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Corporation for Public Broadcasting: Coming Home – Connecting to Community

Deadline: October 25, 2019

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), is supporting a new public media initiative, Coming Home – Connecting to Community, to increase and promote authentic local storytelling through multi-platform media (original television, radio, and digital-first) and engagement that develops and delivers a renewed narrative about life in rural America. New multi-platform content, created by local stations with local voices and talent, will celebrate the diversity, culture, traditions, and richness of small-town America, not being told by commercial media.

CPB is offering local planning, pre-production, and engagement grants to identify and utilize local talent, producers, filmmakers, and local citizens in rural communities to share their stories about what “home” means, in terms of pride of place, culture, belonging, and shared values. With the goal to increase local multi-platform production and dialogue as well as increase national television distribution for stories from rural America, select public media stations will be chosen to develop a full proposal for a local-to-national project. Submitted proposals will be able to clearly articulate how the grant will be used to conduct various pre-production tasks such as, but not limited to, environmental scans, local listening sessions or focus groups, talent pipeline assessment, story ideation, target audience research, preliminary shooting and editing, treatment and budget development, travel costs, partner and stakeholder engagement, or identifying and collaborating with outside consultants.

Amount: A total of 10 grants that range up to $50,000 will be awarded.

Eligibility: Any public media organization that directly serves rural communities is eligible to apply. According to City Lab, there are three types of rural areas: chronically poor, transitioning and amenity-rich. https://www.citylab.com/equity/2018/06/the-three-rural-americas/561791/

Link: https://www.cpb.org/grants/Coming-Home-Connecting-Community

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