Fifty-three community radio stations to receive emergency funding

Ofcom has announced that 53 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.

So far, 111 community radio stations have received financial grants totalling around £406,000. Due to the ongoing impact of Covid-19, an additional £200,000 was made available by the UK Government for a third funding round.

The Community Radio Fund Panel, which acts independently of Ofcom, has now awarded this extra funding to 53 community radio stations across the UK, in accordance with the strict eligibility criteria and guidance issued. We have published details on the Panel’s approach and reasoning in deciding which applications received funding.

The Panel awarded 53 grants totalling £200,560 (£560 having been returned to the Fund, following an amended application from Round 2).

  • 91 applications for grants were considered;
  • The funding requested by applicants totalled £470,205;
  • The total amount available was £200,560;
  • 53 applicants were awarded grants totalling £200,560;
  • The grants ranged from £1,100 to £7,440, with an average of £3,784.

Finally, the Panel welcomed applications from those stations who demonstrated that they were taking steps to tackle loneliness and isolation within their communities.

The Panel wishes to commend those stations who have gone to extraordinary lengths to support their communities in difficult times: setting up online chat-rooms, hosting virtual awards ceremonies to mark local heroes, providing live coverage of religious services, carol concerts and Remembrance Day services, performing music outside care homes and at gravesides, and offering telephone support to those listeners who simply want to talk to a friendly voice from their community radio station.