Ofcom’s Community Radio Fund 2018 available for grants

Date published: 10/04/2018

The Community Radio Fund, managed by Ofcom with funding from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, offers two funding rounds each year. The first round for 2018 opened on 4 April 2018 to radio stations that are not-for-profit, run by local people for local people about local issues.

Each funding round has around £200,000 available for grants. There is no set level of funding. Grants can range from about £2,000 to around £19,000 with an average grant of about £14,000. Grants will be made as a single lump sum and are to cover a one-year period only. 

The funding is intended for community radio licensees broadcasting under a community radio licence in the UK to cover costs including:  

  • Fundraising to support the station;
  • Management;
  • Administration;
  • Financial management and reporting;
  • Community outreach;
  • Volunteer organisation and support.

Priority will be given to licensees that have not been awarded a grant in previous funding rounds and to newly-licensed stations. The promotion of long-term sustainability is critical to the fund and priority will be given to applications that focus on posts that promote long-term financial security and may become self-sustaining.
Applications for Round 1 will be accepted from 4 April to 2 May 2018 (5pm).

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For further information, contact Ofcom's Community Radio team, E:


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