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Ford Foundation grants and expenditures for educational broadcasting, fiscal years 1951-76

The Ford Foundation was public television's first big funder, supporting efforts to acquire reserved channels, helping to start stations in major cities, and backing National Educational Television, the system's major production and distribution organization in its early years.

  Grants and expenditures for television and radio projects
Fiscal year TV and radio Television * Radio **
Total
$290,291,333
$289,008,706
$1,282,627
1951
1,439,091
946,291
492,800
1952
2,646,106
2,646,106
0
1953
4,490,021
4,339,116
150,905
1954
4,776,068
4,776,068
0
1955
3,139,195
3,139,195
0
1956
9,979,675
9,979,675
0
1957
4,749,720
4,674,970
74,750
1958
3,965,932
3,765,932
200,000
1959
11,126,112
11,113,512
12,600
1960
7,708,701
7,707,201
1,500
1961
8,140,359
8,125,359
15,000
1962
19,580,006
19,580,006
0
1963
7,423,652
7,423,652
0
1964
7,560,522
7,560,522
0
1965
7,171,903
7,171,903
0
1966
16,288,700
16,288,700
0
1967
23,000,544
22,962,544
38,000
1968
10,998,411
10,961,911
36,500
1969
25,301,843
25,116,271
185,572
1970
17,098,172
17,023,172
75,000
1971
18,155,198
18,155,198
0
1972
19,103,000
19,103,000
0
1973
10,683,699
10,683,699
0
1974
28,974,773
28,974,773
0
1975
3,680,000
3,680,000
0

1976
(as of 6/10/79)

13,109,930
13,109,930
0

* Includes those grants awarded to television-radio projects. Some of these grants were awarded to commercial television, particularly in the early 1950s, and television projects in other countries.
** Includes only those grants in which radio was the principal activity, but does not include those grants designated for television-radio.

Source: "Ford Foundation Activities in Noncommercial Broadcasting, 1951-1976," a booklet published by the foundation.


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