Ofcom has today 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 funding to help them meet the costs of continuing to provide these vital services to local communities.

During the first round of funding, 81 community radio stations were awarded granted totalling just over £333,000.

The Community Radio Fund Panel, which acts independently of Ofcom, has now awarded grants to a further 31 community radio stations totalling £73,658 – the total amount outstanding from the first round of funding.

The Panel made as many awards as possible in line with the eligibility criteria and guidance notes issued alongside the application form. We have also published details on the Panel’s approach and reasoning to deciding which applications will receive funding.

All of the £406,810 allocated to the Community Radio Fund has now been awarded.

The Panel considered each application and awarded funding based on the information provided, and with reference to the Community Radio Fund guidance notes. For each grant bid, the Panel decided whether to make a full award, a partial award or not to award any funding.

At the meeting:

  • 77 applications for grants were considered;
  • the funding requested by applicants totalled £355,091
  • the total amount available was £73,658;
  • 31 applicants were awarded grants totalling £73,658;
  • the grants ranged from £500 to £5,088, with an average of £2,376.

The Panel awarded as many grants as possible in accordance with the strict eligibility criteria and guidance issued.

A statement from the Panel explaining the factors they took into account when making their decisions is below. Unsuccessful applicants may find this feedback useful. Any further queries can be submitted to [email protected] with an accompanying contact number for a member of the team to call you. We will respond to any queries as quickly as we can, but please note it may take us some time to respond should we have multiple requests from unsuccessful applicants.

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