Community Radio Fund

The first round of the Community Radio Fund 2021-22 opens for applications from eligible stations on Friday 28 May and will close at 5pm on Friday 25 June 2021. DCMS has provided £400,000 for grants for the 2021-22 financial year.

In 2020-21, grants were provided as emergency cash funding to support stations facing severe financial difficulty due to the Coronavirus outbreak. For 2021-22, the Fund will return to supporting the core costs of running Ofcom-licensed community radio stations, as set out in the guidance notes. Applicants should read the 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 August 2021 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

The Community Radio Fund application form (ODT, 46.8 KB) for 2021-22 has been updated to correct an administrative error. The original form dated 28 May 2021 can still be used to apply if applicants have already written their application.

Application form (ODT, 46.8 KB)

Ffurflen gais (ODT, 1.1 MB)

Guidance notes (PDF, 178.3 KB)

Nodiadau arweiniad (PDF, 691.2 KB)

Template grant agreement (PDF, 203.8 KB)

Templed cytundeb grant (PDF, 203.5 KB)

Grant report form

Grant report form, updated 24 May 2018 (RTF, 808.8 KB)

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.