CPB Announces $500,000 in Education Innovation Planning Grants for Public Media Stations

$10,000 Seed Grants to Spur Innovation

January 22, 2018

(WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 22, 2018) – To help spur innovation in public media education content and services, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) will offer $500,000 in grants to help up to 50 public media stations explore innovative education programs or initiatives. 

Through these $10,000 education innovation grants, CPB will be encouraging stations to connect educational projects to their local communities. Educational initiatives for any age group, from early childhood to adult learners, beyond existing models such as camps and workshops, will be eligible. Grants could include, but are not limited to, initiatives to amplify youth voices and support civic engagement and media literacy; to develop local curriculum and/or test new content, or to target new learning audiences on digital platforms.

CPB announced the grants at the Public Media Thought Leader Forum, which opened the 2018 National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) conference held in Washington, D.C., this week. 

“The Public Media Thought Leader Forum focuses on ways public media stations can enhance their educational content and services for new, diverse generations,” said Pat Harrison, CPB’s president and CEO. “These grants are another way CPB is helping stations explore new avenues to provide public media’s trusted and valued educational content on air, online and in person.”

The CPB-sponsored forum features discussions on how public media stations can connect with their communities to further their educational mission. Guest speakers include J.D. Vance, the best-selling author of “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis”; Linda Burch, chief strategy and development officer, Common Sense Media; Michael B. Horn, award-winning author and co-founder of the Clayton Christensen Institute; David Callahan, founder and editor of Inside Philanthropy; Kevin Clark, Ph.D., professor and founding director of the Center for Digital Media Innovation and Diversity at George Mason University; Mimi Ito, Ph.D., professor in residence and MacArthur Foundation chair in Digital Media and Learning, University of California, Irvine; and rapper Darryl "DMC" McDaniels, co-founder of the Felix Organization, which helps children growing up in the foster care system. 

These speakers and others are part of a schedule of interdisciplinary, participant-led sessions showcasing inventive work spanning education, community engagement, digital content and social media. CPB sponsored the forum and is offering the grants as part of its Partnership 2020 initiative to help stations be more responsive to their communities. 

“CPB’s investment in public media’s education work is a game changer, both through the Public Media Thought Leader Forum and through these grant opportunities that will surely jumpstart promising projects,” said Eric Hyyppa, president of NETA.

All stations, including those currently receiving funding from CPB for the American Graduate, Ready To Learn, and/or Veterans Coming Home initiatives, will be eligible to apply for planning grant work that is distinct from what is already funded by CPB. 

Further details on how to apply for the innovation planning grants will be available in March at https://www.cpb.org/grants


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