Community Radio Fund: Award of grants 2017-18 Round 1

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Ofcom’s Community Radio Fund Panel (‘the Panel’) met on Tuesday 20 June 2017 to consider applications in the first round of funding for 2017-18.

The Panel went through each application and awarded funding based on the information provided and with reference to the Community Radio Fund guidance notes.

The Panel also considered the new Welsh language standards when reviewing the funding requests from those applicants based in Wales.

For each grant bid the Panel decided whether to make a full award, a partial award or not to award any funding.

At the meeting:
  • 39 applications for grants were considered
  • The total amount of funding requested in these applications was £702,410
  • 10 applicants were awarded grants which totalled £142,920
  • 29 applicants were not awarded a grant
The grants awarded ranged from £2,160 up to £19,717 for individual positions, with an average of £14,292. A summary of the awards is below:


Award Purpose Station Name Location
£19,717 Business Development Manager MKFM Milton Keynes
£18,412£4,100 Business Development ManagerCommissions & Partnerships Manager Radio Cardiff Cardiff
£16,500 Deputy Station Manager/Promotions Manager GTFM Pontypridd
£16,400 Business Development Manager Somer Valley FM Midsomer Norton
£16,100 Business Development Manager RWSfm Bury St Edmunds
£15,451 Outreach &Corporate Development Manager Cambridge 105 Cambridge
£13,524 Business Development Manager Penistone FM Penistone
£13,052 Business Development Manager Radio Newark Newark on Trent
£7,504 Fundraiser Eden FM Penrith
£2,160 Listener Survey KCR Keith

The second grant round for 2017/18 will open during October 2017.



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