Posts Categorized: Funding

Thirty-one community radio stations to receive emergency funding

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Funding, Policy, Radio Industry.

Ofcom has announced that 31 community radio stations will receive emergency funding through the Community Radio Fund. During the Covid-19 pandemic, community radio stations have provided valuable local news and support to millions of people. However, many have also faced severe financial challenges. In response, the UK government announced emergency Read more +

Tell Rishi Sunak: Rebuild With Community Radio

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Campaigns, Funding, Radio Industry.

Ahead of an expected summer statement from the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, on Wednesday 8th July to boost the British economy emerging from lockdown, the Community Media Association is asking its supporters to call on HM Treasury for a Community Radio Stimulus Package consisting of the following five requests: a) A second round of funding Read more +

Award of grants 2020-21 Round 1

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Funding, Policy, Radio Industry.

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 Read more +

Emergency fund of £400,000 to support community radio through COVID-19

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Funding, Policy, Radio Industry.

Community Media Association Press Release  Emergency fund of £400,000 to support community radio through COVID-19 ● £400,000 Community Radio Fund redirected to provide emergency support to hard-hit community stations ● Payments to help meet core costs of providing vital programming to local communities to made to successful applicants within weeks Read more +

The Community Media Association’s Response to Radiocentre’s Report: Small-Scale Radio in the UK

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Campaigns, Funding, Policy, Radio Industry.

A PDF version of this text may be downloaded here. The story of community radio in the United Kingdom is one of success. From the humble origins of fifteen Access radio stations in the early 2000s, there are now over 270 licensed community radio stations across the whole of the Read more +

Community Media News Issue #19

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Campaigns, Community News, Funding.

It’s been a very busy month, and in this edition of Community Media News we report on the DCMS response to the industry consultation on the development of Small Scale Digital Audio Broadcasting. We also share news of events across the UK, Mapping Community Media, Rethinking Digital Inclusion and discounted tickets for RadioTechCon. There is news from Awaz Read more +

Advice for Community Radio Fund Applicants

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Funding, Policy, Radio Industry.

Ofcom has published guidance to help stations which intend to apply for Community Radio Fund grants. The guidance sets out the information that the awarding panel is likely to look for when considering grant applications. The second round of the Community Radio Fund 2018-19 opened for applications from eligible stations Read more +

Community Media Connects launches across England

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Community News, Funding, Training.

Community Media Connects, a new initiative from the Community Media Association (CMA), will launch this Autumn to develop the sustainability of community media organisations in England.  The project will encourage community media leaders to form valuable professional connections and offer each other ongoing mutual advice and support. Organisations based in Read more +

Transmit, Transform Business Challenge Grant Launches

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Campaigns, Community News, Funding.

The CMA is delighted to announce a new pilot scheme that offers funding opportunities to CMA members to support grassroots community media. More details are here and the deadline to receive your applications is 5pm BST Friday 1st June 2018. Read on for background information about Transmit, Transform and application Read more +

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

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Funding, Radio Industry.

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 Read more +

Community Radio Fund: Award of grants 2016/17 Round 2

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Funding, Radio Industry.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) confirmed a total of £392,500 was available for the Community Radio Fund for 2016/17. The amount awarded in the first round of grants was £201,365, leaving £191,135 for the second round of funding. Ofcom’s Community Radio Fund Panel (‘the Panel’) met on Read more +

Raidió Fáilte – another step forward

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Community News, Funding, Radio Industry.

Raidio Failte

Raidió Fáilte, Belfast’s award-winning Irish language community radio station took another major step forward in its plans to build a new Irish language media, broadcasting and training centre, when planning permission was granted by Belfast City council for the proposal. The planned new centre, at the junction of the Falls Read more +

Community Media, Social Housing and the NHS Sustainability & Transformation Plans – An Opportunity to Change the National Wellbeing Landscape?

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Campaigns, Education, Funding.

For those of you who were able to attend the CMA’s Community Media Conference this year, you will know that one of the principal discussions concerned the role of community media as an essential partner in enabling and improving social change and wellbeing. Although I don’t come from CM I Read more +

Soundart Radio up for The People’s Projects Lottery TV Vote

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Campaigns, Funding, Radio Industry.

“We are delighted that our project, Feeling Sound has been shortlisted as one of the People’s Projects for our region” writes Lucinda Guy of Soundart Radio. Feeling Sound is just one of five selected projects who may receive up to £50,000 of funding from the Big Lottery. It’s up to everyone Read more +

Penistone FM 95.7 up for The People’s Projects Lottery TV Vote

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Community News, Funding, Radio Industry.

Penistone FM and their training project “Evolve” is one of only five groups in South Yorkshire that have been shortlisted to compete for the public vote and up to £50,000 of Big Lottery cash in ITV’s The Peoples Projects TV competition. Penistone FM will make a bid for viewers support Read more +

The Radio Hub

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Funding, Radio Industry.

A new networking group is to launch early in 2016 covering the south east and London. The Radio Hub will provide opportunities for networking and sharing best practice as well as representing the interests of community radio with key organisations. The idea is the brainchild of Danny Lawrence BEM who Read more +

Community Radio Fund: award of grants for 2014/15 Round 2

Posted by Bill Best & filed under Funding, Policy, Radio Industry.

Ofcom’s Community Radio Fund Panel met on Tuesday 13 January 2015 to consider applications in the second round of grant awards for 2014/15. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) confirmed the total of £393,000 for the Community Radio Fund for 2014/15. The amount spent in the first round Read more +

12 stations share Ofcom radio cash

Posted by Andy King & filed under Funding.

Ofcom have handed out the first batch of awards in this year’s Community Radio Fund. Twelve stations have shared a total funding pot of just over £175,000, provided by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). 50 applications were submitted totalling over £800,000. The largest award of just over Read more +

Community Radio National Advertising pilot scheme to launch

Posted by Andy King & filed under Funding.

An opportunity to collectively organise and sell radio advertising airtime There are now almost 200 full-time community radio stations broadcasting in the UK today, with more becoming licensed and going on-air every month. Ofcom is currently in the process of a third round of community radio licensing, which is taking Read more +