Subdivision 1. Distribution.
The commissioner shall distribute the money provided by
. Twice annually the commissioner shall make block grants which
shall be distributed in equal amounts to public stations for operational costs. The commissioner
shall allocate money appropriated for the purposes of sections
in such a
manner that each eligible public station receives a block grant. In addition, the commissioner
shall make matching grants to public stations. Matching grants shall be used for operational costs
and shall be allocated using the procedure developed for distribution of state money under this
section for grants made in fiscal year 1979. No station's matching grant in any fiscal year shall
exceed the amount of Minnesota based contributions received by that station in the previous fiscal
year. Grants made pursuant to this subdivision may only be given to those federally licensed
stations that are certified as eligible for community service grants through the Corporation for
Subd. 2. Exclusions from contribution amount.
In calculating the amount of contributions
received by a public station pursuant to subdivision 1, there shall be excluded: contributions,
whether monetary or in kind, from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting; tax generated funds,
including payments by public or private elementary and secondary schools; that portion of any
foundation or corporation donation in excess of $500 from any one contributor in a calendar year;
contributions from any source if made for the purpose of capital expenditures; and contributions
from all sources based outside the state.
Subd. 3. Report.
Each educational station receiving a grant shall annually report by July 1
to the commissioner the purposes for which the money was used in the past fiscal year and
the anticipated use of the money in the next fiscal year. The report shall be certified by an
independent auditor or a certified public accountant. If the report is not submitted by September 1,
the commissioner may withhold from the educational station 45 percent of the amount to which it
was entitled based upon the contribution of the previous fiscal year, and may redistribute that
money to other educational stations.
Subd. 4. Program categories and funding programs.
The Board of the Arts may develop
program categories and funding programs in television, film and other public media.
History: 1975 c 271 s 6; 1975 c 298 s 5; 1976 c 201 s 3; 1977 c 445 s 1,2; 1978 c 793 s 65;
1979 c 337 s 19,20; 1981 c 356 s 320-322; 1983 c 301 s 137