Fifty three community radio stations to receive emergency funding

15 February 2021

Fifty three more community radio stations will receive emergency funding through the Community Radio Fund, helping the to continue to provide vital services to local communities.

During the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, community radio stations have provided valuable local news and support to millions of people. However, many of these stations 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 the pandemic, an additional £200,000 was made available by the UK Government for a third round of funding.

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