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Radio Community Service Grant (CSG) Program

Grants to USA Noncommercial Public Radio Stations
for Operations and Quality Programming

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB)

Deadline Date:

06/24/19 Postmarked


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Grants to USA noncommercial, educational public radio stations that provide quality public service programming to their communities. Funding is intended for stations to expand the scope and quality of services to local communities. Grants must be used by station recipients for general station operations and programming expenses. Approximately 25 percent of the CSG must be used exclusively for the acquisition, production, promotion, and distribution of national programming

Priority status is given to eligible Sole Service applicants, eligible Minority Audience Service Station applicants, and applicants providing the first public radio service in their coverage area

Unrestricted CSG expenditures must fall into one of the following seven categories, which include salaries and benefits for personnel engaged in those activities.
1. Programming, Production, and Services include Programming and Production, Educational Programs, and Educational Outreach Activities
2. Broadcasting, Transmission, and Distribution
3. Program Information and Promotion: Informing the viewing or listening public of available program services
4. Fundraising and Membership Development: Activities to persuade others to contribute money, securities, time, materials, or facilities to the station.
5. Underwriting and Grant Solicitation: Soliciting program underwriting funds and general support grants from foundations, corporations, and governments.
6. Management and General: Supervising and controlling overall day-to-day operations, accounting, and office service activities.
7. Purchase, Rehabilitation, or Improvement of Capital Assets: Purchase, rehabilitation, or improvement of capital assets.

Expenditures from the restricted portion of the CSG must fall into one of the following four categories:
1. Production Expenditures
2. Program and Content Acquisition Expenditures
3. Distribution Expenditures
4. Promotion Expenditures

More information about eligible expenditures can be found at:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 131984

Term of Contract:

All FY 2019 CSG funds that are not expended by September 30, 2020, must be returned to CPB on or before November 3, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All stations must meet a variety of legal, managerial, staffing, and operational criteria each year.

An Eligible Grantee is a Licensee that:
1. Operates one or more radio stations, at least one of which meets the eligibility criteria herein and is designated as the Licensee’s Flagship Station in CPB’s Integrated Station Information System;
2. Received a CSG in FY 2018 or submits an application to CPB for CSG funding during an open application period; and
3. Is determined by CPB to be a qualified CSG recipient.

Ineligible Stations: The following radio stations are not eligible to receive a CSG:
1. Closed-circuit or carrier current stations;
2. Stations that are managed and operated by and for students;
3. Stations that primarily provide training programming to Licensee employees, clients, and/or representatives; and
4. Stations licensed to political organizations.

Grantees in the categories below are subject to the following additional eligibility criteria:
1. Joint Licensees: Joint Licensees must individually meet the requirements set forth herein and the applicable General Provisions governing their television CSG. Resources (including but not limited to NFFS, FT employees and FTEs) designated to meet the requirements of one CSG may not be used to meet the requirements for any other CSG.
2. Licensees Receiving Multiple Radio CSGs: Licensees receiving multiple radio CSGs must ensure that each Grantee individually meets the requirements set forth in the General Provisions. Resources (including but not limited to NFFS, FT employees, and FTEs) designated to meet the requirements of one CSG may not be used to meet the requirements for any other CSG.
3. Overlapping Stations: Overlapping stations, owned by the same Licensee, are deemed a single Grantee and do not qualify for separate CSGs.

Ineligible expenditures can be found at

Pre-Application Information:

To apply for a CPB Radio Community Service Grant (CSG), applicants must complete and return to CPB the Radio CSG Application for Fiscal Year 2020 and Related Exhibits.

Applications must be postmarked no later than June 24, 2019.

Eligible applicants are accepted into the Radio CSG Program in the order their applications were received.

Financial Reporting Guidelines:
Communications Act Compliance:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Mail application to:
Director, Radio CSG Policy & Administration
Corporation for Public Broadcasting
401 Ninth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004-2129

All questions about this grant should be directed to the Office of Grants Administration at

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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