ITVS funds, distributes, and promotes new programs primarily for public television. We work with independent producers to create and present programs that take creative risks, advance issues and represent points of view not usually seen on public or commercial television. ITVS is committed to programming that addresses the needs of underserved and underrepresented audiences. We look for programs that bring new audiences to public television and that expand civic participation by bringing diverse voices into the public sphere.

Funding Initiatives

You may apply to only one ITVS funding initiative per round. Read the funding descriptions carefully to make sure that you have chosen the initiative that your film is eligible for.

  • Open Call

    Current call closed


    Open Call is now closed. The next deadline is January 30th, 2015 at 4:00pm PST. The application will open one month before the deadline.

    Open Call provides completion funds for single nonfiction public television programs on any subject, and from any viewpoint. Projects must have begun production as evidenced by a work-in-progress video. Open Call funding is only available to independent producers who are citizens or legal residents of the U.S. and its external territories.

    Please read all Open Call application requirements carefully as the process has recently changed.


    LINCS now accepts applications year-round. Please read guidelines carefully for details.

    LINKING INDEPENDENTS AND CO-PRODUCING STATIONS (LINCS) provides matching funds (up to $100,000) to partnerships between public television stations and independent producers. LINCS funds single non-fiction public television programs and demonstration projects that include both broadcast and transmedia elements on any subject and from any viewpoint. LINCS proposals are accepted on an ongoing basis. Producers must be U.S. citizens or legal residents.

  • Diversity Development Fund

    Current call closed


    DDF is now closed. The deadline was October 24, 2014 at 4:00pm PST.

    The Diversity Development Fund provides up to $15,000 in research and development funding to producers of color to develop single documentary programs for public television. Producers must be U.S. citizens or legal residents.

  • Series and Special Projects

    Current call closed

    Update on ITVS Series and Special Project funding.

    As of March 20, 2014, ITVS no longer accepts unsolicited materials, including proposal submissions or project inquiries for Series and Special Projects (SSP) funding.

  • International Initiative

    Current call closed

    Update on ITVS funding for International producers.

    As of December 2013, ITVS no longer accepts unsolicited materials, including proposal submissions or project inquiries. We select international content purely on a commissioning basis.

Additional Resources

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