Community Radio Fund Panel

Section 359 of the Communications Act 2003 makes it possible for a fund for community radio operators to be set up, and for Ofcom to administer it and “make such grants as they consider appropriate” to community radio licensees.

Government (specifically, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport) provides some funding to be distributed to community radio stations through such a fund. Only holders of a community radio licence can seek a grant from this Fund.

Ofcom has established the Community Radio Fund Panel to meet as required to examine applications and make awards from the Fund.

Terms of reference for the Community Radio Fund Panel (PDF, 155.3 KB)

Ofcom has announced changes to its Terms of Reference for the Community Radio Fund Panel, available in full above.

Ahead of the next round of funding for community radio, published on 28 May 2021, and following an administrative review, Ofcom’s Project and Management Board has approved an amendment to the existing Terms of Reference removing the requirement for the Panel to include a trade body representative.

This means that the Panel for the next funding round will comprise two members (Wendy Pilmer and Olu Bankole). We will immediately begin the process of recruiting a third Panel member, whom we expect to be in place for the next funding round to take place later this year.

The existing term of the Panel’s Chair (Wendy Pilmer), currently due to be expire on 31 December 2021, has been extended to 31 March 2022.