Community Radio Fund Panel

The Community Radio Fund Panel meets as required to examine applications and make awards from the Community Radio Fund.

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 and 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.

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

Following an administrative review in May 2021, Ofcom’s Project and Management Board approved a change to the Panel's Terms of Reference, removing the requirement for the Panel to include a trade body representative. The full Terms of Reference are available above.

A third Panel member has been appointed for a three-year term, starting 1 November 2021. Wendy Pilmer, the Panel’s current Chair, was due to finish her term on 31 March 2022. Her term has been extended to 31 March 2023. Members' details and biographies are available below.