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.
The webinar can be viewed here: https://apts.org/grantcenter/gc-webinars/planning-education-innovation-new-cpb-grant-opportunity
Implementation grants will be dependent on several factors including the project's workscope, other sources of funding and available CPB funding.
All CSG-qualified public television and radio stations are eligible to apply. Please refer to Section 1 in the RFA.
Should the travel costs to Washington, D.C. for participation in the in-person training meeting be included within the grant request?
Please refer to the RFA.