Community Radio Fund to Open Again in April 2017
Telecom’s regulator, Ofcom, administers the Community Radio Fund on behalf of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, which is providing up to £400,000 a year until at least 2019/20. The funding is divided between two funding rounds.
The aim of the programme is to support community radio licensees with the core costs of running a community radio station on the condition that the station has a social purpose and works to involve the local community in the running and providing of the service.
The Government set up the fund to give grants to help support the core costs of running Ofcom-licensed community radio stations.
These core functions include:
- Fundraising to support the station.
- Financial management and reporting.
- Community outreach.
- Volunteer organisation and support.
There is no limit to the amount that can be applied for; however, applicants should keep in mind that the average grant awarded over the last few years has been about £15,000.
Grants will be made as a single lump sum and will cover a one-year period only.
Priority will be given to licensees that have not been awarded a grant in previous funding rounds and to newly-licensed stations.
There will be two funding rounds in the financial year 2017/18. The first round is expected to open on 12 April 2017 and close on 10 May 2017 (5pm). Applications will be considered in June 2017.