The CRFC’s mandate is to provide support to the more than 170 licensed campus and community radio stations in Canada and to foster a well-resourced, dynamic, and accessible sector. It distributes funds under four priority areas.
1. Local Community News and Access
Local reflection in news, public affairs, arts, and culture; community access and outreach programming; and training and production, including:
- Production of local news and community affairs programs.
- Training for community news production staff.
- Support for official language minority and third-language news programming.
2. Community Music and Expression
Programming and projects that highlight and promote local music and emerging artists, including:
- Support to stations for outreach, acquisition, and archiving of local music, particularly in under-represented genres.
- Assistance to record, digitize, and distribute recordings from local artists.
3. Emerging Distribution Technologies
Planning and implementation of systems to support new program delivery technologies, including:
- Training staff and volunteers in the practical use of new communications technology.
- Research of digital distribution techniques appropriate for community radio content.
- Support for station computer technology and connectivity.
4. Sustainability and Capacity-Building
Skills and knowledge central to the ability of community radio stations to effectively serve their local communities, including:
- Assistance to stations in core competency areas like governance, management, programming, volunteer support, community relations, and development.
- Assistance to national community radio associations to provide key support services and resources to local stations.
- Support for stations in communities underserved by other media, including rural areas.