Community Radio Fund


The first round of the Community Radio Fund 2022-23 opens for applications from eligible stations on Tuesday 10 May 2022, and will close at 5pm on Friday 10 June 2022.

The total amount available over the course of 2022-23 is £393,816, due to a small overallocation of funding in 2021-22 which needed to be reflected in the funds available this year.

The Community Radio Fund supports the core costs of running Ofcom-licensed community radio stations, as set out in the guidance notes available below. Applicants should read these guidance notes in full before submitting an application. Applicants should note in particular that the Fund does not fund applications for cash funding.

Licensees who 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 July 2022 to consider the applications received. However, scheduling may depend on the volume of applications we receive.

For further information, please contact the Community Radio Fund team at communityradiofund@ofcom.org.uk.

Community Radio Fund – application form (ODT, 41.7 KB)
Gronfa Radio Cymunedol – ffurflen gais (ODT, 30.6 KB)

Guidance notes (PDF, 184.0 KB)
Nodiadau arweiniad (PDF, 205.3 KB)

Report a grant

Grant report form (ODT, 37.8 KB)
Ffurflen adrodd am grant (ODT, 23.5 KB)

Template grant agreement (PDF, 203.8 KB)
Templed cytundeb grant (PDF, 203.5 KB)

End-of-year reports

Community Radio Fund end-of-year report: 2020-21 (PDF, 157.9 KB)
Y Gronfa Radio Cymunedol adroddiad diwedd blwyddyn: 2020-21 (PDF, 674.9 KB)

Ofcom Annual Report on Community Radio Fund 2019-20 (PDF, 240.5 KB)
Adroddiad Blynyddol Radio Cymunedol 2019-20 (PDF, 278.5 KB)

Older end-of-year reports are available via the National Archives.

Older awards of grants are available via the National Archives.