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The Corporation for Public Broadcasting is supporting a new public media initiative, Coming Home: Connecting to Community, to increase and promote authentic local storytelling through original radio and digital-first content and engagement that develops and delivers a renewed narrative about life in rural America. New multi-platform content, created by local stations with local voices and talent, will celebrate the diversity, culture, traditions and richness of small-town America, not being told by commercial media.

As part of this new initiative, CPB is offering local planning, pre-production and engagement grants to identify and utilize local talent, producers, filmmakers and local citizens in rural communities to share their stories about what “home” means, in terms of pride of place, culture, belonging and shared values.

Deadline for proposals is Oct. 25. Details here.