The Community Radio Fund, managed by Ofcom with funding from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, offers two funding rounds each year. The first funding round for 2017/18 will open on 12th April to radio stations that are not-for-profit, run by local people for local people about local issues.
Each funding round will make approximately £200,000 available in grants. There is no set level of funding. Grants will be made as a single lump sum and are to cover a one-year period only.
The funding is intended for community radio licensees broadcasting under a community radio licence in the UK to cover costs including:
- Fundraising to support the station
- Financial management and reporting
- Community outreach
- Volunteer organisation and support
Priority will be given to licensees that have not been awarded a grant in previous funding rounds and to newly-licensed stations.
The Awarding Panel considers promoting long-term sustainability a critical, core activity and thus priority will be given to applications that focus on posts that promote long-term financial security and may become self-sustaining.