Healthy Network Initiative for Public Television Stations


CSG-qualified public television stations.


Rolling or Multiple

Grant Guidelines

CPB is accepting grant applications to its Healthy Network Initiative from CSG-qualified public television stations who join a qualified Joint Master Control (JMC) and/or consolidate two or more CSG-qualified public television stations under one executive management. Five million dollars ($5 million) in funding is available each year and will be granted to eligible applicants on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Stations that have streamlined operations and reduced infrastructure and other costs in order to increase capacity for providing stronger local service should consider applying for the grants. Station personnel should carefully review the grant guidelines and the Television CSG General Provisions prior to applying for grants under this program.

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

To apply for a Healthy Network Initiative grant for public television stations, the following items must be completed and returned to CPB:

  • Signed Application
  • Appropriate Documentation (as outlined in the Grant Guidelines)

Keep a copy of your application materials for your records and email the completed application and supporting materials to

Questions from Potential Respondents, with CPB Answers:

FAQ Topic: 
Community Service Grant, Television

My station received a $50,000 grant from CPB several years ago to join a Master Control. We would now like to apply for the Healthy Network Initiative JMC grant so that we can get the full balance that we didn’t receive earlier. Is that possible?

No. This is a separate grant program. The timing of the Healthy Network Initiative is that executed agreements supporting stations applications for this program must have come into effect on or after January 1, 2016.

Can a station apply for a JMC and One Executive Management grant at the same time?

Yes, that is possible, however, all eligible stations must have executed agreements supporting both applications effective on or after January 1, 2016.

We are going to continue to operate our local master control. However, we need more storage space. Can I apply for a JMC grant and receive a prorated amount so that I can acquire additional storage through a JMC?

No. A station applying for a JMC must commit to discontinuing a substantial majority of its master control operation in order to be eligible for a JMC grant.

How long will the expenditure period be for both the JMC and One Executive Management grants?

Because both programs in the Healthy Network Initiative make use of CSG funds, stations have two CPB fiscal years to spend the money. Example: a station receiving its first $75,000 in FY 2017 has until September 30, of 2018 to spend the money.

Do I specifically have to use the grant funds received for the JMC and/or One Executive Management costs? What if I have other expenses?

While TV CSG money is unrestricted, in order to receive the funding, stations have to either join a JMC and/or come together under One Executive Management.

My station signed up to join a Master Control in mid-December 2015, but my JMC did not start providing services to my station until mid-February of 2016. Is my station still eligible?

No. The date of the agreement is the start date for eligibility. Agreements must have been executed on or after January 1, 2016 in order for a station to be eligible.

What if I want to change JMC providers at some time during the 5-year window that obligates my station to be part of a JMC. Can I make the change without returning money to CPB?

Yes, as long as a qualified JMC is providing your station services for a period of five years your station is fine. The decision as to which qualified JMC a station uses is a local decision.