Each year the CBF grants more than $19.9 million to help 232 community media organisations communicate, connect and share knowledge through independent radio, television and digital media. Our grants are allocated twice per year, with the majority of funding allocated in the first round.

If you have questions about our grants or your applications you can contact our Grants Support Team.

Grants available

We have funding available to support Content (including Specialist Programming), Development & Operations and Major Projects (sector investment).

Quick Response Grants may also be available when regular grant rounds are closed.

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Key dates

Our next grant round will open on Monday 28 June 2021 and close on Tuesday 17 August 2021 at 2pm (AEDT) for the following:

  • Development & Operations grants
  • Content grants
  • Specialist Radio Programming grants.

Quick Response grants: Applications for projects meeting the eligibility criteria and funding conditions are welcome at any time.

COVID-19 Crisis Grants

COVID-19 Crisis Grant ensures community broadcasters can maintain or improve their services to communities throughout the pandemic. This grant is now closed.

COVID-19 Quick Response Grant helps stations maintain operations under the COVID-19 social distancing requirements. This grant is now closed.


Your grant reports are an important part of being transparent about the way we distribute funds to the community broadcasting sector.

Submit your grant report online >

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Our frequently asked questions will help you with all aspects of your grant application. If you have further questions or need support, contact our Grants Support Team. They’re always happy to help.

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Are you looking to apply for a CBF grant or grow the income of your organisation? We’ve produced these guides and templates to help you.

Do you have a question about our grants process? There’s lots of information to help you on our website that you can explore, including our Frequently Asked Questions. If you can’t find what you need, then contact our Grants Support Team. They are always happy to help.

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Managing your grant

You’ve been successful in receiving a grant from the CBF – congratulations! We proudly partner with community media to help bring stories to life across Australia. Here’s how to manage your grant.

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Acknowledging us

As a valued funding partner in Australian community media, we kindly ask grant recipients to recognise our support via promotions on websites, social, audio credits and publications. Download our Acknowledgment Toolkit (PDF, 1.7MB) for guidelines including templates for audio, video, print and websites.


After reviewing our toolkit, download the logo best suited to your needs.  Please keep in mind any logo downloads are subject to our Copyright and Disclaimer policies.

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Successful grants

We received a combined total of 649 applications requesting $20,657,355 for the Round 1 2020/21 grants, the COVID-19 Crisis Grant and COVID-19 Quick Response Grant..

  • 146 Development & Operations applications requested $9,234,463. 88 applications have been offered funding totalling $3,935,323
  • 96 Content applications requested $3,101,425. 42 applications have been offered funding totalling $868,914
  • 67 Specialist Radio Programming applications requested $1.933,386. 67 have been offered funding totalling $1,641,366
  • 2 Sector grant applications requested $644,981. Both have been offered funding totalling $644,981.
  • 111 COVID-19 quick response grant applications requested $189,849. 106 applications have been offered funding totalling $167,659
  • 227 COVID-19 Crisis grant applications requested $5,553,250. 223 applications have been offered funding totalling $2,344,286

We granted a total of $9,602,529 for 537 applications, and have also offered five applicants multi-year funding.

Grant allocations are detailed in our Grant allocations spreadsheet. A selection of successful grants and assessor feedback are listed below.

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