Ofcom awards 18 community radio stations with funds

Ofcom has given out a total of £242,395 to 18 community radio stations across the UK.

The money comes from the annual Community Radio Fund based on the information provided by radio stations with reference to the guidance notes.

At a meeting on 13th July, 47 applications for grants were considered with the total amount of funding requested in these applications being £757,370.

The grants awarded ranged from £4,320 up to £18,955 for individual positions, with an average of £13,466.

In addition, 29 applicants were not awarded a grant, with Ofcom once again advising applicants to read the guidance notes properly.

A small number of stations requested grants for items such as volunteer expenses, capital expenditure and marketing costs although the guidance made it clear that the Fund does not support these requests.

Ofcom said: “The Panel welcomed applications in this round from stations who were attempting to pursue new forms of revenue generation such as digital marketing packages. It was also pleased to provide funding for a survey which aims to demonstrate the impact and value of community radio; the Panel felt this would be a valuable resource for the whole sector in providing information for potential advertisers, sponsors and partners.”

Here are all the succesful applicants:

Station name Purpose Amount
TD1 Radio Business Development Manager £15,000
Bro Radio Operations Director £16,581
Drive 105 FM External Fundraising Organisation £4,320
NLive Impact Reporting (Joint bid) £8,706
Academy FM Folkestone Apprentice Sales Assistant £8,654
Purbeck Coast FM Sustainability and Development Manager £12,338
Radio Seerah Fundraising and Business Development Co-Ordinator £14,820
Rajo Radio Assistant Station Manager £14,380
Bishop FM Volunteer Manager £18,440
Dales Radio Commercial Manager £13,200
Glastonbury FM Station Sustainability Manager £18,955
Hot Radio Social Media Commercial Manager £10,218
Legacy 90.1FM Community Project and Fundraising Co-Ordinator £15,937
Oldham Community Radio Community Partnership Manager £12,000
Radio Faza Fundraising Manager £10,812
Radio Plus CEO (Increased hours) £15,000
Rinse FM Fundraising and Finance Officer £15,887
Salford City Radio Funding and Project Development Manager £17,147