The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), as part of the 2015-20 Ready To Learn initiative (RTL) intends to provide funding for up to 30 public television stations in phase one, from which up to 14 stations will be selected for funding in phase two. In phase one (October 1, 2017 through April 30, 2018), applicants must demonstrate that the station has sufficient staff available to support the project with experience in early learning, station leadership support for this project, and the capacity to develop a community engagement collaborative to support early learning in STEM and literacy. In phase two (October 1, 2018 – September 30, 2020), CPB expects to fund approximately 14 of these stations to implement a two-year Community Collaborative for Early Learning & Media (CC-ELM). The objective of the CC-ELM is to give children ages two to eight from low-income households (the "Target Audience") a stronger foundation in early science and literacy learning by engaging them, their families, and their caregivers with Ready To Learn’s high-quality digital and hands-on educational content.
If selected for phase one, stations must use the grant funds to conduct a needs assessment to identify a community site for the project and potential partners, utilizing a toolkit developed by CPB. Once those partners are secured, the stations must work with them to develop a two-year community engagement plan using the CC-ELM model. At the close of phase one, CPB will review applicants’ community engagement plans for funding consideration in phase two.
To be eligible to apply for consideration, applicants must currently be CPB Community Service Grant recipients in good standing and have recent experience with the Target Audience using any CPB-PBS RTL content and models from the 2010-15 and 2015-20 grant periods (which may include, but is not limited to, Odd Squad Be the Agent Camps, Boston University Teacher Professional Development Modules, and PBS KIDS Transmedia Suites).
These Community Partnership Planning grants are funded by the CPB-PBS RTL Content, Community, and Collaboration: Advancing Children's Learning through Personalized Media Experiences grant, funded under the U.S. Department of Education RTL grant (No. U295A100025, CFDA No. 84.295A). The total amount of funds available for these 30 planning grants is $50,000 and contingent on CPB’s continued receipt of its annual federal appropriations for the RTL program.