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Radio Community Service Grant

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

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Foundation / Corporation

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Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB)

Deadline Date:

05/19/21 5:00 PM Eastern Time


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Grants to USA noncommercial educational public radio stations to 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 programming expenses and general station operations. Approximately 25 percent of the CSG must be used exclusively for the acquisition, production, promotion, and distribution of national programming.

Priority status will be given to eligible Sole Service applicants, eligible Minority Audience Service Station applicants, and applicants providing the first public radio service in their coverage area. CPB will accept a limited number of stations into the Radio CSG Program during CPB’s FY 2022 grant year, contingent upon receipt of its federal appropriation at its current level and based on current radio CSG policy.

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

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 131984

Term of Contract:

All FY 2021 CSG funds that are not expended by September 30, 2022, must be returned to CPB on or before November 3, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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

A. Eligible Grantee: An eligible grantee is a Licensee that:
1. Operates one or more radio stations, at least one of which is the Licensee’s Flagship Station and meets the eligibility criteria herein;
2. Received a CSG in FY 2020 or submitted an application to CPB for CSG funding during the open application period; and
3. Is determined by CPB to be a qualified CSG recipient.

B. 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.

C. Additional Eligibility Criteria: 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, Full-time Employees and Full-time Equivalent Employees) 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, Fulltime Employees, and Full-time Equivalent Employees) 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:

Applications are due no later than May 19, 2021 at 5 PM Eastern Time.

All information provided to CPB in connection with the application is subject to CPB’s independent verification and CPB, in its sole discretion, will determine whether a station is eligible. Eligible applicants are accepted into the Radio CSG Program in the order their applications were received.

Contact Information:

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

Direct questions and submit applications to the Director, Radio CSG Policy & Administration at

Corporation for Public Broadcasting
401 Ninth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004-2129

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