CBF provides emergency funding for community broadcasters: COVID19

The Community Broadcasting Fund is making emergency COVID-19 funding available to community broadcasters who are struggling in the current pandemic.

CBF President, Ian Hamm, says the funding is in response to consultation with stations, the CBAA as part of the COVID-19 Crisis Taskforce and sector bodies, and will come from CBF reserves as current year funds were allocated in 2019.
The COVID-19 Quick Response Grant will provide quick access to funds for stations that have no paid staff and are therefore not eligible for the broad Australian Government stimulus packages.
A new COVID-19 Crisis Fund to provide stations with additional support while operating under pandemic restrictions and this fund will be open to all stations, and the CBF will also be reopening the 2020/21 Round 1 Grants for those that have already applied to will provide those applicants with the opportunity, if they wish, to adjust their applications to better reflect their operational needs during the crisis.

COVID-19 Quick response Grant

  • All stations without paid staff can apply for a grant of up to $2000 to assist with maintaining operations under COVID-19 social distancing requirements.
  • The grant can be for small equipment, software, supplies and associated costs associated with maintaining operations under COVID-19 social distancing requirements. This includes purchases already incurred since 1 January 2020 or future purchases.
  • Simple application and acquittal process
  • Payments will be made as soon as possible
  • Applications will open on Tuesday 21 April and close Monday 4 May

2020/21 Round 1 Grants re-opened to existing applicants only

  • Existing applicants can revise their applications considering the effect of the COVID-crisis on their activities, only if they wish to do so
  • Existing applicants may remove activities that are no longer relevant and focus their needs on their continued operation
  • Existing applicants will be able to flag if they want to be considered for COVID-19 Crisis Fund assistance when revising their application
  • Streamlined, easy process
  • Applications will open in late April and closes mid-May

COVID-19 Crisis Fund

  • A new Fund specifically established to help stations maintain or improve operations during the pandemic restrictions
  • All stations can apply to the COVID-19 Crisis Fund
  • Streamlined process with a simplified form
  • Applications will open in late April and closes mid-May






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