Opening soon: Round 2 COVID-19 Crisis Grants

September 1, 2020

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Our second grant round for 2020/21 will be opening on Monday 7 September 2020. This year we will be running a second COVID-19 Crisis Grant round instead of our usual Content and Development & Operations grant rounds which will open again in early 2021.

We have decided to do this is because we know from the first COVID-19 Crisis Grant round that the pandemic has significantly impacted on many community stations’ ability to generate income through sponsorship, donations and events.

While the need is much greater than we are able to support, our COVID-19 Crisis grants aim to make a small contribution to support community stations through the pandemic.

We know you’re under pressure, so we’ve simplified the application and reporting processes. We’ve also streamlined the assessment process to ensure we get the funds out to stations as quickly as possible.

What will this COVID-19 Crisis Grant round look like?

  • There is a smaller funding pool of approximately $900K (in the first round we had $2.4 million).
  • Applications will not be competitively assessed. The grant amount will be determined by a calculation based on your organisation’s annual expenditure. It will be adjusted to take into account other CBF COVID-19 Crisis and Development & Operations grants your organisation has already received this year.
  • Organisations will not receive more than $30,000 across both COVID-19 Crisis grant rounds.
  • Not every applicant will receive funding this time.

Who can apply?

You can apply for a COVID-19 Crisis grant if you are a:

  • Community radio station
  • Community television station
  • Remote Indigenous Media Organisation or Remote Indigenous Broadcasting Service.

Please note: To be eligible stations with a temporary licence must have been on air for at least two successive years prior to applying.

What can you use the COVOD-19 Crisis Grant funding for?

The funds allocated through this COVID Crisis Grant round can be used for expenses incurred from 1 July 2020 – 30 June 2021.

You can use the grant for the following organisational costs:

  • Operations – including salaries, sponsorship replacement costs, utility costs, administration
  • Activities – online training, business development, marketing
  • Equipment costs – including equipment that enables broadcasters to adhere to social distancing requirements and to work from home
  • Production/transmission/administration equipment, website/software costs
  • Administration for the grant up to $1,000.

More information about this grant round and how to apply will be available next Monday. If you have any questions about the round please get in touch with our Grants Support Team.

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