GRANT SUPPORT FOR COMMUNITY ACCESS TELEVISION STATIONS
"A federal grant is an award of financial assistance from a federal agency to a recipient to carry out a public purpose of support or stimulation authorized by a law of the United States. Federal grants are not federal assistance or loans to individuals. Non-profit organizations, and government organizations like state governments, local governments, city or township governments, and special district governments are eligible to apply for government grants". (Grants.gov)
PEG Channels rely on grants to purchase capital expenditures for new equipment, and capital expenditures necessary to provide programming. "Successful grant writing involves the coordination of several activities, including planning, searching for data and resources, writing and packaging a proposal, submitting a proposal to a funder, and follow-up". (CPB Grant Proposal Writing Tips).
LIST OF TELEVISION GRANT PROVIDERS
• Grants.gov is your source to find and apply for federal government grants. Today, Grants.gov is a central storehouse for information on over 1,000 grant programs and provides access to approximately $400 billion in annual awards.
• Corporation For Public Broadcasting television grants are open to any station, person, or entity. The Greenhouse Fund competitively awards grants for industry training and professional development projects for public television professionals and independent producers.
• COS Funding Opportunities is a comprehensive database of more than 25,000 records representing over $33 billion in funding. Sponsors include private foundations, public agencies, national and local governments, corporations and more. Funding is offered for many purposes such as research, collaborations, travel, curriculum development, conferences, fellowships, postdoctoral positions, equipment acquisitions, capital or operating expenses.
• The Foundation for Technology Education (FTE) was established in 1986 as a nonprofit 501 (c )(3) organization, initiated a program of giving in 1993, in which awards are presented during the ITEA Annual Conference. FTE awards support programs that will: make our children technologically literate; transfer industrial and corporate research into our schools; produce models of excellence in technology teaching; create public awareness regarding the nature of technology education; and help technology teachers maintain a competitive edge in technology.
• The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is a nonprofit, section 501(c)(3) philanthropic organization that seeks opportunities that can transform both communities and journalism, and help them reach their highest potential. The Knight Foundation wants to ensure that each community's citizens get the information they need to thrive in a democracy. The organization asks, as they evaluate opportunities and grants, "Is this truly transformational?" Nothing big happens without a big idea, and nothing new without a new idea.
• New Voices is a pioneering program to seed innovative community news ventures in the United States. Through 2008, New Voices is helping to fund the start-up of 40 micro-local news projects with $12,000 grants; support them with an educational Web site, and help foster their sustainability through $5,000 second-year matching grants. New Voices is administered by J-Lab at the University of Maryland and supported by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
• National Association of Broadcasters grant program is intended to fund research on economic, business, social, and policy issues important to station managers and other decision-makers in the U.S. commercial broadcast industry. To that end, NAB recently offered $25,000 in research grants to academics, graduate students and senior undergraduates undertaking studies to further the broadcast industry. Grant consideration is given to research proposals focusing on economic, business, social or policy issues important to U.S. radio and television stations.
• National Telecommunications and Information Administration's Office of Telecommunications and Information Applications (OTIA) assists public and non-profit entities in effectively using telecommunications and information technologies to better provide public services and advance other national goals. In addition, the office is administering programs that are helping the nation's transition to digital television.
• The Public Telecommunications Facilities Program (PTFP) is a competitive grant program that helps public broadcasting stations, state and local governments, Indian Tribes, and nonprofit organizations construct facilities to bring educational and cultural programs to the American Public using broadcast and non-broadcast telecommunications technologies.
• Sony's company-wide philanthropic efforts reflect the diverse interests of their core businesses and focus on several distinct areas: arts education, arts and culture, health and human services, civic and community outreach, education, and volunteerism. While positive consideration is given to efforts that promote literacy and basic educational competency, the company also seeks to apply its financial, technological, and human resources to the encouragement of the creative, artistic, technical, and scientific skills required of tomorrow's workforce
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