When will I find out the outcome of my application?

Grant applications are reviewed by a team of Grant Assessors, our Grants Advisory Committee and our Board. Once funding recommendations are endorsed by our Board, applicants are notified of their outcome.

For Round 1 applications, you will receive notice of the outcome of your application early June. All grants allocated in June will be published on our website homepage by mid-June.

For Round 2 applications, you will receive notice of the outcome of your application in late November. All grants allocated in November will be published on the CBF website by mid-November.

When will the grant be paid?

Round 1 grants are paid from July. Round 2 grants are paid from December. Make sure your organisation has all prior grant reporting up-to-date. Organisations with overdue Grant Reports will not be paid until the reports are complete.

How does priority loading work?

To mitigate the potential disadvantage that low resource or regional stations may experience through our competitive grant application process, we apply priority loading to the aggregated assessment score given by our Grant Assessor Team.

This loading is a ‘bump’ of 5% for organisations in regional and rural areas, as well as organisations with a limited capacity to fund initiatives (an average annual income less than $100,000 over the past three years). Some organisations may qualify for both loadings, making their total score ‘bump’ 10%. This function aims to address potential inequality in organisation capacity to access grant funds.

Will the priority loading change in future years?

Each year we review the impact of the priority loadings applied to scores to determine if we need to refine. Different strategies to address inequities in a competitive grants processes may be explored in future years.

Does regional include rural?

Yes, under the CBF grant guidelines, the regional and rural terminology is interchangeable. The CBF follows ACMA’s definition of metropolitan, regional and remote broadcast licenses and will apply the ‘bump’ of 5% to regional licensed applicants for stations, and by postcode for other eligible organisations incorporated in regional areas.

Does regional include remote?

No, it doesn’t. Support for remote broadcast services is largely provided through the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet’s Indigenous Advancement Strategy with supplementary and complementary funding support provided by the CBF for some activities.

Why is there a question about suggesting Grant Assessors in the application form?

Applicants may feel that their project proposals will be best understood by Grant Assessors with a particular cultural background, experience-base or skill set. This question allows applicants to identify where this is the case. Where possible, we will accommodate those requests.

The CBF is committed to principles of self-determination and will assign First Nations assessors (or those who have completed relevant cultural competency training) to all First Nations grant projects.

How will the application be assessed?

Competitive grants are assessed against the criteria detailed in the grant guidelines. This criteria is a consideration for our Grants Advisory Committee when making grant recommendations.

The CBF uses a peer review assessment process to determine funding allocations. People assessing your application have experience in the community broadcasting sector and bring their own set of expertise to reviewing your application. Your application follows the staged process demonstrated below (click to enlarge).

Flowchart of the CBF grant application process 1. Application submitted. 2. Processed by Grants Administrator 3. Assessed by at least five Grant Assessors 4. Reviewed by Grants Advisory Committee 5. Funding allocation reviewed by Board 6. Application outcome advised.

We encourage you to view our other Frequently Asked Questions and explore our website to learn more about successful grant recipients, managing your grant, reporting, how to acknowledge the CBF and other funding opportunities. Also, don’t forget our Top 10 Tips for Applications!

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