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Award of grants 2016/17 Round 1

30 Mehefin 2016

Ofcom's Community Radio Fund Panel (‘the Panel’) met on Wednesday 22 June 2016 to consider applications in the first round of funding for 2016-17.

The Panel reviewed each application and awarded funding based on the information provided, and with reference to the Community Radio Fund guidance notes. For each grant request the Panel decided whether to make a full award, a partial award or not to award any funding.

At the meeting:

  • 52 applications for grants were considered
  • The total amount of funding requested in these applications was £927,815
  • 12 applicants were awarded grants which totalled £201,365
  • 40 applicants were not awarded a grant

In this round the grants awarded ranged from £3,000 up to £33,897, with an average of £16,780. A summary of the awards is at the end of this statement.

Issues of note arising from the Panel meeting

The Panel felt that, as much as possible, grants from the Community Radio Fund (‘the Fund’) should help further a station’s financial stability and future sustainability. Therefore proposals to promote long-term financial security and posts which could become self-sustaining were favoured by the Panel over applications for other support roles.

With regard to the applications considered in this funding round, the Panel would like to make the following points:

Limited amount of funding available

The Panel cannot make grants to all applicant stations as there is a limited amount of money to give out as grants

Giving an insight into the station and its operations is important

Section 2 of the application form is there to help the Panel get a better understanding of an applicant station, its output, its target community and its achievements. The importance of this information should not be underestimated and applicants should ensure that they provide a full response to this part of the application

What the grant is for and why it is needed

The Panel found that some applications did not give a clear explanation of why the grant funding was needed. Applicants should explain how the role or project would contribute to the financial stability and future sustainability of the station.

Previously supported roles

A request to further fund a role previously supported by the Panel needs to give details about why additional funds are needed and why the role was not already sustainable.

Provide all the information requested

The Panel noticed that some applicants did not supply job descriptions or supporting company financial data, or provided incomplete financial information. In some cases there were mistakes and inconsistencies between different sections of the application form and/or with additional documents (such as Job Descriptions).

Targets for fund raising posts

The Panel wants to see clear financial targets set for fund raising posts. For example, if applying for a role tasked with raising money for the station, the Panel considers that the post holder should aim to raise the equivalent of their own salary as a minimum, as well as securing funding towards station costs. This would help the role to become self-sustaining and likely to continue once any grant had been spent.

What does the station really need and when?

In the Panel’s experience, newly licensed stations sometimes apply too early and before they have properly worked out what their station needs. As a result applications can lack sufficient evidence that the grant will help future financial sustainability. [New stations should note that a grant from the Fund is not guaranteed].

What is not supported by the Fund

A number of applicants requested funding for items that the Fund will not support. The guidance notes set out what is funded, and there is a list of exclusions in Annex A.

Employment status of new postholders

If the grant request is to support a new role at the station, the Panel would draw applicants’ attention to HMRC’s guidance on determining the employment status of workers, when they are preparing (and costing) the post. This has implications for the way tax and National Insurance contributions are calculated and whether or not PAYE (Pay As You Earn) is operated on their earnings.

Summary of grants awarded in June 2016 (first round for 2016-17)


Amount Approved

Purpose

Station Name

Location

£33,897

‘Health FM’ project*

ALL FM

Manchester

£24,276

Business Development Manager

Radio Sangam

Huddersfield

£18,504

Business Development Officer

Bishop FM 105.9

Bishop Auckland, County Durham

£17,602

Business Development Co-ordinator

Koast Radio

Ashington, Northumberland

£17,221

Sustainability and Business Development Manager

Cando FM

Barrow-in-Furness

£16,500

Station Manager

Nevis Radio

Fort William

£15,000

Business Development Officer

In2Beats

Bedford

£15,000

Business Development Manager

Revival FM

Cumbernauld

£14,750

Business Development Officer

West Wolds Radio

Pocklington, Yorkshire

£12,965

Sales and Business Development Officer

Gravity FM

Grantham

£12,650

Fundraising & Marketing Officer

Uckfield FM

Uckfield, East Sussex

£3,000

Radio Hub regional project**

Gateway 97.8

Basildon, Essex

  • This project aims to help the UK community radio sector to deliver a range of partnership health projects. It will record and evaluate existing activity, support the creation of new projects in the field, and disseminate the results of the project to the whole sector.

**   This is a project to support community radio stations at a regional level, in London and the south east. It encourages collaboration, networking and sharing best practice, as well as running workshops.

June 2016