Application window now open for the latest Community Radio Fund

The second round of the Community Radio Fund 2023 to 2024 is now open for applications from eligible stations.

The window to submit bids closes at 5pm on Thursday 4 January 2024 with the total amount available to be awarded in the upcoming round is £190,587.

The Fund supports the core costs of running Ofcom-licensed community radio stations as set out in the guidance notes published here.

Licensees that hold a Community Digital Sound Programme (C-DSP) licence are eligible to apply for the Fund if the station is broadcasting on a digital radio multiplex at the date of their application.

Grants can only be made to Ofcom-licensed community radio stations in the UK, broadcasting on AM, FM, or via a C-DSP licence on a digital radio multiplex.

In last year’s Fund, grants totalling £242,395 were awarded to 18 stations in the first round, whilst in the second round, grants totalling £251,421 were awarded to 17 stations.

Over the two funding rounds 93 applications were considered, requesting a total of £1,611,455. Grants over the course of the year ranged from £1,500 to £24,570, with an average payment of £14,109. 35 grants were awarded in total.

Download the application form here.