System Support

RTL 2020-25 Learning Neighborhood Planning Projects

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (“CPB”), as part of the 2020-25 Ready To Learn initiative (“RTL”), intends to contract with up to thirty public television stations to participate in a capacity-building planning period (“Phase I”) from which a third and final cohort of 18 stations will be selected for funding as Learning Neighborhoods (“Phase II”), an innovative model of community engagement designed to extend the reach and impact of RTL content in low-income communities. A Learning Neighborhood consists of a group of partners, including a local PBS station, that are acutely focused on the early learning needs of children and their families in the local station’s service area (“Learning Neighborhood”). Learning Neighborhoods will intentionally coordinate parent, family and educator experiences and provide a comprehensive set of touchpoints for a community to support a child’s learning, encouraging sustained use and extending the impact of the RTL content. On a macro level, the goal of the Learning Neighborhood will be to foster a community-wide culture that promotes Ready To Learn’s “Learn Together” theme and empowers children and adults to learn anytime, anywhere – at home, in the neighborhood, and within local systems and spaces.

Broadcast Engineering Consulting Services RFP: Coverage Area Population and Contour Overlap Analyses

CPB is seeking proposals from broadcast engineering consulting firms (Consultant) with public television and radio expertise to provide coverage area analyses, contour overlap data, and demographic population analyses for public broadcasting stations receiving or applying for Community Service Grant (CSG) funding from CPB.

ATSC 3 Adoption Planning and Post FCC Spectrum Auction Repack

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) seeks the services of a consultant(s) (Consultant) knowledgeable in television broadcasting technology, business operations and policy to assist CPB in providing guidance on specific issues surrounding ATSC 3 adoption and FCC Spectrum Auction Repack.

Education Innovation Station Planning Grant

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) intends to provide grants of $10,000 per station to up to 50 public television stations to spur innovation in stations’ local education efforts and to enhance stations’ capacity to carry out that work. Through this grant, stations will develop a plan to develop new education services or improve existing service models to better meet the needs of their communities. The plans may target any subject area or age group, from early learners through adult learners.

Shared Purchasing Provider

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) seeks to support the establishment of a “Shared Purchasing Provider” to work with public radio and television stations (“public media system”) to implement cooperative purchasing arrangements that leverage their shared buying power to obtain more favorable pricing and contract terms for equipment and services.

ATSC 3 Adoption Planning and Post FCC Spectrum Auction Repack

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) seeks the services of a consultant(s) (Consultant) knowledgeable in television broadcasting technology, business operations and policy to assist CPB in providing guidance on specific issues surrounding ATSC 3 adoption and FCC Spectrum Auction Repack.

Broadcast Engineering Services: Television and Radio Station Coverage Area Analysis

CPB is seeking proposals from broadcast engineering consulting firms (Consultant) with public television and radio expertise to provide coverage area analyses, contour overlap data, and demographic population analyses for public broadcasting stations receiving or applying for Community Service Grant (CSG) funding from CPB.

Business and Media Strategy Consultant

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (“CPB”), System Development and Media Strategy (MSTRA) is seeking a consultant to provide counsel and assistance on the issues facing the public television system, including the impact of the spectrum auction on system composition and public policy, changes in consumer behavior and content delivery technology, and evolving business strategies in a digital environment.

Moderated Online Focus Groups and Data Analysis

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting ("CPB") is seeking proposals to conduct moderated online focus groups over the next year. Each focus group is expected to require multiple sessions. The consultant must design the focus groups in order to gather the thoughts, opinions, knowledge and beliefs of a number of leaders throughout public media on critical issues facing public media, as well as the impact, success, strengths and challenges facing specific projects funded in whole or in part by CPB.

Collaborative Operations and Services Grant Program

The Collaborative Operations and Services ("COS") grant program is intended to support multistation initiatives to fully develop and implement collaborations, strategic alliances and other forms of partnerships that will increase stations' abilities and capacities to achieve more together than each can accomplish alone. The COS will provide smaller grants to assist stations with facilitation, analysis, and research ("FAR") required for establishing parameters for collaboration efforts, as well as larger grants for the implementation of serious collaborative efforts.