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

  • The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) seeks the services of a broadcast engineering consultant knowledgeable in television and radio broadcasting technology, broadcast spectrum, business operations, and policy to advise CPB on technical and regulatory issues relating to market transition considerations for NextGen TV (ATSC 3.0), broadcast spectrum allocation, content distribution interconnection systems (Interconnection), 5G, emergency alerting technology, FCC matters, and other similar issues as they relate to public broadcasting technology.

    Deadline: Dec 20, 2023
    Eligibility: Open to all applicants.
  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) seeks the services of a creative producer to provide audio video content to advance CPB’s priorities in education and journalism, as well as to support public media stations’ work.

    Deadline: Dec 13, 2023
    Eligibility: Open to all applicants.
  • The Corporation for Public Broadcasting is accepting proposals to increase and deepen public media’s news and public affairs coverage of state government and policies and their impact on state residents. This is a second call for state government coverage proposals, following an initial round of $2.25 million in grants that was announced in September 2023.

    Deadline: Jan 31, 2024
    Eligibility: Open to CSG-qualified TV and Radio Stations.
  • The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) seeks an entity to design and implement a professional development fellowship initiative for station managers who oversee public media newsrooms (“Initiative”). The Initiative will engage 50 fellows (“Fellows”) in small cohorts, over a timeframe of two years, with a customized curriculum of onsite and virtual training and activities, supported by ongoing mentoring and coaching, to improve the knowledge and expertise of these managers.

    Deadline: Jan 16, 2024
    Eligibility: Open to all applicants.
  • 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.