KVMR is seeking applicants for up to $10,000 in funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to produce national radio programming, with the funding being divided among successful applicants.
"This money is to assist independent radio producers in the development, production and national distribution of radio projects," says KVMR General Manager David Levin. "It can be a radio special, short form features, seed money for a series or other programs for the national radio marketplace."
The Nevada City radio station receives approximately $40,000 a year in a restricted CPB grant that must be used for purchase, production or promotion of national programming. Some of the money is used to purchase BBC News headlines, satellite services and the newsmagazine Democracy Now.
According to Program Director Steve Baker, KVMR is one of the only radio stations in the country that has such a radio production fund.
"Most public radio stations spend all their restricted funds on buying national shows," Baker says. "With our programming focused primarily on our region and community, we're able to share some of our best producers with a national audience by investing locally."
The first show to receive funding was folksinger U. Utah Phillips' "Loafer's Glory" in 1998. In recent years, the unique grants have funded music profiles of artists like Kate Wolf and Jerry Garcia, a special about a blues band composed of inmates at New Folsom Prison and a series by young people on how "elders" have inspired them.
Information on the KVMR grants is available online, via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or at the station. Deadline to apply is Monday, February 23, and there will be an optional orientation meeting for potential grantees at the station in January, details to be announced.