FY 2016 Radio Station Grant Calculations

Fiscal Year 2016

Expenditure period: 10/1/2015 - 9/30/2017

The following is updated information regarding grant calculations for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Radio Community Service Grants (CSG).

FY 2016 Appropriation

The FY 2016 CSG pool is based on a general CPB appropriation for FY 2016 of $444,061,940. This appropriation amount reflects an advance appropriation of $445,000,000, less a rescission of 0.2108 percent.

70 Percent in the First Payment

In accordance with the CPB Board’s resolution of September 2012 and reaffirmed at the June 2014 Board meeting, CPB will once again provide each grantee with 70 percent of its annual CSG in its first payment.

Important Note: As stated on each grantee’s FY 2016 CSG Agreement and Certification of Eligibility form, the grant offer is contingent upon CPB's receipt of its authorized appropriation for FY 2016 and is subject to decreases.

Incentive Rate of Return

The final Incentive Rate of Return (IRR), applicable to CSG Levels C and D, is 0.0576916387. Fluctuation in IRR from year to year is a function of total radio system non-Federal financial support (NFFS) and the CPB appropriation. Please note there is a two-year lag between station financial data used for CSGs and the CPB fiscal year.

FY 2016 Unrestricted Percentage:    74.07%
FY 2016 Restricted Percentage:       25.93%*

*All radio CSG recipients are required to spend 25.93 percent of the FY 2016 CSG on national program production and acquisition costs and be used exclusively for the acquisition, production, promotion and/or distribution of national programming of high quality, diversity, creativity, excellence and innovation, with strict adherence to objectivity and balance in all programs or series of programs of a controversial nature.

FY 2016 Base Grant Amounts (based on current budget level):

Level A: $100,000
Level B: $72,160
Level C: $72,160
Level D: $57,728

FY 2016 Radio CSG Formulas


CSG Formulas

The information below provides a basic overview of Minority Audience Service Station and Rural Audience Service Station qualification. More information is available in the Radio CSG General Provisions and Eligibility.

Minority Audience Service Station Support

A grantee seeking Minority Audience Service Station qualification is based on the grantee meeting at least one of the criteria below.

  • A measured minority audience composition (cume) greater than 45 percent averaged over the previous three consecutive measured quarters; or
  • The station is licensed to a designated Historically Black College or University; or
  • The station is licensed to: a) a Native American Tribe, b) a consortium of Native American Tribes, c) an entity controlled by a Native American Tribe, or d) a community within recognized Tribal Lands and provides a coverage area of which a substantial portion includes Tribal Lands.

Rural Audience Service Station Support

A grantee seeking Rural Audience Service Station qualification must have a coverage area population density equal to or less than 40 people per square kilometer.

Contact CPB

All questions about this information should be directed to the Office of Grants Administration at csg@cpb.org. Remember to always identify your station call letters and/or grantee ID number so that we can respond quickly to your inquiry.