursuant to the requirement that all analog television stations cease operations in February 17, 2009, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) commissioned a research project to determine the impact of the pending FCC Final DTV Table of Allotments on costs and requirements for CPB-qualified non-commercial educational (NCE) television licensees. This research informed the Digital Television Consultation Panel which recommended DDF Round 10 to assist NCE licensees in the costs of Rechannelization.

Small Station Strategic Planning Initiative

This initiative provides CPB-qualified public television stations with revenues under $2.0 million the funds to hire consultants from a list provided by CPB. The consultants will work with the station and its key stakeholders to develop a three year strategic plan and a one year action plan. The Consultants will use a planning template in the delivery of strategic planning services to Stations.

Digital Distribution Fund (DDF) Round 09

CPB will be accepting applications for Digital Distribution Fund grants from CPB-qualified, non-commercial educational (NCE) television licensees for digital television transmission equipment.

Local Service Grant Program Administrator

The Local Service Grant Program Administrator will be responsible for the design, management and oversight of the Local Service Grant Project program, a large-scale, multi-year grant program for public television stations.

Small Station Fund: Partnerships for Impact

This competitive grant program offers financial assistance to facilitate the creation of identified and sustainable collaborative relationships among public broadcast stations and between small public stations and other community-based public service organizations.

Small Station Fund: Partnerships for Impact

This competitive grant program offers financial assistance to facilitate the creation of identified and sustainable collaborative relationships among public broadcast stations and between small public stations and other community-based public service organizations.

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.

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.

2005

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.

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.

Merger/Collaboration Planning Assistance Program

CPB continues to encourage stations to consider mergers and collaborations as a strategy to improve operational efficiency, develop economies of scale and secure long-term sustainability, and most importantly, as a way to strengthen stations' capacity to deliver local content and services. This program provides financial support to conduct the necessary due-diligence and to develop a merger and/or collaboration implementation plan.

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