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APTS GRANT CENTER LAUNCHES WEBSITE

APTS Grant Center Launches Website

WASHINGTON — May 5, 2010 — The Association of Public Television Stations (APTS) has launched its updated APTS Grant Center website - www.apts.org/grantcenter. The website provides funding opportunities and resources to help public broadcasting stations find and apply for grants. Additionally, information about monthly APTS Grant Center conference calls and webcasts, and key personnel in relevant funding agencies, can be found on the site.  

"We are proud to launch the updated APTS Grant Center website," said APTS Interim President and CEO Lonna Thompson. "The website provides comprehensive information and valuable tools to help stations increase and diversify their funding sources."  

Funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the APTS Grant Center conducts research, writing and agency coordination associated with the acquisition of federal and foundation grants for public broadcasting stations, in addition to listing funding opportunities.  

The APTS Grant Center is partnering with the Development Exchange Incorporated (DEI) on the foundation and radio components of the project. DEI provides profiles on national, local and regional foundations identified as likely funders for public broadcasting stations. "DEI is pleased to partner with APTS to provide in-depth information and customized research on foundation funding opportunities for both public radio and television," said DEI President Doug Eichten.  

"The APTS Grant Center website has been very helpful in identifying grant sources to which Vegas PBS could apply, and has stimulated our thinking by suggesting programs that would fund expansion of current services in new areas," said Vegas PBS General Manager Tom Axtell. "The Grant Center webinars, which include grant program officers and can be streamed on the APTS website, are especially useful."  

Thompson emphasized, "In these challenging economic times, APTS continues to assist public broadcasting stations across the country. We are proud that the APTS Grant Center provides a vital resource for stations, increasing their likelihood of success in applying for federal funding."

About APTS
The Association of Public Television Stations (APTS) is a nonprofit membership organization established in 1979. The mission of APTS is to conduct – in concert with member stations – advocacy, planning, research and communications activities in order to achieve strong and financially sound noncommercial television and advanced digital services for the American people. APTS provides consistent leadership and information that helps our members better accomplish their own missions and goals. APTS promotes the legislative and regulatory interests of noncommercial television stations at the national level through direct advocacy, and grasstops and grassroots campaigns designed to garner congressional support. For more information, visit www.apts.org.  

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