This is an essential part of our ongoing commitment to improving our grants processes so we can best support community broadcasting stations to continue producing great content for and by their communities.
We know the timing and processes associated with our first grant rounds for the year were seriously disrupted as we rapidly adapted to the unfolding global COVID-19 crisis. Like everyone else in the sector, we were very concerned about the significant and ongoing impacts of the pandemic on community media organisations, and quickly responded by creating a crisis fund and two additional COVID-specific grants.
Our deep-dive analysis will help us to gain a better understanding of how funding decisions were made for both the crisis and regular round 1 grants, identify the factors that impacted on the process and, importantly, learn from this so we can improve what we do in future rounds.
The analysis, which has already begun, will involve a range of activities, including:
- detailed analysis by our Support Team of the decision-making and grant application processes
- review of the feedback received through our post-round applicant and assessor surveys
- discussions with the CBF President and advisory committee Chairs to share insights and consider potential improvements in our decision-making processes
- independent external analysis of the processes which will involve consultation with key community broadcasting organisations.
We are aiming to have this process completed by the end of September and will be updating you regularly on what we uncover, and how these learnings will inform future grant rounds.