Community Radio Fund


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 communityradiofund@ofcom.org.uk.

Application form and guidance notes

Community Radio Fund Application Form 2024-25 (ODT, 200.7 KB)
Ffurflen gais y Gronfa Radio Cymunedol 2024-25 (ODT, 201.2 KB)

Community Radio Fund - Guidance Notes - 2024-2025 Round 1 (PDF, 270.3 KB)
Y Gronfa Radio Cymunedol - Nodiadau Cyfarwyddyd - 2024-25 Rownd 1 (PDF, 276.5 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: 2022-23 (PDF, 177.4 KB)
Adroddiad Blynyddol Y Gronfa Radio Cymunedol 2022-23 (PDF, 187.7 KB)

Community Radio Fund end-of-year report: 2021-22 (PDF, 143.4 KB)
Adroddiad Blynyddol Y Gronfa Radio Cymunedol 2021-22 (PDF, 156.2 KB)

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)

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

Older awards of grants are available via the National Archives.