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Since the launch of public television, the Foundations have supported high quality television programming that aims to educate children and adults. While non-public and for-profit media produce programming that serves to educate the public, public media is more widely available, meets consistently high standards, and fills gaps left by other sectors. 

At the present time, public media also plays an important role in the domains of radio and podcasting and the Foundations have expanded their funding to these other media. In public radio, the Foundations support efforts by local public stations to fill gaps in local journalism, especially in markets that are losing local newspapers. In podcasting, the Foundations support the production and distribution of podcasts that focus on history or science, that are aimed at a youth audience, or that promote one or more of the Foundations' Program Areas.

Film and television grants are typically provided to non-profit production companies or public media stations for programs that have a firm commitment to national distribution. While projects funded by the Foundations concern a variety of subjects, supported programs typically focus on science or history, or have American youth as a primary audience.

Note that while the Foundations support work in all of these areas, open submission requests are considered ONLY for film and television productions.

Request Amounts:

Film and television grants typically range from $100,000 to $300,000 although the Foundations will consider larger requests. Grants can support projects that span multi-years.

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