Ofcom's Community Radio Fund Panel met on Tuesday 2 July 2013 to consider applications in the first round of grant awards for 2013/14.
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) initially allocated £436,000 for the Community Radio Fund for 2013/14. Subsequently DCMS notified us that it had allocated a total of £29,500 of this to other community projects. Earlier this year DCMS informed us that reductions in its budget in autumn 2012 and again in spring 2013 meant that the total available to Ofcom to administer for 2013/14 had been reduced to £397,456.
In summary, at the meeting:
The Panel reviewed each application and awarded funding based on the information provided, and with reference to the Community Radio Fund guidance notes. The Panel’s decisions were for:
The average grant in this round was £14,657; the size of award ranged from £5,850 to £24,264 (for a post shared by two stations). A table setting out the awards is at the end of this statement.
In the current financial climate the Panel felt strongly that, as much as possible, grants from the Community Radio Fund should help further a station’s financial stability and future sustainability. Therefore proposals for posts to promote long-term financial security and which could become self-sustaining were favoured by the Panel over applications for other support posts, even if they were considered core station functions.
With regard to the applications considered in this funding round, the Panel would like to make the following points:
|3TFM||Stevenston, Saltcoats and Ardrossan, N Ayrshire||Station Manager/Volunteer Co-ordinator (part-funding)||£8,000|
|Abbey 104||Sherborne, Dorset||Sustainable Funding Manager (p/t)||£19,500|
|Angel Radio||Havant, Hampshire||Programme Development Officer (p/t) – for a project of benefit to the sector||£5,850|
|Business Development Manager (p/t)||£15,000|
|Radio Asian Fever||Leeds||Business Development Officer||£18,000|
|Radio Faza||Nottingham||Business Development Manager (p/t)||£14,687|
|Radio Verulam||St Albans||Business Development Manager (p/t)||£11,800|
|Radio Winchcombe||Winchcombe, Gloucestershire||Strategy and planning post (p/t)||£6,750|
|Switch Radio||Castle Vale, Birmingham||Funding and Development Manager||£17,507|
|Takeover Radio||Leicester||Fundraising Officer – shared post for two stations||£24,264|
|Ujima Radio||St Pauls and Easton, Bristol||Project Trainer – for a sustainable revenue stream||£17,283|
|Vibe 107.6 FM||Watford||Station Manager (p/t)||£17,240|
The Panel considers promoting long-term sustainability a critical, core activity. The Panel also continues to believe there is scope for collaborative working or joint applications from stations.
The Panel is aware of the growing importance of social media, particularly to young people, the socially isolated and those on low budgets, many of which population segments are target audiences for community radio. It would welcome applications which explore the potential of social media to improve community radio station coverage (reach), community involvement and financial sustainability.
The Panel would urge all applicants to take note of the remarks outlined above.