Community Radio Fund

Published: 21 May 2024

The first round of the Community Radio Fund 2024-2025 opens for applications from eligible stations on Tuesday 21 May 2024 and will close at 5pm on Friday 14 June 2024. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has made £400,000 available over the 2024-2025 financial year. This means that the panel will allocate approximately half of this to Round One applicants.

The Fund supports the core costs of running Ofcom-licensed community radio stations as set out in the guidance notes published below. Applicants should read these guidance notes in full before submitting an application.

Licensees that hold a Community Digital Sound Programme (C-DSP) licence are eligible to apply for the Fund if the station is broadcasting on a digital radio multiplex at the date of their application.

Grants can only be made to Ofcom-licensed community radio stations in the UK, broadcasting on AM, FM, or via a C-DSP licence on a digital radio multiplex. Applications from eligible licence-holders may be submitted in Welsh. Any application submitted in Welsh will be treated no less favourably than an application submitted in English.

We expect that the Community Radio Fund Panel will meet in late July 2024 to consider the applications. However, scheduling will depend on the volume of applications we receive.

For further information, please contact the Community Radio Fund team at

Older awards of grants are available via the National Archives.

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