Does NPR receive less than 1% of its funding directly from the federal government?

Monday, October 26, 2020
By Allegra Taylor

"On average, less than 1% of NPR's annual operating budget comes in the form of grants from CPB and federal agencies and departments," reports NPR on a webpage about its finances last updated March 16, 2023.

While this is true of direct government funding, NPR indirectly benefits from government funding provided to affiliated stations, which pay a fee to license NPR programming. NPR said in fiscal year 2020, public radio stations received 8% of their revenues from "federal appropriation via CPB." Thirty-one percent of NPR's revenues between fiscal years 2018-22 came from "member" station fees.

The federal government funds public broadcasting through the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967 "to ensure universal access to non-commercial, high-quality content and telecommunications services." In fiscal year 2022, 89% of its $465.5 million budget went to "station and programming grants."

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Updated 4/18/23 to reflect the most up-to-date information.

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