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

  • In collaboration with the Federal Emergency Management Agency Integrated Public Alert & Warning System (“IPAWS”), CPB will be administering the Next Generation Warning System (“NGWS”) Grant to extend the reach and quality of IPAWS alerts throughout the United States. CPB will issue subgrants to public television and radio stations for the purchase, installation of, and training on equipment that will allow IPAWS alerts to be distributed over public radio and television broadcasts, as well as support projects that result in the adoption of the Common Alerting Protocol standard (“CAP”) which permits a single CAP compatible message to activate multiple compliant warning systems.

    Deadline: Sep 12, 2024
    Eligibility: See guidelines for specific qualifications.
  • 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.