Announcing the 2021 College Radio Station Grants

The College Radio Foundation (CRF) celebrates and recognizes all forms of student radio (online, cable, carrier current, FM, and AM) as equals. The CRF’s mission is to support the activities and continuing operations of all college radio stations. As a registered 501(c)(3) public charity, the CRF raises funds through sponsorship of events such as World College Radio Day. This money is then put directly back into the hands of college radio stations in the form of grants, known as The College Radio Fund.


The College Radio Fund provides deserving college radio stations in need of financial assistance with financial grants. These grants can be used by stations to maintain their functionality as college radio stations through equipment purchases and repairs, covering the cost of licensing, or through continuing education at college radio related conferences. A grant can also be used to help a station with their own promotional events and activities.

** This year thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, we are offering the following grants:

$1,500 “Collaboration Grant” Presented by Comrex and Broadcasters General Store
$1,000 Grant presented by Spinitron
$1,000 Grant presented by VERO
$1,000 Grant presented by Hindenburg Systems

The “Collaboration Grant” is for stations that either worked with another college radio station for College Radio Day / World College Radio Day, or worked with another on-campus organization for the event. In the case of two stations working with each other, the $1,500 will be split in half, so each station receives $750 each. If the station worked with another on-campus organization (not another college radio station), the radio station will receive the full $1,500.

Station Grant Award Procedure

Every application submitted for consideration for a station grant will be looked at by the Grants Committee without the station being identified during the process. Only the Executive Director of the College Radio Foundation will know the identity of each applicant during consideration, and it will not be revealed to the members of the Committee until after the final decisions have been made. The Executive Director does not participate in the deliberation process and does not cast a vote in the selection of the recipients. This blind-voting method ensures that, regardless of university or other student media organizational affiliation, the recipients are selected entirely on the basis of their need and/or merit. The only other criteria for consideration is that your station participated in College Radio Day / World College Radio Day 2021.

Only one (1) application per station, per semester, will be accepted.

The committee will determine whether you are awarded a grant. Recipients will be announced on February 1st, 2022. Application deadline is December 20th, 2021.