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Connecting people and telling vital, local stories

The Community Broadcasting Foundation is an independent non-profit funding agency that seeks, secures, distributes and administers funding to support the development, creativity and sustainability of community broadcasting in Australia.

We resource community owned and operated media to connect people and tell vital, local stories so that we have a vibrant Australian culture and a healthy democracy.

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Each year we provide about $17.6 million in funding support to about 230 community broadcasting organisations and over 800 program production groups all around Australia.

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About community broadcasting

Community broadcasting involves participation in non-profit media which is committed to access, diversity, independence, localism, multiculturalism, and social justice.

> Find out more about Australian community broadcasting

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Strategic priorities

Our vision: a voice for every community - sharing our stories.

Our priorities:

  • Advance Community Media
  • Grow Community Media's Resource Base
  • Tell Our Story

> Download the CBF Strategic Plan 2017-2021 (PDF file, 5MB)

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Our grant programs

Our grant programs assist community broadcasting organisations in urban, regional, rural and remote Australia to produce media for and by communities.

The projects we fund range in size and scope: from nation-wide projects that enhance the impact of community broadcasting, to grants for equipment or capacity building on a local level.  Many of the projects we fund support the production of content that is shared with audiences on air or on demand - programs, series and segments that share information in community languages, foster discussions about issues and raise the profile of musicians, artists and story-tellers.

> Find out more about CBF Grants

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Policy & Research

The CBF is actively engaged in funding policy formulation and contributes to debates about issues concerning the development of Australian community radio and television.  The Foundation works closely with sector representative organisations to inform and influence key decision-makers to support the further development of community broadcasting.  We are also committed to supporting research on Australian community broadcasting.

> Find out more about sector research

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Consultation & Independence

The Foundation promotes an open dialogue with stakeholders within the sector and with government but operates at arms-length from both - our independence is essential for fair, equitable and transparent grants processes.

The voluntary involvement of experienced community broadcasters and industry experts is at the heart of how we operate. 

Together, our volunteers read almost a thousand grant applications each year.  Our volunteers contribute their insights and experience so that our grant programs respond and adapt to meet the changing needs of the community broadcasting sector.