Campus and community radio plays a huge, if often under-acknowledged, role in the Canadian media landscape. These stations are charged with providing direct access to the airwaves and serving the needs of Canadians as engaged listeners, creators, and local citizens.
Collectively, these engines of local economic development employ more than 800 people, provide hands-on training and skills development for approximately 10,000 volunteers of all ages, backgrounds, and experiences, and each year broadcast nearly one million hours of programming that is local, participatory, and as diverse as the communities they serve.
The Community Radio Fund of Canada/Fonds canadien de la radio communautaire (CRFC) was founded to help grow and sustain the campus and community radio sector.
It was founded in November 2007 as the result of a three-year partnership among Canada's largest community radio associations: the National Campus and Community Radio Association (NCRA/ANREC), the Alliance des radios communautaires du Canada (ARC du Canada) and the Association des radiodiffuseurs communautaires du Québec (ARCQ). While established by these associations, the fund is a distinct and independent organization with its own membership, board of directors, and decision-making processes.
Since we opened our doors in 2008, the CRFC has:
- Distributed more than $5 Million to 113 campus and community radio stations in twelve provinces and territories;
- Funded 127 different projects under our Radio Talent Development Program and Youth Internship Program; and
- Launched Radiometres: Measuring the development, participation and sustainability of campus and community radio stations, and awarded $4,244,503 under this outcomes-based approach to fund 187 projects for campus and community radio stations
The CRFC’s ultimate goal is to see that everyone in Canada can participate in and listen to well-resourced, local, community-owned radio stations and directly contribute to their local culture and economic development.