Successful grants

In our first round of funding for 2018/19, we granted a total of $11,940,039 to 185 organisations. We’re pleased to support community media projects across Australia, including those listed below.

All grant allocations are detailed in our Grants Allocations spreadsheet (XLS file, 39KB). For more inspiration, see other examples of community media organisations bringing Australian stories to life.

Content grants

Podcast Incubator (SYN Media)
Our grant will support the creative development of four original podcasts, and professional mentoring of up to eight young, emerging producers.

Ngangan wruk: Our Earth series (First Languages Australia)
Partnering with language workers nationally, this series of short films will share the history and knowledge of names and places. It will inform, educate and celebrate culture.

Accent of Women and Earth Matters (3CR)
Accent of Women focuses on women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Earth Matters brings a strong social justice focus, featuring local, national and international environmental issues. In a first for the CBF, these two programs will be offered three-year funding to support these programs.

Stories Without Borders (4CCR)
Cairns FM will introduce a new weekly program, Stories Without Borders. This program will include stories, significant events, cultural information, music and discussion of the cultural changes and difficulties that multicultural communities face when settling into Australian life.

Who Plays Who (6HRV)
Grant funds will help Harvey Community Radio to invite members of their local community to guest-program a half-hour radio segment, telling listeners a little about themselves and their music selections. The segment will appear at different times throughout the week to reach a broad cross-section of the community, all abilities and all ages.

Hippies, Punks and Cowboys (Radio Adelaide)
This 20-part series to be featured on Radio Adelaide’s The Range program, focuses on contemporary Australian society and politics through the lens of popular culture and music.

Living With Autism (2MFM)
This eight-episode series produced by Muslim Community Radio will focus on living life with autism, including interviews with health professionals, autistic individuals and their parents (from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds).

Ethnic Youth Media Collective (2RSR)
Skid Row will create a collective of young people from new and emerging communities to participate in ethnic community broadcasting. This group will be mentored by industry experts to produce multimedia content and to participate in both the management of the radio station and the wider sector on themes of media justice. The content will include a weekly half-hour podcast in English and bilingual content produced in partnership with existing broadcasters.

Development & Operations grants

Multi-year funding support (City Park Radio)
In a first for the CBF, City Park Radio has been offered three-year funding to support their operational costs. City Park Radio demonstrated exceptional organisational planning for the activities seeking funding support.

Strategic Planning (3INR)
The CBF is funding a facilitated planning workshop at 3INR to help the team develop a strategic plan, including a vision and roadmap for achieving success.

Community Builder (C31)
Community Builder is a social enterprise providing unique media training opportunities and career pathways. A CBF grant will fund provide increased opportunities for people of different cultures and abilities, develop partnerships with local community organisations/social enterprises, and help build a reliable income source for C31.

Station Manager salary support (6HFM)
Hedland Community Radio will have a paid, full-time Station Manager for the first time thanks to a salary subsidy from the CBF. The station is looking forward to increasing its sponsorship revenue, welcoming new announcers and members, and conducting a number of OBs throughout the year with support from the organisation’s only paid staff member.

Transmission and studio equipment (7WAY)
7WAY are looking to increase volunteers and engagement of local young people, artists, performers, groups, churches and Christian organisations. With our support, 7WAY will have the essential equipment needed to broadcast effectively and reach new audiences.

New studio equipment (5RRR)
5RRR in Woomera has been operating with a borrowed mixer from 5ROX FM and a mini Mac borrowed from SACBA for some time. This year, grant funds will help the station purchase its own equipment mixer and studio computer and return the equipment they’re currently borrowing from other stations.

800MHz transfer (4CIM)
Bumma Bippera Media in Cairns is among the 17 stations receiving funding assistance to transfer frequencies due to changes in the 800MHz band. The station will replace its transmitter link and is supported with a contribution to its transmission expenses in 2018-19.

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