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We Need Your Help: Enabling university-licensed stations to apply for SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program.
While some public broadcasters secured loans under the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program, 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.
How You Can Help
Tell Congress to fix 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.
The Senate is crafting the next coronavirus economic relief package right now, for a vote before the August recess. Lawmakers are considering including the bipartisan, bicameral Local News & Emergency Information Act, which would treat certain local news outlets as independent, non-affiliated entities so they’re eligible for PPP loans. We’re seeking a few modifications to this bill to address the unique needs of nonprofit public media and university licensees.
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.
For more information, read our Issue Brief.
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