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), as part of its 2015-20 Ready To Learn initiative (“RTL”) funded by the Ready to Learn Television Program of the U.S. Department of Education, intends to contract with up to six public television stations to act as mentors to 25 stations that will be funded by CPB as RTL Station Training & Implementation funds starting in spring 2020. The mentors must have experience creating advanced digital and educational community engagement resources, through the RTL initiative, and must provide assistance to the stations as they implement these resources in low-income communities with children ages two to eight, and their families and caregivers (“the target audience”).

    Deadline: Jan 31, 2020
    Eligibility: See guidelines for specific qualifications.
  • The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), Office of Inspector General (OIG) is seeking a contractor to monitor the OIG’s system of quality control for audits performed under the Government Auditing Standards (GAS) issued by the Comptroller General of the United States.

    Deadline: Feb 07, 2020
    Eligibility: Open to all applicants.
  • The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), as part of its 2015-20 Ready To Learn (RTL) initiative funded by the Ready To Learn Television Program of the U.S. Department of Education, intends to fund up to 25 public television stations to receive hands-on training with advanced digital and educational community engagement resources, developed through the RTL initiative, and assistance to develop and implement these resources in low-income communities that they serve, with children ages two to eight, and their families and caregivers (collectively, the target audience). The goal is to strengthen the target audiences’ early science and literacy learning through programs designed by the stations, using these resources.

    Deadline: Jan 31, 2020
    Eligibility: See guidelines for specific qualifications.
  • 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 Television CSG recipients 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.

    Deadline: Jun 30, 2020
    Eligibility: Open to CSG-qualified TV Stations.
  • 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.