Open Grants and RFPs


CPB provides funding for the development of public media television, radio, and digital content as well as multiplatform projects that reflect public media’s mission to educate, inform and inspire the American public by providing stories through diverse perspectives, genres, styles and technologies.

As a steward of federal funds, the vast majority of CPB support—by law—goes directly to local stations through Community Service Grants, which help stations expand the quality and scope of their work. However, CPB offers a limited number of additional grants to producers for Content & Production, and here, additional station support to address specific initiatives and issue areas. Browse below or in CPB’s closed grants archive for examples.

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Latest Grant and RFP Opportunities

  • CPB is accepting grant applications to its Healthy Network Initiative from CSG-qualified public television stations who join a qualified Joint Master Control (JMC) and/or consolidate two or more Television CSG recipients under one executive management. Five million dollars ($5 million) in funding is available each year and will be granted to eligible applicants on a first-come, first-serve basis.

    Deadline: Jun 30, 2020
    Eligibility: Open to CSG-qualified TV Stations.
  • The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) seeks the services of a qualified researcher (“Contractor”) to conduct a study of local public media stations’ education strategies and programs, to assess stations’ needs, capacities, and current strategies. CPB’s objective in commissioning this survey is to inform its strategic planning around station education programs and to share survey outcomes with stations. Contractor must create a brief (approximately 30 questions) survey, in consultation with CPB, that uses branching questions to capture the respective data of public television, public radio, and joint public television/radio licensee stations. Contractor must also manage the process of data collection, analyze the resulting data, and provide a complete data set to CPB. CPB expects Contractor to provide CPB with a full set of survey findings in an electronic format such as PowerPoint, and to create a publication-quality report with a detailed analysis of the data that CPB may use to share key findings with stations and key stakeholders.

    Deadline: Oct 18, 2019
    Eligibility: Open to all applicants.
  • The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (“CPB”), is supporting a new public media initiative, Coming Home: Connecting to Community, to increase and promote authentic local storytelling through multi-platform media (original television, radio and digital-first) and engagement that develops and delivers a renewed narrative about life in rural America. New multi-platform content, created by local stations with local voices and talent, will celebrate the diversity, culture, traditions, and richness of small-town America, not being told by commercial media.

    Deadline: Oct 25, 2019
    Eligibility: Open to CSG-qualified TV and Radio Stations.
  • The Collaborative Operations and Services ("COS") grant program is intended to support multistation initiatives to fully develop and implement collaborations, strategic alliances and other forms of partnerships that will increase stations' abilities and capacities to achieve more together than each can accomplish alone. The COS will provide smaller grants to assist stations with facilitation, analysis, and research ("FAR") required for establishing parameters for collaboration efforts, as well as larger grants for the implementation of serious collaborative efforts.

    Deadline: Rolling or Multiple
    Eligibility: TV, Joint or Radio CSG recipients in good standing, collaborations of CSG recipients, and/or existing non-profit organizations that deliver services to, or represent, CSG recipients.