Community Radio Fund

The Community Radio Fund helps to fund the core costs of running Ofcom-licensed community radio stations. For 2020-21, grants have been provided as emergency cash funding to support stations facing severe financial difficulty due to the coronavirus (“Covid-19”) outbreak. Due to the ongoing impact of Covid-19, an additional £200,000 has now been made available by DCMS for a third funding round in 2020-21 to support community radio stations which are taking steps to tackle loneliness and isolation within their communities.

Grants can only be made to community radio licensees in the UK, who are broadcasting under a community radio licence.

Stations may not apply for funding for a project that has already been funded by the £750 million Covid-19 Charities Package. This includes funding from the following funds and distributors, although this is not an exhaustive list:

  • the Covid-19 Community Support Fund, distributed by the National Lottery Community Fund;
  • the Community Match Challenge, distributed by several organizations including (among others) Comic Relief, Pears Foundation, Smallwood Trust, Lloyds Bank Foundation and Steve Morgan Foundation;
  • The Big Night In (£37m), distributed through Children in Need, Comic Relief and National Emergencies Trust;
  • funding distributed through government departments.

If a station has received funding from one of the above, they may only apply for a grant from the Fund for costs that have not already been funded by another grant.

The Community Radio Fund is not part of the Covid-19 Charities Package and applicants may apply for a further grant if they have already received a grant this year, in line with the guidance notes for this round.

The window for applications opens on 18 December 2020 and closes at 5pm on 14 January 2021. The awarding Panel will meet in February 2021 to consider the applications.

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.

Application form for emergency funding due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak – Round 3 (ODT, 44.3 KB)

Guidance notes for emergency funding due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak – Round 3 (PDF, 206.3 KB)

Ffurflen gais ar gyfer cyllid mewn argyfwng o ganlyniad i’r coronafeirws (Covid-19) – Rownd 3 (ODT, 1.1 MB)

Nodiadau cyfarwyddyd ar gyfer cyllid mewn argyfwng o ganlyniad i’r coronafeirws (Covid-19) – Rownd 3 (PDF, 786.1 KB)

For further information, please contact Ofcom's Community Radio Fund team at

Grant report form

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End of year reports

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.