Important Changes to the LINCS Initiative

Posted on April 7, 2011

LINCS is now accepting applications year-round, as well as seeking projects with transmedia elements.


Independent Producers and Public Television Stations currently face similar challenges as they respond to a rapidly shifting media landscape. The evolution of new ways to create and distribute media accompanied by shrinking resources has made this an exciting as well as an anxious time. ITVS is evaluating how we can improve our LINCS initiative and take advantage of the opportunities that independent producer and station partnerships can offer in the new media landscape.

While we will continue to fund stand-alone documentaries for broadcast, ITVS is working to catalyze partnerships that support independents by seeking demonstration projects that include both broadcast and transmedia components. In place of an annual call for proposals, we will be working in the field to identify and invite proposals for projects that represent model collaborations — collaborations that bring value to the presenting stations and the communities they serve and resonate with local, regional, national and global audiences. We encourage producers and station partners to contact us about projects that meet the LINCS guidelines for eligibility. The application materials required include a station letter of support and summary budgets that show station in-kind contributions. 

There is no deadline for proposals. LINCS proposals will be reviewed throughout the year, individually after receipt of all required materials. Additional materials such as a line item budget and an expanded proposal may be requested after the initial review. Please visit our LINCS funding page for more details about how to apply. About LINCS Since 1999, the ITVS LINCS (Linking Independents and Collaborating Stations) initiative has provided matching funds for over 115 producer and station partnerships. LINCS allows independent producers to leverage the support of stations while helping stations access the talent of independent producers. LINCS partnerships have resulted in award-winning programs that serve both local and national audiences and provide fresh perspectives on stories that cover and mirror the breadth and diversity of our nation.  


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