Act Now:

Tell Congress to extend and expand the Paycheck Protection Program to include public media stations like yours in the next coronavirus relief bill.

The Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”), which expired on August 8, 2020, provided critical relief for certain small businesses and nonprofit organizations in the early months of the pandemic.

We need Congress to renew the PPP and to remove obstacles for university licensees. While some public broadcasters secured forgivable loans, PPP assistance has been unavailable for university-licensed stations. We need to change that!

With nearly half of public broadcasting stations licensed to institutions of higher education, barriers to PPP assistance should be removed so your stations can continue serving your communities through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

We Need Your Help: Enabling university-licensed stations to apply for SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program.

Tell Congress to extend and expand the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to include public media stations like yours in the next coronavirus relief bill. Specifically, urge Congress to modify PPP to help nonprofit public radio and television broadcasters and public radio networks of any size — including noncommercial educational broadcast stations whose license is held by a college or university.

Lawmakers are considering the bipartisan, bicameral Local News & Emergency Information Act, which would treat certain local commercial news outlets as independent, non-affiliated entities so they’re eligible for PPP loans. We’re seeking a few modifications to these PPP provisions to address the unique needs of nonprofit public media and university licensees as part of the next coronavirus relief package.

Now is the time to ask Congress to clarify and expand PPP eligibility for more public broadcasters, so you can continue to provide crucial local news, public safety information, educational content for remote learning, and community service programming.

Your voice matters to your lawmakers. No one is better equipped to tell your story, explain the immense financial hardship and revenue loss caused by the COVID crisis, and illustrate your station’s unique public service to your community.

Please customize this sample letter and send it to your Senators.  For more information, read our Issue Brief.

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