Public Television Digital Transition Grant Program

Quick Facts

Due DateJuly 7, 2014 (Monday)
Award AmountUp to $ 750,000
Category of Funding ActivityOther - Public Television Station Digital Transition Grant Program
Eligible Applicants
  • Others - Public Television Stations. Public television station means a noncommercial educational television broadcast station that is qualified for Community Service Grants by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting under section 396 (k) of the Communications Act of 1934. These are over-the air broadcast stations that meet the specific program definition for public television stations. Typically they are PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) member stations, although that is not a requirement. Public access cable TV stations and PEG channels (public, educational, government access channels) are NOT eligible for this grant program. Low power television (LPTV) stations or any other broadcast stations that are not on the Corporation for Public Broadcasting eligibility list are also NOT eligible.

Program Description

As part of the nation's transition to digital television, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) required all television broadcasters to have converted their transmitters to broadcast digital signals by June 12, 2009. While stations must broadcast their main transmitter signal in digital, many rural public television stations have yet to complete a full digital transition of their stations across all equipment. Rural stations often have translators serving small or isolated areas and some of these have not completed the transition to digital. The digital transition has also created some service gaps where households that received an analog signal are now unable to receive a digital signal, and the public television station would like to install a fill-in translator to continue service to these areas. Some rural stations also have not fully converted their production and studio equipment to digital. Grant funds may be used to acquire and install facilities and software necessary for the transition as well as equipment to facilitate local origination and management of programming. Grant funds may also be used for associated engineering and environmental studies. The program is targeted at public television stations that serve rural areas.

General Information

Funding Opportunity NumberRDUP-14-01-PTV
Funding Opportunity TitlePublic Television Digital Transition Grant Program
Opportunity CategoryOther - Public Television Station Digital Transition Grant Program
Funding Instrument TypeGrant
Category ExplanationPublic Television Station Digital Transition Grant Program
Number of Awards10
Cost Sharing or Matching RequirementNo
Posted DateMay 22, 2014 (Thursday)
Application Due DateJuly 7, 2014 (Monday)
Application Archive DateAugust 6, 2014 (Wednesday)
Total Program Funding$ 2,000,000
Award AmountUp to $ 750,000
CFDA Number
  • 10.861 - Public Television Station Digital Transition Grant Program

Eligible Applicants

  • Others - Public Television Stations. Public television station means a noncommercial educational television broadcast station that is qualified for Community Service Grants by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting under section 396 (k) of the Communications Act of 1934. These are over-the air broadcast stations that meet the specific program definition for public television stations. Typically they are PBS (Public Broadcasting Service) member stations, although that is not a requirement. Public access cable TV stations and PEG channels (public, educational, government access channels) are NOT eligible for this grant program. Low power television (LPTV) stations or any other broadcast stations that are not on the Corporation for Public Broadcasting eligibility list are also NOT eligible.

Contact Information

Agency NameDepartment of Agriculture
Program Information WebsiteUSDA Rural Development Public Television Station Digital Transition Grant Program website
ContactOffice: Utilities Programs
Petra Schultze
Financial Analyst
Phone 202-690-4493
Program contact for applicant questions

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