Application process

What is community media?
What grants are available?
How is Ethnic, First Nations and RPH funding allocated?
When do I apply?
How do I apply?
Can I apply for more than one grant?
How long does a grant application take to complete?
Can I get help using SmartyGrants?
What if I miss the grant deadline?
What if my organisation received funding in Round 1?

Application form

How do I prioritise my projects?
Why are some sections of the application form grey?
Why is the CBF asking questions about gender inclusion and equity?
How do I complete the budget table?
What are in-kind contributions?
Do I have to provide supporting documents?
What if we don’t have a Strategic Plan?
What are the Annual Report and financial statements requested in the application?
Why do we ask questions about your organisation’s current cash balance?
What is meant by a Strategic Plan or Business Plan?
What does building capacity mean?

Development & Operations grants

What does the CBF Development & Operations funding objective mean?
How much should we apply for?
What is an exceptional business case?
Are some activities prioritised over others?
How much funding is available?
What is meant by membership fees?
Are basics like studio rent, power and insurance considered operational support?
Can we apply for funds to keep just in case some equipment breaks down unexpectedly?
Where can we get advice about which equipment is best?
Could we employ a full-time Station Manager funded by an annual grant?
What should I include in a Position Description?
What is an organisational chart?
What additional documentation should I provide to support my application?

Content grants

What are Community media sector organisations?
How do we define who is a recognised community media organisation?
What is content production?
Are some activities prioritised over others?
How much funding is available?
Why do you want our Strategic Plan in a Content grant application?
Can I apply for wages under Content grants?
My proposal is for a new program, do I have to provide a demo or pilot?
My project has a First Nations focus, is there anything I need to consider?

Specialist Radio Programming

What activities are incentivised?
Where can I learn more about radio reading?
What is the community/broadcaster engagement admin fee?
How much should we apply for on behalf of our Specialist Program groups?
Are the figures in how much to apply capped amounts?
Do I have to provide a budget for each Specialist Radio Program?
How will Specialist Radio Programming requests be assessed?
Should I request the same amount as last year?


When will I find out the outcome of my application?
When will the grant be paid?
How does priority loading work?
Will the priority loading change in future years?
Does regional include rural?
Does regional include remote?
Why is there a question about suggesting Grant Assessors in the application form?
How will the application be assessed?

Grant process

How will grant reporting work when there are lots of components to each grant application?
How will multi-year funding work?
Are there any salary restrictions?
What are my obligations if I receive a grant?
Why does my Grant Agreement ask about compliance with legislation related to vulnerable people?
Is GST payable on my grant?

Grant reports

What’s included in the report?
When will we need to report on the grant?
How do you complete a Grant Report?
Why do I need to complete a Grant Progress Report?
What’s involved in providing an Auditor’s Financial Certificate?
Who can sign my Auditor’s Financial Certificate?
Do I need to provide audited annual financial statements?
Will the CBF need further information about the spending of my grant?
What happens if my Grant Report is overdue?
What if I don’t spend all my grant funds?

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