During the current public health crisis, community radio can provide a reassuring local voice to millions of people. However, many community stations are facing significant financial challenges as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
In response, the government announced £400,000 of emergency funding to help stations meet the core costs of providing vital programming to local communities.
The Panel considered each application and awarded funding based on the information provided, and with reference to the Community Radio Fund (‘the Fund’) guidance notes. 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:
- 202 applications for grants were considered;
- The funding requested by applicants totalled £1,820,843;
- The total amount available was £406,810;
- 81 applicants – representing nearly one-third of the community radio sector – were awarded grants totalling £333,152; and,
- The grants ranged from £812 to £12,075, with an average of £4,113.
The Panel awarded as many grants as possible in accordance with the strict eligibility criteria and guidance issued.
Ofcom is, however, inviting applications for a further emergency funding round in approximately six weeks’ time, with a view to awarding the outstanding funds available.
More details here.