CBF grants: what does community engagement mean?

January 8, 2024

Happy FM yellow outside broadcast van
Community engagement brings together ideas of consultation, participation, collaboration and empowerment. It involves building inclusive, trusted long-term relationships with communities. These relationships contribute to a thriving cohesive democratic society.

Community media is particularly good at creating opportunities for greater participation and engagement. ‘Çommunity engagement’ deep in the community media DNA.

In fact, Roadmap 2033 identifies social engagement as a key outcome of the work we do as broadcasters.

Community engagement, CBF grants and your application

Community engagement is the core business of your organisation, and the reason we ask about it in our grant applications.

As part of your community broadcasting licence, you’re required to encourage members of your community to get involved at your station. This means engaging diverse members of your community to ensure you’re representing the diverse voices of your community on air. Examples of community engagement may include activities such as establishing or reviewing your Diversity Policy, outside broadcasts or training for new volunteers.

Community engagement also refers to engaging with community media audiences. We want you to tell us about the ways your organisation has continued to reach out to sponsors, members, subscribers and listeners and what you are planning for the future.

Ready to apply?

Wanting to apply for a grant to support your community engagement? View  our frequently asked questions,  information on Development and Operations and Content grants or contact a member of our Grants Support Team to learn more.

Photo: Happy FM  out in the community on South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula.