The idea of the College Radio Foundation is that there is a common source of funding available to all college radio stations that need financial support for a variety of reasons. All college radio stations will be eligible for funding, and the Grants Committee (who decide how the funds are distributed) is run as a bi-partisan, apolitical committee.
Specifically, this fund will have the following mission:
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 in North America. As a registered 501(c)(3) public charity, the CRF raises funds through sponsorship of events such as College Radio Day. This money is then put directly back into the hands of college radio stations in the form of bi-annual grants, known as The College Radio Fund Station Grant Program.
The College Radio Fund Station Grant program 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 a 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.
Who decides what stations are awarded money?
Every application submitted for consideration of a Station Grant will be looked at by the Grants Committee, a sub-committee of the College Radio Foundation Board of Trustees, 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 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 is registered to participate in College Radio Day.
How many times may my radio station apply?
Only one (1) application per station, per year, will be accepted.