Community Television of Santa Cruz County Youth A/V Grant Guidelines

WELCOME GRANT SEEKERS

Community Television’s mission is to foster community dialogue and individual self-expression through television, the Internet and other electronic media. Priority will be given to organizations serving the youth of Santa Cruz County and submitting proposals that further the CTV mission. All grantees must provide content that will appear on CTV channels.

WHAT WE FUND

We are looking for organizations that enhance academic achievement and prepare youth and young adults for employment or higher education with skills using Digital Media tools. Our grant program is supported by PEG (Public, Education and Government Media) funds provided for this purpose, collected from cable subscribers and administered by Santa Cruz County.

HOW WE FUND

We will distribute equipment grants throughout our fiscal year, as the funds become available. Our fiscal year is July 1 through June 30, and we receive our funds in 4 equal amounts towards the end of each quarter. At the end of our grant application cycle we will provide grantees with a schedule for when they can expect equipment to be available.

CRITERIA FOR SELECTION

To achieve the interest area goals described above, we will evaluate proposals and select organizations that demonstrate the following:

  • A clear mission and related service repertoire
  • The need for the proposed project within a defined population
  • Alignment between the proposed project and the organization’s mission
  • Clear and measurable objectives likely to produce results
  • Coordination with others and a program that does not duplicate existing programs in the community
  • Staff that has the skills, capacity and experience to carry out the proposed activities and maintain the equipment

OUR REVIEWERS GIVE PRIORITY TO ORGANIZATIONS THAT:

  • Utilize proven strategies to address recognized needs
  • Use sound governance and management practices
  • Leverage other resources and support

WE LOOK FOR GRANTS THAT WILL DO THE FOLLOWING:

  • Address community challenges, underserved populations and/or service gaps
  • Articulate desired results, effective methods, and viable plans for maintaining ongoing efforts
  • Demonstrate strong community support, capable leadership and knowledge of, and involvement in, the communities served.
  • Incorporate fresh, innovative approaches that are based on research, experience and best practices in the field
  • Use collaborative strategies that support efficiencies, increase effectiveness and build leadership for achieving broader community impact
  • Provide content for our channels.

ELIGIBILITY

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Operate as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, a project under the fiscal sponsorship of a nonprofit, or a public agency
  • Benefit residents in Santa Cruz County
  • Adhere to a Board-approved nondiscrimination policy regarding employment, governance, and service

RESTRICTIONS

  • Grants may not exceed 25% of the total organizational budget
  • Organizations may apply for competitive grants only one time annually
  • Organizations with a current grant may apply if reports are up to date and the proposed start date for the new grant is after the end of the current program

THREE YEAR GRANT POLICY

Equipment grants are for three years from issue of equipment. All equipment granted under this proposal remains the property of Community Television of Santa Cruz County. Organizations can submit a new grant application at the end of the three year period to replace existing equipment, but will be reevaluated to insure that all grant requirements have been met.

GRANTS WILL NOT BE PROVIDED FOR

  • Endowments or building campaigns
  • Operating expenses, including training
  • One-time festivals or celebrations
  • Individuals
  • Academic research

APPLICATION PROCESS:

All applicants must apply using our online application between January 1 and March 30 of each year (June 30 of 2016, one time only). The process consists of a single application form plus a modified project budget, work plan, organization and beneficiary demographic information, and organizational financial information. Additional information may be requested during the review process.

All applicants should be prepared to submit the following information upon request:

  • A list of current corporate and/or foundation funders with contact names for those institutions (individual donors need not be listed)
  • A list of current board members that includes the affiliation for each member (e.g., their primary employer) and indicates which members are officers
  • A copy of the organization’s board-approved nondiscrimination policy
  • A copy of the organization’s current annual budget as compared with actual year-to-date income and expenses

AVAILABLE EQUIPMENT LIST:

  • Maker Edit Kit
    1. iMac Desktop & Keyboard
      • 1.5-inch iMac with Retina 4K display
      • 3.1GHz quad-core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz
      • 16GB 1867MHz LPDDR3
      • 1TB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm
      • Intel Iris Pro Graphics 6200
      • Magic Mouse 2
      • Magic Keyboard (English) & User’s Guide
      • Accessory Kit
    2. Speakers
      • Companion® 2 Series III multimedia speaker system
    3. Headphones
    4. Hard Drive
    5. USB Microphone
  • Maker Video Kit
    1. HD TV camera
    2. Camera Batteries
    3. Battery Charger
    4. Wired Lavalier Microphones (2)
    5. Shotgun Microphones (3)
    6. LED Lighting Kit
    7. HD Field Monitor
    8. Field Audio Mixer
    9. Cases, Cables, Connectors, Cookies
    10. Tripod
  • Maker Studio Kit
    1. TriCaster Mini and HD Monitor
    2. Studio Audio Mixer
    3. HD TV Cameras (3)
    4. Camera Batteries
    5. Battery Charger
    6. Wireless Lavalier Microphones (3)
    7. Green Screen Drop
    8. Lighting Kits (2)
    9. Soft lights For Green Screen
    10. HD Field Monitors (3)
    11. Cases, Cables, Connectors, Cookies
    12. Tripods (3)
    13. Teleprompter (3)

Online Application Form

Application Contract