Ofcom’s Community Radio Fund Panel met on Monday 24 January 2011 to consider applications for the second round of grant awards for 2010/11. In summary:
- The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) allocated £463,000 towards the Community Radio Fund for 2010/11
- In the first round of funding in June 2010, the Panel made grants totalling £208,634,leaving £254,366 for the second round
- A further £2,500 was returned to the fund from a previous grant recipient
- 64 applications were considered
- Funding applications totalled £1,196,138.46
- 15 applicants were awarded grants which totalled £256,866
- 49 applicants were not awarded a grant
Second round of applications for funding in 2010/11
The average grant in this round was £17,124; the average grant for individual station awards, that is excluding the grants benefiting more than one station, was £14,833. A table setting out the awards is at the end of this statement.
The Panel notes that two grants, for £30,769 and £30,768 respectively, were for substantially higher amounts than the average and were awarded to bids designed to benefit more than one station. The Panel wishes to record that the first of these grants was for a joint application that will fund a Project Manager and other support for a pilot data collection and analysis project. The project aims to develop an affordable way for UK community radio stations to assess their audiences and community impacts and provide data for grant funders, service delivery clients and others. The aim is for a project that will benefit all community radio stations in the future. The second of these grants was for a Regional Account Manager /Commercial Fund Raiser post benefitting three individual community radio stations in south west England.
Applications for the first round of funding in 2011/12
- Applications will be invited in April 2011, with a closing date in May 2011. Dates to be confirmed.
- The Panel will meet to make decisions on these applications on 13 June 2011.
- Ofcom is pleased to confirm that DCMS has stated that the Community Radio Fund will continue to be funded by the department up to and including 2014/15. In the next round of funding, for the financial year 2011/12, DCMS has allocated £462,000 to the Fund.
- Funding for the next three financial years is as follows: £448,000 for 2012/13, £436,000 for 2013/14 and £430,000 for 2014/15.
Summary of grants awarded in the second round for 2010/11
|ALL FM||Manchester||Pilot audience/community data collection and analysis project (Project Manager and support functions)||£30,769|
|BCFM (with Somer Valley FM and Glastonbury FM)||Bristol (Midsomer Norton and Glastonbury)||Regional Account Manager /Commercial Fund Raiser Sponsorship and Advertising||£30,768|
|Betar Bangla||Stratford, east London||Fundraiser/Income Development (p/t)||£14,400|
|Canalside Community Radio||Bollington, Cheshire||Fundraiser||£15,000|
|Inspiration FM||Northampton||Development Worker (p/t)||£14,118|
|Leith FM||Leith||Business Development Manager (p/t)||£16,084|
|NE1 FM||Newcastle upon Tyne||Business Development Officer (p/t)||£8,446|
|Raaj FM||Sandwell||Station Sustainability Manager (p/t)||£15,548|
|RadioReverb||Brighton||Fundraising and Development Officer (p/t)||£17,500|
|Seahaven FM||Newhaven||Commercial Manager||£12,500|
|Soundart Radio||Totnes||Business and Community Development post (p/t)||£13,500|
|Spice FM||Newcastle upon Tyne||Fundraiser and Marketing Officer||£16,705|
|Sunny Govan Radio||Govan||Business Development Officer||£18,970|
|Uckfield FM||Uckfield||Business Development Manager||£16,371|
|Unity Radio||Manchester||Business Development Manager||£16,187|