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Wednesday, 27 February 2013 09:58

CRFC invites applications for second round of Radiometres

Ottawa – Following a fantastic launch of the funding program Radiometres last summer, the Community Radio Fund of Canada (CRFC) is excited to once again call for applications from campus and community radio.

Radiometres aims to achieve three long-term outcomes for the sector: strong local programming, participation and training of volunteers, and community engagement. With this outcomes-based approach, stations can propose funding for a variety of activities.

"It was really good to see the interest in Radiometres last year, and to see the seeds planted for growing a program that truly meets the needs of the sector," says Jean-François Côté, CRFC president. "There is already a great mix of projects that are contributing to the outcomes – outcomes that are geared not only for campus and community radio stations but for the broadcasting system and each and every one of us in Canada."

During the first round of funding, nearly $1 million was distributed to 56 campus and community radio stations across the country. Projects included establishing a local news department, creating a training program using online resources and videos, and offering production sessions in remote communities.

"Many stations have already mentioned the positive impact of the Radiometres funding on their station and communities, but a lot of work stills needs to be done to increase to viability and sustainability of the sector," says Melissa Kaestner, CRFC executive director. "What's interesting with Radiometres is that the program can meet core needs of stations, such as hiring the first paid station manager, as well as some specialized initiatives, like volunteer training on the use of mobile broadcasting technologies," she adds.

Detailed information on Radiometres and how to complete an application form can be found in the application guidelines (see Available Programs). Stations have until April 4, 2013 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 will play an important part in strengthening the campus and community sector of the Canadian broadcasting system.