SAN JOSE, March 6, 2013 – CreaTV San Jose today announced the launch of the second cycle of the Media Access Project (MAP) Grant. All elementary, middle and high schools, whether public, private or charter in San Jose, as well as current MAP schools, are invited to apply for this exciting opportunity to be outfitted with digital media equipment, computers and software for a two-year period, beginning fall of 2013. MAP Grant applications are due on Friday, April 5, 5pm and the winning schools announced on Monday, April 29.
In 2011, CreaTV San Jose established the Media Access Project Grant through cable access fees restricted to the purchase and support of digital media equipment. In its first cycle, MAP awarded a combination of 16 elementary, middle and high schools in San Jose with a total of $500,000 worth of professional digital media equipment and software for a two-year period that began in September of 2011 and concludes in June of 2013.
A recent survey shows that the first cycle of the MAP Grant impacted more than 9,600 youth in San Jose.
In its second cycle, CreaTV will award fourteen San Jose schools—six elementary, five middle and three high schools—with digital media equipment delivered to the schools in time for the fall 2013 school term. The winning middle and high schools will receive field or studio kits valued at $50,000 each. The elementary schools will receive field camera kits valued at $5,000 each. In exchange for this award, schools produce half-hour TV shows every month that air on CreaTV San Jose’s Classrooms Channel 28 on Comcast and on CreaTV’s website.
With the awarded studio and field kits, students learn how to make videos, tell stories and be more confident individuals by sharing their perspectives with the community. Schools produce PSA’s, documentaries, short films, and cover various community, school and sporting events.
About CreaTV San Jose
CreaTV San Jose, a member-based nonprofit community media center, aims to inspire, educate and connect San Jose communities, using media to foster civic engagement. We do this by providing the free airtime and low-cost training and tools that allow diverse, and often under-served, communities to tell their stories and express their views through video.
Comcast Cable subscribers in San Jose and parts of Campbell can watch us on Community Channel 15, College Channel 27, Classrooms Channel 28 (pre-kindergarten through grade 12) and the Silicon Valley Channel 30. Programing on Channels 15, 28 and 30 is also available via live stream and video on demand at www.creaTVsj.org.