What is the Public Media Content Fund?

The Public Media Content Fund is an open invitation to independent producers to submit proposals for a program, series or short digital video on any subject that relates to or is representative of Latino Americans that is appropriate for public television and/or one of its platforms.

  Do you only have one submission period per year?

Yes, LPB only has one submission period per year. It is usually held the first Monday of every June.

  What is the selection process?

After submissions are received, the process consists of two rounds. In the first round each submission is sent to readers for the initial evaluation. Through this round most proposals are narrowed down and recommended for further review. In the second round, the remaining proposals are reviewed by a panel comprised of professionals including programmers, independent producers, academics and other funding organizations.

  When will I be notified of being selected for funding and when would I receive the first installment of funding?

Recipients are usually announced by the first week of November. Do not expect to see first monies until the first quarter of the following calendar year.

  What kind of programs is LPB looking for?

LPB is looking for stories that have not been told before. LPB is continually interested in biographies, music specials, social issue documentaries and any other films that showcase the Latino experience primarily in the United States. LPB is especially interested in projects that focus on Latino arts and culture.

  Do all of the projects have to be Latino themed or relate to Latinos?

LPB's mission is to support programs that are representative of Latino people or addresses issues of particular interest to Latino Americans. Non-Latino producers who apply are required to submit projects that are Latino themed or relate to Latin Americans and have Latinos on the production team.

  Does LPB fund all types of genres?

LPB primarily funds documentaries but is interested in other genres including drama, animation, and new media.

  Do I need to submit a sample tape with the proposal?

No, sample tapes are not to be submitted with the initial submission of the proposal. Only submit a sample tape upon request.

  How many projects does LPB fund a year?

The number of proposals funded varies every year. On the average, LPB funds about 10 percent of the projects submitted per year.

  Can a producer submit more than one project at a time?

No, a producer can only submit one project per year.

  What if a producer is involved in more than one project?

A producer can submit only one application per review period. That same producer can serve on the production team of another project, but cannot be an applicant.

  Does LPB fund at any stage in production?

LPB is interested in funding projects at the production or post-production stage. Requests for research and development (R&D) are not a priority.

  Why is R&D not a priority?

Due to the limited amount of funds, LPB is concentrating its resources on projects that will be completed in a shorter timeframe, thus increasing the presence of Latino content on public broadcasting. Though we are not entirely eliminating funding of R&D, we are only funding an R&D project if it is highly competitive.

  Does LPB fund community engagement or outreach?

LPB no longer funds projects for community engagement or outreach.

  What is New Media?

New Media is a new emerging genre with public media. New Media projects should be "short form" (no more than 20 minute) programs for primary distribution over the Internet or another public television platform, and include vignettes, webisodes and other new media content.

  Is a New Media plan required if I am applying for funding of a film/program?

No, a new media plan is not required. However, a plan would be beneficial to your project in the new multi-platform landscape of public media.

  Can LPB review and give feedback on the proposal prior to deadline?

LPB cannot review or comment on proposals prior to deadline. We suggest that applicants have another filmmaker or mentor review the proposal for feedback prior to submitting it to LPB. LPB does give feedback to applicants on proposals that were submitted to the Public Media Content Fund after the process has been completed. The producer must submit a written request for feedback within six months of receiving their notification letter from LPB.

  Where can I find out about E&O insurance and closed captioning?

For information about closed captioning visit the National Captioning Institute at www.ncicap.org.

There are several insurance companies that offer E & O insurance but there is no specific company that is recommended. The following is a brief list of companies that offer E&O insurance:

D. R. Reiff & Associates, Inc.
New York, NY
(800) 827-7363

Walterry Insurance Brokers
Clinton, Maryland
(800) 638-8791

  How much money can I apply for?

Funds range from $5,000 -$100,000, depending on the project. LPB Funding for each stage ranges as follows:

  • Research and Development $5,000 - $20,000
  • Production $25,000 - $100,000
  • Post-Production $25,000 - $100,000
  • New Media $5,000 - $20,000

  Must I raise a certain amount of money before I submit for funds with LPB?

No, your project doesn't need a certain amount of money. However, LPB may require the applicant to raise at least fifty percent of the total project cost before issuing a production contract.

  Am I required to have a fiscal sponsor?

A fiscal sponsor is not mandatory. It is up to the producer whether or not they feel a fiscal sponsor is necessary.

  How long do I have to complete my funded project?

Normally, the average time producers have to produce and complete a project is one to two years.

  Who has editorial control of the project?

The producer has editorial, creative and financial control. The producer owns the copyright. LPB contracts a license agreement for exclusive domestic television rights, which are usually six releases in four years. LPB does serve as a presenter of the program to PBS and/or other public television entities.

  Does LPB help secure a broadcast on public television?

LPB makes every effort to get its projects onto public television. LPB offers a project to PBS or other public television entities and works with public television programmers in securing a broadcast.

  When producing for PBS are there any standards or requirements that one must follow?

Yes, there are standards and requirements that are set by PBS. For the latest information, please review the PBS Redbook. A version of the book is available online at www.pbs.org/producers/redbook/.

  Can my program be distributed in other areas beside public television?

An LPB project can only be broadcast on public television within the U.S. The program is not eligible for broadcast to any other network, television station or cable channel.

  On the "Budget Summary Form," what is the difference between "Amount to Raise" and "Expected Income"?

"Amount to Raise" is the total amount of funding that still needs to be raised. The "Amount to Raise" can be calculated by subtracting the "Income to Date" from the "Total Project Cost." "Expected Income" is the total amount of funding anticipated from other grants, but have not been awarded.

  On the "Budget Summary Form," do I add the totals for "Actual" and "In-Kind" for Total Project Cost?

No, do not add "Actual" and "In-Kind", Total Project Costs are actual amounts.