Education Innovation Station Planning Grant


Open to CSG-qualified TV and Radio Stations.


Apr 11, 2018

Request for Applications

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) intends to provide grants of $10,000 per station to up to 50 public television stations to spur innovation in stations’ local education efforts and to enhance stations’ capacity to carry out that work. Through this grant, stations will develop a plan to develop new education services or improve existing service models to better meet the needs of their communities. The plans may target any subject area or age group, from early learners through adult learners.
Recipients of the grants will be required to participate in professional learning activities, such as needs assessment training and other similar activities, combined with an in-person training session, provided by CPB and partners. Stations should also conduct research into the education needs of their local markets, combined with research into how to best sustain their education efforts locally. This grant opportunity is not limited to stations previously involved in educational activities, and we encourage stations that have not previously engaged in educational efforts to apply. Stations that are currently participating in American Graduate and/or Ready To Learn may apply; however, work proposed through education innovation planning grant applications must be distinct from work that is already funded by CPB. To be eligible to apply for consideration, applicants must currently be CPB Community Service Grant recipients in good standing.
In crafting their plans, stations should connect their educational projects to other innovative work taking place locally, such as work being undertaken by community partner organizations, and innovative work taking place through the stations’ digital and social media efforts.
Station grantees will be required to develop project plans to fully implement their proposals. Project plans will help stations prepare to submit full proposals to CPB in response to grant submission program, anticipated to launch in early 2019. CPB funds for implementation grants are not guaranteed. Stations will be expected to solicit funds from additional sources for such proposals.

Please download the Request for Applications below for detailed information, including application requirements.
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Application Procedure and General Questions:

Applicants must submit their technical and cost proposals through CPB’s electronic grants management system portal. To gain access to the electronic grants management system, please send an email request to Megan Fitzpatrick,, no later than Friday, March 30, 2018 at 12:00 PM ET. CPB will provide access to eligible applicants within two business days. Applications are due no later than Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 12:00 PM ET. CPB will not consider applications submitted after this time. Please note: even if your station already has an account with CPB’s electronic grants portal, you must still contact Megan to request access to this specific RFA.

All questions must be submitted in writing to Fiona Macintyre, Director of Education, CPB will post all responses without attribution. The deadline for submitting questions is Friday, April 6, 2018 at 12:00 PM ET.

The APTS Grant Center will hold a webinar regarding the request for grant applications on Thursday, March 15 at 1:00 pm ET. The webinar is open to all stations. You must register for the webinar prior to participating, no later than Wednesday, March 14 at 12:00 pm ET.

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