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Grant Center Session at PMDMC Focuses on Grantseeking Tips for Stations

September 2, 2016

The Grant Center for Public Media was in attendance for the Public Media Development and Marketing Conference (PMDMC) this year in Boston. PMDMC is Greater Public’s development and marketing conference for public television and radio professionals attended by more than 1,100 professionals in the industry. It’s the place to be to share strategies and learn more about funding trends for stations. As usual, the Grant Center played a big role, sponsoring three sessions, hosting a morning meet-up to chat about grantseeking and hearing from so many of you about the great work you are doing at your station.

This year, the Grant Center held a panel session moderated by Anthony Collebrusco, the Grant Center’s research associate, exploring tips and how-tos for grantwriting and relationship-building. The panel consisted of Janine Scherline, Director of Development at Mountain Lakes PBS in Plattsburgh, NY, Michelle Rhinesmith, Business Manager of WQCS in Fort Pierce, FL, and Kelly Burley, Station Director at KOSU in Stillwater, OK.

Each panelist brought a unique perspective to the conversation. Scherline discussed the grants Mountain Lakes PBS has pursued, and how they structure their team – without a formal grant writer – so that everyone contributes to the grantwriting process based on each person’s strength. Rhinesmith discussed her station’s success in receiving a large capital grant not long after Florida’s state funding to public broadcasting was restored. Burley explored the dynamics of pursuing grants as a university licensee, and discussed his station’s current grant support.

The full slide deck from the presentation can be found here. The panelists also added that they are willing to answer questions about their presentations and experiences. Their contact information can be found at the end of the presentation slides.

We have also made available resources with tips to help your grantseeking capacity:

Getting started or building your station’s capacity in grantseeking can be challenging, but that doesn’t mean grants are not worth pursuing. After all, there is over $40 million in federal funding available annually, and according to a recent study, there’s potentially $1 billion available annually for media projects from foundations. These numbers are staggering, and demonstrate that grants should be an essential part of your station’s development plans.

Other Grant Center Sponsored Sessions at PMDMC

The Grant Center sponsored two additional sessions in the Philanthropy track at PMDMC. You can download the slides and handouts from these sessions below.


The Grant Center Announces a 2017-2018 Webinar Series on Evaluation
Learn more and register for our three-part evaluation webinar series.
Through the Looking Glass: Distribution and Reflections
Date and time TBA. The final webinar in our evaluation series will help attendees understand how to communicate their impact to potential funders.


Read the Grant Center's October 2017 newsletter.
Read the Grant Center's September 2017 newsletter.