Community Radio Fund


The Community Radio Fund helps to fund the core costs of running Ofcom-licensed community radio stations.

The second round of the Community Radio Fund 2021-22 opens for applications from eligible stations on Wednesday 1 December and will close at 5pm on Friday 7 January 2022. In addition to the £178,533 available after the conclusion of the first round, DCMS has also made an additional £200,000 available for the second round of the Fund. This means that the total amount available to be awarded in the upcoming round is £378,533.

In 2020-21, grants were provided as emergency cash funding to support stations facing severe financial difficulty due to the Coronavirus outbreak. As set out before the first round, the Fund has now returned to supporting 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 February 2022 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 communityradiofund@ofcom.org.uk.

Application form (ODT, 48.0 KB)

Ffurflen gais (ODT, 28.4 KB)

Guidance notes (PDF, 184.0 KB)

Nodiadau arweiniad (PDF, 198.4 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.

Report a grant

Grant report form (RTF, 808.8 KB)

Template grant agreement (PDF, 203.8 KB)

Templed cytundeb grant (PDF, 203.5 KB)

Older awards of grants are available via the National Archives.