We love hearing updates from the people and organisations receiving our grants. It helps us celebrate the many stories we help bring to life.
As mentioned in our Grant Agreement, all grantees must report back so we can understand how grant funds are spent and how they enhance the work of community media in Australia. The CBF is responsible for distributing funds from the Australian Government, funding organisations and donors. Our organisation prides itself on transparency, and as such, we accurately record how funds are used.
In the grant report, grantees need to formally demonstrate that funds have been spent as set out in the Grant Agreement and describe what the funds achieved. Your grant report helps us:
- Demonstrate the value of the grants
- Encourage other organisations to consider similar projects and funding opportunities
- Accumulate case studies to support requests for more funding
- Monitor and evaluate our grants.
To complete your report online, visit SmartyGrants.
Do you have a Grant Progress Report due? Progress Reports are a great opportunity to showcase your projects, share your plans and identify areas the CBF can help with. Keep calm and follow these tips from our Grants Support Team!
Refer back to your Grant Agreement (and original application) to see what outcomes you planned to achieve.
Explain the progress of your project. Are there any changes? Have there been any unexpected challenges? Your Grant Progress Report is the perfect time to explain what’s working, what isn’t and how you’re achieving your goals.
Explain issues you may have delivering and request major variations to your project including changes to budgets or timeframes. Projects don’t always go as planned – we understand. Our Grants Support Team will follow up to confirm if your changes have been accepted or if we need additional information.
The budget! Explain in detail how you have used your grant funds so far. If there is more money to be spent in the latter half of your project, let us know.
Include photos – we love seeing how our grants enhance community media. Remember – ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’! We need high-resolution images (at least 1MB) featuring people. Please note the names of people featured (and also seek their permission) and if needed, credit the photographer. Help us promote the great work you’re doing.
Show how you’ve acknowledged us. Demonstrate your acknowledgments, or your plans and include any support material such as media articles, photos, ads, programs and written responses.
Good luck and remember our Grants Support Team are here to help you!
The due date of our grant report is included in your Grant Agreement or on the correspondence we forward with your grant payment remittance advice. Please notify the CBF in writing before the due date if you need an extension. If you are also providing an Auditor’s Financial Certificate, it must be completed within five months of the end of your financial year.
We love seeing how our grants enhance community broadcasting. When you report back to us, photos are an easy and effective way of showing how the money we give you is making a difference. Remember – ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’!
What we need
We enjoy sharing the success of your station on our social pages, website and sometimes even our Annual Report. Here are tips to ensure your photos are suitable.
- If using a mobile phone, ensure the resolution is set to the highest setting.
- Resolution minimum 1MB, maximum 20MB.
- Feature people where possible. Even if it’s a piece of broadcast equipment – including the face of a happy broadcaster brings a photo to life!
- Please don’t submit fuzzy images.
- Include the names of anyone featured in the file name e.g. John Smith, XXX FM.
Simple tips to enhance you photos
We understand capturing that perfect photo can be tricky. Learn more about taking great photos with some simple tips below.