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Community Engagement Mini-Grants for "Half the Sky" Screening Events

August 14, 2012

Is your station interested in hosting a screening event or community outreach event surrounding Independent Lens’ newest production Half the Sky? Well ITVS is ready to help by offering a limited number of Community Engagement Mini-Grants. ITVS expects to make grants of up to $2,000 on a rolling basis from now until September 15, 2012, or until all grant funds have been distributed.

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide is a multi-platform project centered around two two-hour major primetime broadcast events based on Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s widely acclaimed book by the same name. Half the Sky is a special presentation of the PBS series Independent Lens, premiering on October 1 and 2, 2012.

Half the Sky is a pillar program of the Women and Girls Lead campaign, offering numerous opportunities and resources for local station engagement activities. Among these resources include:

  • Community cinema discussion guides.
  • Community classroom lesson plans and film modules.
  • Salon toolkits including a 40-minute reel featuring content from the mini-series, discussion topics, action items and handouts.
  • Community cinema screeners.

For more information on these resources and more, see the application guide.

Under the mini-grant, participating stations are required to promote local broadcast of Half the Sky using all appropriate vehicles, including the station website, program guide, radio and television promos using only approved images and logos. Stations must also acknowledge Women and Girls Lead partners and supporters on materials using appropriate logos and language (provided by ITVS). At the conclusion of the grant period, stations must provide a brief final report of events.

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