Ofcom's Community Radio Fund Panel met on Tuesday 13 January 2015 to consider applications in the second round of grant awards for 2014/15.
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) confirmed the total of £393,000 for the Community Radio Fund for 2014/15. The amount spent in the first round of funding was £140,340.
In summary, at the meeting:
The Panel reviewed each application and awarded funding based on the information provided, and with reference to the Community Radio Fund guidance notes. The Panel’s decisions were to make a full award, a partial award or not to award any funding.
The average grant in this round was £14,862; the size of award ranged from £9,721 to £20,840. A table setting out the awards is at the end of this statement.
In the current financial climate the Panel felt strongly that, as much as possible, grants from the Community Radio Fund should help further a station’s financial stability and future sustainability. Therefore proposals for posts to promote long-term financial security and which could become self-sustaining were favoured by the Panel over applications for other support posts, even if they were considered by the applicants to be core station functions.
With regard to the applications considered in this funding round, the Panel would like to make the following points:
|Betar Bangla Radio||East London||Station Manager||£19,200|
|Bradley Stoke Radio||Bradley Stoke||Business Development Manager||£18,000|
|Canalside’s The Thread 102.8||Bollington||Fundraising Manager||£16,000|
|Celtic Music Radio||Glasgow||Fundraising and Events Officer||£10,000|
|Dunoon Community Radio||Dunoon||Sustainability and Development Officer||£13,469|
|Eden FM||Penrith||Commercial and Business Development role||£16,000|
|Gateway 97.8||Basildon||Business Development /Fundraiser||£15,600|
|Hermitage FM||Coalville||Finance & Administration Officer||£16,692|
|IMAN FM||Sheffield||Station Marketing and Engagement Manager||£16,940|
|Penistone FM||Penistone||Training and Fund Raising Manager||£14,781|
|Pulse Community Radio||Barrhead||Business Development Manager||£15,600|
|Radio Ikhlas||Derby||Communications and Fundraising Officer||£9,721|
|SFM 106.9||Sittingbourne||Station/Business Development Manager||£15,600|
|Soundart Radio||Totnes||Artistic Director, Business Manager and Web Developer (three posts)||£20,840|
|The Voice||North Devon||Technical and Projects Manager||£10,428|
|Vibe 107.6||Watford||Administration and Sales Support worker||£8,789|
The Panel considers promoting long-term sustainability a critical, core activity.
Applicants should try to quantify the impact of the post (for which they are applying for funding) on the future sustainability of the station.
The panel recognises that, in the current economic climate, grant funding has declined. The panel would therefore encourage innovative fundraising ideas which may offer future funding models for the community radio sector.
The Panel continues to believe there is scope for collaborative working or joint applications from stations, where appropriate.