At Soundart Radio we are pleased to announce we have just had confirmation from the Big Lottery of a £10,000 grant from Awards for All.
This will cover a lot of our core running costs in the coming year - we asked them to include our annual licence fee to Ofcom and all of our copyright licensing costs. They have agreed to do this.
The rest is for equipment upgrades and repairs, and to deliver training.
As Bill mentioned recently, there have been some very positive changes to Awards for All this year - it feels like they have really listened to feedback from community groups. They are now able to support core running costs of an organisation. This is something many of us struggle to fund in other ways.
Another positive move is that the form is very much simplified, with only one question that requires a long answer.
I submitted the application to them in mid October, and it took about 6 weeks to get a reply.
As always, the Big Lottery are interested in funding positive outcomes - so rather than paying us to make radio programmes, they are paying for changes to happen in the lives of those we work with, and in our communities.
I hope this is part of a wider trend, of more support for basic costs for all community media groups.