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Public Broadcasting Stations (PBS) in rural markets have until August 30th to apply for their share of nearly $2.8 million being awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

According to the USDA, “funding is available through the Department’s Public Television Station Digital Grant Program.”

A total of $2,775,327 grant money is available with $750,000 per public television station per year.

The USDA became involved with digital television after the passage of The Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002. The measure included a provision authorizing the Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service (RUS) to establish Public Television Digital Transition grants to assist public television stations serving rural areas transitioning to digital broadcast television.