This program will assist public TV stations with grants to pay for equipment or fees that are required to participate in existing multi-station master control projects. CPB will provide grants of up to 50% of total project costs for eligible budget items up to $50,000.
Priority for grant support will be given to stations that are likely to encounter difficulty in securing capital equipment funding (based on market size, type of service, location or other circumstance), with the highest priority among these being rural stations.
Grant support is available for:
- Last-mile fiber or other connectivity;
- Special automation, storage, remote control or other equipment or needed at either the station or the centralcast facility;
- One-time entry or operational fees for joining the multi-station master control. Such fees must effectively reduce or eliminate the grantee station's master control equipment "refresh and replace" costs for several years.
Please also note that priority will be given to grantees that plan to participate in multi-station master control projects that are currently operated by public television stations and organizations.