Award of grants 2021-22 Round 1

02 September 2021

Ofcom’s Community Radio Fund Panel (‘the Panel’) met on Wednesday 11 August 2021 to consider applications in the first round of funding for 2021-22.

The Panel considered each application and awarded funding based on the information provided, and with reference to the Community Radio Fund (‘the Fund’) guidance notes. For each grant bid the Panel decided whether to make a full award, a partial award or not to award any funding.

At the meeting:

  • 72 applications for grants were considered;
  • The total amount of funding requested in these applications was £1,044,517
  • 23 applicants were awarded grants which totalled £221,467; and
  • 49 applicants were not awarded a grant.

The grants awarded ranged from £2,000 up to £19,760 for individual positions, with an average of £9,629. A summary of the awards is at the end of this statement.

In 2020-21, grants were provided as emergency cash funding to support stations facing severe financial difficulty due to the coronavirus outbreak.  The Fund has now returned to supporting the core costs of running Ofcom-licensed community radio stations, as set out in the guidance notes.