The American History and Civics Initiative represents a major commitment by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to use its educational mandate, reach, and creative capacity to address critical shortfalls in middle and high school students' knowledge of American history, our political system, and their roles as citizens.
To do so, this initiative will award $20 million in grants to forge unique and sustainable partnerships between public television producers and broadcast outlets, the educational community, curriculum developers, the high tech industry and other appropriate partners, to design, test and create integrated interactive multimedia platforms that improve learning.
The objective of CPB's American History and Civics Initiative is to catalyze new partnerships among public television, filmmakers and other content developers, the education community, the high technology sector, and others to design new, groundbreaking media projects that measurably improve the learning of American history and enhance civic participation among middle and high school students.
Questions regarding this Request for Proposals and the American History and Civics Initiative should be submitted in writing to History.Civics@cpb.org.
Request for Proposals
- 88 proposals were received by the Nov 1st deadline.
- More than 40 public television stations have applied.
- Managing partners come from over half of the nation's 50 states.
- Many of the nation's leading universities, tech companies and content developers have applied.
- Applicants have proposed over $5,400,000 in private matching funds for the R&D phase.
- Receipt of Confirmation notices were mailed to each Managing Partner on November 4.
- Internal review of all submissions is currently underway.
- External review of all submissions has been completed.
The American History and Civics Initiative staff conducted briefings with potential applicants to discuss CPB's goals, intentions, and expectations with respect to this initiative.
Los Angeles August 2
Chicago May 27
New York May 23
San Francisco May 3