The Radio Station Collaboration Program (SCP) is designed to support Community Service Grant (CSG) recipients that have entered into collaborative or consolidation agreements with other CSG recipients to significantly increase their public service as described below in greater detail.
SCP funding will be provided under Multi-Station Consolidations or Multi-Station Operational and/or Development Collaborations in the form of an increased annual CSG base grant of $150,000, which includes SCP funding, for up to three years beginning CPB's fiscal year 2017. The increased CSG base grant will be awarded to stations that engage in qualified collaborations and consolidations increasing the station's public service as follows:
- greater investments in direct audience services, including local content creation, and more cost-effective investment in infrastructure;
- greater capacity and more efficient scale to maximize station resources and assets;
- effective use of technology to increase effectiveness and reduce costs; and
- increased revenue and long term sustainability of the participating stations.
CPB is accepting applications until Friday, August 12, 2016.
The SCP has been available to stations since CPB’s fiscal year 2014. If applications from qualified entities are not received by the deadline, CPB will discontinue the SCP and this will be the final year it is offered. Recipients of SCP funding are subject to the provisions in the FY 2016 Radio Community Service Grant General Provisions and Eligibility Criteria (General Provisions).