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.

Key dates

Grant Round 2 2021/22 is now closed. Our next Content and Development & Operations grants round will open in early 2022.

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

Grants available

We have funding available to support Content (including Specialist Programming) and Development & Operations grants.

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

We also fund major projects (sector investment) which are by invitation only.

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Successful grants

In the first grant round for 2021/22, our aim was to fund compelling content, support stations to engage their communities in the COVID-normal world, and foster long-term organisational sustainability.

We received a combined total of 293 applications requesting $42,181,424, including:

  • 148 Development & Operations applications requested $8,472,536 – 100 applications have been offered funding totalling $4,467,949
  • 85 Content applications requested $3,090,517 and 56 Specialist Radio Programming applications requested $1,578,271 – 85 applications (combining all Content and Specialist grants into one application per station) have been offered funding totalling $2,775,626 (this includes ongoing ethnic programming totalling $804,564, Indigenous programming totalling $697,146 and RPH programming totalling $17,037)
  • 4 Sector Investment grant applications requested $29,040,100 (of that $24,664,200 was for discreet sector-wide projects) – all have been offered funding including multi-year grants totalling $19,184,795.

Overall we granted a total of $26,428,370 across 192 applications. This includes funding for major projects, sector investment grants and multi-year funding for some Content and Development & Operations grants.

Grant allocations are detailed in our Grant allocations spreadsheet.

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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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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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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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