Please note: Due to the changes we made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic some of the grant timeframes below are different. Find out about the assessment timeframes for the COVID-19 Crisis Grant and 2020/21 Round 1 grants.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Indigenous assessors (or those who have completed relevant cultural competency training) to all Indigenous grant projects.
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. The process your application follows the staged process demonstrated below (click to enlarge).
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!