The Community Radio Fund of Canada (CRFC) has revamped its Radiometres funding program so that stations can now apply to receive even more money per station and have the option to partner on projects with their fellow radio stations.

With this latest call for applications, individual stations will be able to apply for a maximum amount of $30,000 each or a maximum of $100,000 if at least three stations partner on the work.

The Radiometres program offers the more than 170 licenced campus and community radio stations across Canada the opportunity to create local interest programming, while offering mentorship, education and training for their volunteer broadcasters. The goal is to help campus and community radio stations remain innovative and reflective of the diverse communities they serve.

Jean Malavoy, the CRFC Executive Director, says he is thrilled with the change: "Community radio helps brings Canadians closer together: as neighbours, producers and listeners. With this new version of the Radiometres program, we are helping build stronger stations while increasing the solidarity between stations, their thousands of volunteers, and all their listeners".  

Since its foundation in 2008, the CRFC has awarded more than $2.5 millions. The Radiometres Program, designed with stations’ operational needs in mind, launched in 2012 and in that time has awarded almost $2-Million for 111 initiatives in 79 communities across Canada.

Program guidelines and application form are available in the Application Materials section of opur website.

Stations have until February 14, 2014 to submit their application.

The funding for Radiometres is provided by Canada’s private radio broadcasters through a portion of their Canadian Content Development (CCD) contributions, a funding mechanism established by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). These contributions play an important part in strengthening the campus and community sector of the Canadian broadcasting system.

Following the recent call for funding of the Radio Talent Development Program and the Youth Internship Program, the Community Radio Fund of Canada (CRFC) will distribute $234,488 to twenty-seven campus and community radio stations from Victoria to Halifax. With their initiatives, these stations will be able to improve their local programming and the skills of their teams, for the benefit of their community.

 

The goal of both programs is to develop innovative local-interest programming while providing mentorship, education and training for broadcasters. And there are as many ways to meet these outcomes as there are stations. For example, this year the CRFC will fund such initiatives as an intergenerational show, programming focused on multicultural and aboriginal issues, as well as numerous opportunities for students and young workers to acquire experience in the media field.

 

The CRFC acknowledges the work of the selection committee members, who had the responsibility of choosing the new recipients. This committee was comprised of:

 

  • Jules Chiasson: Executive Director, Conseil communautaire du Grand-Havre
  • Mathieu Fortin: Social Media Manager, La Cité collégiale
  • Raїmi Osseni: Program Support Officer, Citizenship and Immigration Canadajury-2013-astral

The Radio Talent Development Program and Youth Internship Program are made possible by Canadian Content Development (CCD) contributions from Astral Media Radio (now Bell Media), totalling $1.4 Million over seven years.

 

“CiTR is thrilled to hire a Campus Coverage Coordinator with funds from the CRFC. These grants make it possible for community radio stations to develop young broadcasters and invest staff hours in projects that move our station forward. This position will build new connections with our campus by producing weekly programming, and help us plan for a move into new studios.” –Brenda Grunau, Station Manager, CiTR

 

Since the fund first opened its doors in 2007, the CRFC has awarded near $3 million to the campus and community radio sector in Canada to fund 229 initiatives. With more than 170 stations in the sector, more than half of the stations (96) have received funding from the CRFC.

 

"We are extremely happy with the liveliness of the financed initiatives," says CRFC President, Jean-François Côté. "And with the incredible diversity of projects we have funded, with programming geared towards a wide range of communities, developing local voices, and reflecting the lives of many Canadians, the CRFC is inspired to move forward in its ultimate goal that everyone in Canada can participate in and listen to strong local stations, ensuring a diversity of voices in the broadcasting system where people use community radio to directly contribute to their local culture and economic development," he adds.

 

We are proud to provide you with the 2012-2013 Community Radio Fund of Canada (CRFC) Annual Report, which was recently presented during our 6th Annual General Meeting on November 20, 2013 in Ottawa.

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This report is very visual, using several charts and relevant data, and will give you an overall view of all that we take part in to support the Campus and Community Radio Sector of Canada.
You can view and download the report at the following link: CRFC 2012-2013 Annual Report

As part of its plan to raise and distribute even more money for campus and community radio stations across the country, the Community Radio Fund of Canada (CRFC) is pleased to announce Jean Malavoy as its new Executive Director.
 
Jean-Malavoy-110Mr. Malavoy has a wealth of experience in the cultural sector, working for the past 30 years in arts management.
 
“I've come to the CRFC at a very good time,” he says. “The fund has an excellent reputation — I’m inspired by what they’ve already accomplished and am eager to work with the Board to help make the sector more sustainable.”
Most recently, Mr. Malavoy was the Executive Director of the Association des auteures et auteurs de l'Ontario français. He was the founding Executive Director of the Assemblée de la francophonie de l'Ontario and the Executive Director of the Théâtre La Nouvelle Scène in Ottawa.
 
He also worked as the National Director of the Canadian Conference for the Arts and 15 years for both the Ontario Arts Council and the Trillium Foundation.

The CRFC has also recently hired a second Program Officer to help distribute more funding.

aymone-110Aymone Agossou has previously worked to serve Francophone minority communities. From 2010 to 2012 she served as a Projects and Special Events Coordinator at the Assemblée de la francophonie de l'Ontario where she administered a program to help young graduates find meaningful work in their fields.

 
CRFC President Jean-Francois Côté says that after years of laying the groundwork, the CRFC was ready to expand, and that the new staff team will help shepherd that growth.  “Campus and community radio stations support their local communities in so many ways. We are working to ensure they have funding to further their reach. I’m proud of the team we have put together to do this essential work.”

 
Media contact: Jean Malavoy, Executive Director

t: 613-321-3513 ext.1  |  c: 613-818-3019
[email protected]

The Community Radio Fund of Canada (CRFC) is offering campus and community radio stations the opportunity to create local interest programming, while offering mentorship, education and training for their volunteer broadcasters.

Applications are now opening for our two annual programs: the Radio Talent Development Program and the Youth Internship Program. Both programs have been running since the CRFC began in 2008. The funding envelope totals $200,000, with a maximum of $10,000 for each applicant.

“These were our first programs and we’re extremely proud of all the good work they’ve made possible at campus and community radio stations across the country,” says CRFC President Jean-François Côté. “Developing local talent and making space for youth are the cornerstones of what community radio is about.”

Both these programs were created by a financial partnership with Astral Media Radio through a CRTC contribution mechanism totalling $1.4 million over seven years. Since 2012, thanks to additional funding from commercial broadcasters, we added our Radiometres program. Radiometres will have another call for applications in February 2014.

Taken together since 2008, the CRFC has awarded more than $2.7 million for the completion of 212 different initiatives that help campus and community radio stations remain innovative and reflective of the diverse communities they serve.

The deadline for applications for the Local Talent Development and Youth Internship programs is October 28, 2013. The applications will be assessed in December by an independent selection committee and the final results will be announced at the beginning of 2014. Guidelines and forms are available here.

For details on eligibility, the programs, and how to apply please see the Available Programs section.