Ofcom is today giving community radio stations a second chance to apply for emergency funding to help them through the ongoing Covid-19 crisis.

Community radio stations have provided a reassuring voice to millions of people during the ongoing public health crisis, but many have faced severe financial difficulties. In response, the UK government announced emergency funding to help them meet the costs of providing vital programming to local communities. 

In May, the Community Radio Fund Panel, which acts independently from Ofcom, awarded grants to nearly one-third of stations in the UK, totalling £333,125. Ofcom is today re-opening applications to award the remaining funds of £73,658. Each applicant will be able to apply for a maximum grant amount of £7,500. Any applications requesting more will not be considered by the Panel.

Before applying, we would encourage all applicants to review our guidance notes for Round 2 of the Fund and the Panel’s published approach and reasoning behind its decisions on applications from the first round. Applications must be submitted by 5pm on 3 August 2020.

More information is available.

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