Community Radio Fund Opens for Second 2016/17 Round (UK)

Community Radio Fund Opens for Second 2016/17 Round (UK)

The Community Radio Fund has opened for the second round of funding with a deadline of 16 November 2016 (5pm).

The Community Radio Fund is managed by Ofcom with funding from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. To be eligible for funding, radio stations must be not-for-profit, run by local people for local people about local issues.

Funding is available for community radio licensees broadcasting under a community radio licence in the UK to cover costs including:

  • Fundraising to support the station.
  • Management.
  • Administration.
  • Financial management and reporting.
  • Community outreach.
  • Volunteer organisation and support.

There are two funding rounds per year with approximately £200,000 available for each round. There is no set level of funding. As a guideline, however, the average grant in the first funding round was £16,780, with grants ranging from £3,000 to £33,897.

Grants will be made as a single lump sum, and are to 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.

The Panel considers promoting long-term sustainability a critical, core activity and thus priority will also be given to applications that focus on posts that promote long-term financial security and may become self-sustaining.

The application deadline is 16 November 2016 (5pm).

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