Community Radio Fund: award of grants for 2015/16 Round 1

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Ofcom’s Community Radio Fund Panel met on Tuesday 23 June 2015 to consider applications in the first round of grant awards for 2015/16.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) confirmed the total of £377,000 for the Community Radio Fund for 2015. The amount awarded in this first round of grants was £160,782, which leaves £216,218 for the second round of funding later this year.

In summary, at the meeting:

  • 42 applications for grants were considered
  • The total amount of funding requested in these applications was £822,034
  • 12 applicants were awarded grants which totalled £160,782
  • 30 applicants were not awarded a grant

The average grant in this round was £13,398; the size of award ranged from £4,500 to £21,150. A table setting out the awards is below:

  • Beverley FM; Beverley; East Yorkshire; Specialist Funding Application Trainer – £4,500
  • BRFM; Isle of Sheppey; Business & Development Officer – £5,500
  • CamGlen Radio; Cambuslang & Rutherglen; Project Worker and Business Development Manager – £19,753
  • Deveron FM; Banff; Sales Person / Fund-raiser – £14,540
  • Gaydio; Manchester; Digital Manager for an online advertising project involving a number of stations around the UK – £21,150
  • Insanity Radio; Egham, Surrey; Media and Development Officer – £15,702
  • IÚR-fm; Newry; Sustainability Officer – £16,000
  • Moorlands Radio; Biddulph; Station Fund-raising Co-ordinator – £8,153
  • Pure Radio 107.8; Stockport; Training and Development Co-ordinator – £16,560
  • Radio Teesdale; Teesside; Business Development Manager (salary contribution) – £15,000

Applications for the second round of funding in 2015/16 will be invited on Wednesday 14 October with a closing date of 5pm on Wednesday 11 November 2015. The Panel will meet to make decisions on these applications in January 2016.


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