Stations will be entitled to amounts ranging from $50,000 to $250,000

The Community Radio Fund of Canada (CRFC) invites all Canadian community and campus radio stations to submit an application for this fifth round of funding for the Radiometres Program.

Radiometres’ main objective is to enable stations to dedicate resources to the creation of original local-interest programming, to the training and retention of their volunteers as well as to a better and healthier management of their organization.

This past year, in addition to offering eligible stations the possibility of filing a joint application, the CRFC more than doubled the amount available per station. As a result, stations will be able to ask for an amount up to $50,000 per individual application or between $110,000 and $250,000 for collaborative applications.  

“I am pleased to see that Radiometres continues to be a tangible support tool contributing to the growth of the community radio sector,” says Roger Ouellette, CRFC’s president. “By offering greater amounts, we want to give stations the means to fulfill their ambitions so that they can carry out projects that will have a lasting impact on their activities and their communities.”

Given the changes made to the program, stations are asked to read the revised guidelines and use the new form to submit their application. All Canadian campus and community stations are eligible for this round of funding.

Stations have until February 27, 2015 to submit their application.

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 the growth of the Canadian radio broadcasting system’s community sector.

 

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Ottawa - The Board of Directors of the Community Radio Fund of Canada is pleased to announce the election of Roger Ouellette as its new President. He is replacing Jean-François Côté, who has completed three consecutive terms, one as president. Mr. Côté was instrumental in raising the profile of the Fund and strengthening the management of the Fund.

Roger Ouellette is a professor of political science at l'Université de Moncton and has extensive skills in the areas of communications, government relations, not-for-profit governance, and community radio. He has been involved with la Société nationale de l'Acadie, la Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne du Canada and la Société acadienne d'analyse politique. He was President of Radio Beauséjour CJSE, l’Association des radios communautaires acadiennes du Nouveau-Brunswick, and l’Alliance des radios communautaires du Canada.

Roger is also a founding director of the CRFC in 2007. He joined the current board in 2010 and is looking forward to serving the Fund and the sector for another term as President of the CRFC.

“From town to town, most radio — whether it is public or commercial — sounds just like the radio you find in big urban centres. It doesn’t reflect regional and local diversity,” says Roger Ouellette, the new President of the CRFC. “The programming of each community radio station is produced and hosted by local staff and volunteers from  different backgrounds, all of whom make their own editorial decisions. We are grassroots organizations reflecting the opinions and interests of local communities.”

Roger Ouellette also stressed the importance of diversifying the funding sources of the CRFC, a task which will be his first priority. Bringing new streams of funding into the organization will help the 178 licenced campus and community radio stations secure resources for operating and equipment costs.

According to the new President, ten years ago the Fund was no more than a dream. Now the Community Radio Fund is actively helping community broadcasting reach its full potential as an independent, diverse, and accessible part of the Canadian media landscape.

INFORMATION
Jean Malavoy, Executive Director
613-321-3513 (ext. 1) / 613-818-3019 (cell)
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