Successful grants

In Round 2 2019/20 we received 160 applications requesting $2,981,314, of which:

  • 89 Development & Operations applications requested $1,964,891. 46 applications have been offered funding totalling $1,842,091
  • 71 Content applications requested $1,016,423. 41 applications have been offered funding totalling $358,898

We have granted a total of $2,200,989 for 87 applications. We also offered three applicants multi-year funding.

All grant allocations are detailed in our Grant allocations spreadsheet. We’re pleased to support community media projects across Australia, and we’re particularly excited about those listed below.


Content grants November 2019

WOW Australia – Women of the World Festival Broadcast Project (4EB)

4EB and WOW Australia Festival are joining forces to produce a range of interview-based radio programs, podcasts and outside broadcasts about women and by women. New female broadcasters from diverse backgrounds will be trained in interview techniques, editing and broadcast technology. They will also be mentored by experienced broadcaster/producers throughout the project..

Ability on the Air (Studio Artes)

A half-hour monthly radio program made by people with a disability, for people with disability, as well as the general community. Ability on Air will showcase ability through comedy, news, interviews and general interest stories.

Punitive Expedition Against the Bardi (Goolarri)

The spearing of two pearlers at Cygnet Bay in 1885 resulted in severe police reprisals against the Bardi people on the Dampier Peninsula. A 1969 Bardi language recording of Tudor Ejai describing these events will be brought to life with 3D animation.

Uplift season 2 (auspiced by RMITV and broadcast on C31 Melbourne and Geelong)

Uplift is a micro-narrative comedy web series, comprising 20 x 60-second episodes. Every time Lift Gal enters her bland apartment lift something unexpected happens – but now she’s ready. She’s learned if you can’t fight them, join them, and she’s ready to push this lift up to the next level.

Turning the Goldfields Green – local solutions for a global problem (Main FM)

A weekly radio program and podcast featuring interviews with individuals, groups, businesses and institutions about their activities, efforts and solutions to the climate crisis. Working in partnership with the Mount Alexander Sustainability Group (MASG), this program will investigate what is happening locally in central Victoria and how that is reflected globally.

Multicultural radio program (Edge Radio and Students Against Racism)

Edge Radio and Students Against Racism (SAR) are partnering to create a radio program about the lived experience of young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds. Coordinated by the students involved, the program will be about the issues and topics important to marginalised Tasmanian young people.

Coober Pedy Community Engagement and Capability Building podcast (Dusty Radio)

This podcast series will look at the past, present and future of Coober Pedy over eight 30-minute episodes. Featuring the diverse voices and perspectives of the local community, this podcast will also provide students with training in audio production and interview techniques.

Blak Fridays (Radio Skid Row)

This pilot will provide mentoring and career pathways for Indigenous people to work in community radio. The project will initially use outside broadcasts to recruit and train full-time presenters in broadcasting skills. Participants will contribute to the launch of ongoing all-day programming, Blak Friday, that will examine the lives of local Redfern residents.

Development & Operations grants November 2019

Reaching Out (3ZZZ)

3ZZZ will receive multi-year funding to support salaries, equipment and website costs. This will contribute to establishing a youth radio service, increasing community participation and increasing 3ZZZ’s financially sustainability.

National broadcasters conference (SCMA)

The annual Southern Community Media Association (SCMA) conference will receive multi-year funding to run workshops and plenary sessions, as well as provide networking and  learning opportunities for attendees. The focus of the conference will be to help stations with day-to-day management, governance and technical operations.

 Solar panel installation (2NSB)

This project will improve the station’s environmental sustainability through the installation of solar panels. The panels will not only help to minimise power costs, but will also assist with disruption from power outages.

Video story project (Wangki Radio)

Wangki Yupurnanupurru Radio will purchase video equipment to produce new audio-visual content for their social media and online channels. This will help to increase community engagement with Wangki Radio broadcasts and also allow content to be shared with other organisations.

AiringUp – community TV Online (Australian Community Television Alliance)

Community TV stations will develop their technical and operational capacity with a shared online video platform. This will benefit CTV by creating operating efficiencies, increasing audience reach and also developing a new source of revenue.

New communications pole (MTMFM)

Coonamble Community Radio (MTMFM) will erect a new broadcast tower to replace their existing tower which has been condemned.

Equipment bank upgrade (SACBA)

The South Australian Community Broadcasters Association (SACBA) will extend their equipment bank to offer more stations the chance to try-before-they-buy. Being able to experiment with equipment at their own pace is important for stations as they need to accommodate slower timeframes due to having avolunteer workforce.


Feedback Survey Round 2 2019/20

We encourage grantees to provide constructive feedback so we can learn more about your experience in working with us to help us improve our grants process.

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If you have any further constructive feedback you’d like to pass on, please email the CBF Grants Support Team

Assessor feedback for applicants

The most successful Development & Operations grants were recognised by assessors as including:

  • Descriptions in simple language without jargon demonstrating clear connections to a strategic plan (capacity and ideas criteria). For example 4ZZZ’s strategic plan to engage their community
  • Applications demonstrating a clear sense of purpose were well regarded (ideas and impacts criteria). For example  OCR FM’s to upgrade its music server
  • Target communities including traditionally marginalised people (impacts criterion). For example Wangki Radio’s application to purchase video equipment to produce audio-visual content
  • Clear technical documentation to demonstrate why equipment needs replacing and that the right equipment has been sourced (ideas criteria). For example 2MTM’s application for installation of a new Communication Pole including a site plan and geotechnical report.

Top scoring Content grants this round were praised by assessors for including:

  • Strong content ideas demonstrating a commitment to engaging new and diverse voices in community media (idea criterion), for example Music Masala on 4EB
  • Strong sample demo, pilot or previous production showing creativity and excellence in content production (idea criterion), for example what Main FM’s producer Anne-Marie did for The Card-Carrying Members of the Library Liberation Front
  • Strong focus on gender inclusion and equity (impact criterion), for example Women in STEMM on C31 Melbourne
  • Reasonable budgets demonstrating value for money (implementation criteria), for example OKRFM’s under $2,000 requests for their Young Presenters Quest and Wallan Walk-In
  • Letters of support from partners demonstrating their participation in and benefit from your project (implementation criteria), for example Dusty Radio’s letter from the Coober Pedy Historical Society in support of their Community Engagement and Capability Building Podcast.

The most common areas of feedback provided to applicants on how applications could be strengthened this round were:

Development & Operations

  • Letters of support from partners should demonstrate their participation in and benefit from the proposal.
  • When setting measures of success, include what the current state is and what you want it to be at the end of the funding period (e.g. Increase from 200 members now, to 500 by the end of the funding period).
  • Timelines should include key weekly activities, key project activities and key milestones for the station throughout the funding period such as known special broadcast events (Outside Broadcasts, donations drives).


  • Consider more appropriate formats for online audiences.
  • Consider who the target audience for your content is and how you can specifically create and promote your content for them.
  • Contributing funding would demonstrate your organisation’s commitment to the project.
  • Don’t forget, you can always ask for feedback specific to your application from your Grants Support Team member.

Don’t forget, you can always ask for feedback specific to your application from your Grants Support Team member.

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