The Community Radio Fund of Canada (CRFC) radio is proud to announce a new call for applications for its Radiometres Program. Through their projects, stations will continue to grow and serve their community.

Radiometres is an ever-evolving program. With this new round, we strive to support Canadian campus and community radio stations in their ability to produce innovative programming that reflects their community. In this vein, the CRFC will now hold two calls for application for the Radiometres Program yearly in order to support stations across the country. " underlines Jean Malavoy, CRFC’s Executive Director.

Radiometres offers up to $30,000 per project, and up to $100,000 per partnership project, to eligible stations.

Following changes in the program, stations are encouraged to read the revised guidelines and use the new form to submit applications. These documents can be downloaded from our website at the following link: Application Materials.

Stations have until August 31, 2014 to submit their application.

The Radiometres Program, designed with stations’ essential needs in mind, was launched in 2012. In that time, it has awarded more than $3 million for 148 initiatives in 89 communities across Canada.

The funding for Radiometres is provided by Canada’s private radio broadcasters through 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.

The Community Radio Fund of Canada is the national not-for-profit funding body for the growth and sustainability of campus and community radio. More than 170 community-based radio stations across Canada make up the community-owned, volunteer-driven sector of Canadian broadcasting. The CRFC helps develop and enrich this vital broadcasting sector to ensure local, public-access radio for Canadian communities.

RADIOMETRES LATEST RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED!

 

From three rural British Columbia stations partnering on a project to develop sustainable organizations through resource sharing, to a station in Dieppe, New Brunswick starting a talk-show on regional events, the latest round of funding from the Community Radio Fund of Canada (CRFC) Radiometres program shows the range of ways it supports Canadian community radio stations and the Canadians they serve.

 

In total, the CRFC awarded $1,188,416 to 41 campus and community radio stations for 37 projects that will help them improve their local programming, train volunteers, and involve community members in the station’s activities.

 

For example, CFYT-FM in Dawson City, Yukon will partner with a community center to broadcast community and local Aboriginal events, CINQ-FM in Montreal, Quebec will develop a program produced by seniors, CHUO-FM in Ottawa, Ontario will host a series of workshops for the recording of live music acts, and CFFF-FM in Peterborough, Ontario will develop the production of radio dramas. This year also saw two first-time partnership projects where stations in rural British Columbia and francophone New-Brunswick will work together.

 

Roxanne Casey, Station Manager of CKHA-FM in Haliburton, Ontario says their project, which will permit the hiring of a person to administer their newly developed Radio Hall, just wouldn’t exist without the CRFC’s help.

"The CRFC has allowed us to do a number of incredible projects over the last few years...allowing us to engage with even more volunteers, local talent and community organizations. Having the opportunity to apply for funding through the CRFC is keeping community radio alive and well in the Haliburton Highlands."

 

CRFC President Jean-François Côté agrees that this kind of help is crucial and thinks it can go even further in the future.

“With increased funding per project and the new partnership option we initiated in this round of Radiometres, we hope to support collaborative and larger scope projects. This endorses the idea of strength in numbers – a belief already well-entrenched in the community radio sector. We hope to encourage stations to create even more links and to share their best practices.”

 

Since its creation in 2007, the CRFC has distributed more than $4-Million to the sector of community radio for the implementation of 273 initiatives. Of the more than 170 licenced Canadian campus and community stations, 103 stations have received funding from the CRFC.

 

The CRFC acknowledges the work of the three independent selection committee members, who had the responsibility of choosing the new recipients. This round, the committee included:

  • Nathalie Bernardin: Executive Director of L’Association des professionnels de la chanson et de la musique (APCM)
  • Anne-Sophie Ducellier: Manager, Marketing and Communications, Faculty of Education, Ottawa University
  • Adrian Harewood: News Anchor at CBC News Ottawa, and CBC Late Night.RM-1415-01 comite-selection
     

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
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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.