As an industry, community media is mostly self-funded with CBF grants forming just over 7.5%* of income. Community radio stations gain the majority of their income from business sponsorship, subscriptions, donations and other fundraising activities. Many CBF grants support station sustainability to ensure their important work can continue into the future, including enhancing business knowledge and funding strategic planning development.

In addition to the support of the Community Broadcasting Foundation, stations often seek the assistance of other organisations. FBi in Sydney for example partnered with Multicultural NSW to produce ‘Outskirts Reporting,’ a journalism masterclass for aspiring journalists (featured above).

Community Broadcasting Sector Financial Health of Community Radio Survey (October 2017).

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