The Community Broadcasting Foundation (CBF) is now currently seeking applications for its Content Grants to increase and diversify the voices heard in Australian media by supporting the creation of compelling content.
This year they are particularly looking to:
- Increase community participation in community media
- Increase the diversity of voices and languages in community media
- Enhance creativity & excellence in community media content production
- Expand partnerships between community media content makers
Content grants include funds specifically dedicated to Specialist Radio Programming. This portion of the content grants funding is available to support ongoing ethnic, Indigenous and RPH programs. For applicants looking to apply for Specialist Radio Programming funds, you must complete a separate grant application specifically requesting this funding.
They support the production of audio, video and related content that is distributed by Australian community media organisations. They invest in the creation of content that:
- improves access and equity, enhancing the diversity of programming choices for audiences
- contributes to a strong democracy by broadening the range of opinions, ideas and perspectives expressed
- is an active expression of diverse stories, arts and cultures
- advances the reputation of community media as a source of creative and compelling content including the content that showcases new ideas and innovative approaches to content creation
- is broadcast either locally or shared with broader audiences via multiple community stations, developing the sector’s national profile.
- demonstrates multi-platform engagement, such as digital and/or analogue radio, digital TV, podcasts, vodcasts, social media, web-series, live events, art forms and online distribution
is guided by the principles of self-representation, i.e. people telling their own stories. These stories feature perspectives and aspects of culture not adequately represented in other media, such as:
- local stories by local content makers valued by local communities
- alternative views and community-focused content
- under-represented producers and/or participants in Australian media including women, young people, culturally and linguistically diverse people, people living in poverty, LGBTIQ+ people, and people with a disability
- projects that acknowledge the unique status of First Nations people as First Australians, and include people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities as the drivers of projects; and adhere to the CBF Indigenous Engagement Protocols.
- Your application will be stronger if you provide a demo. If you can provide a demo of the program, it will help Grant Assessors get a clearer idea of the program you’re expecting to create. If you can at least provide an example of previous work, it can demonstrate your capacity to create quality programming, the style of content you can create or indicate the people who will be involved and what they can achieve.
- For all projects with a First Nations focus, you must engage First Nations people in a meaningful and respectful manner.
For more information, visit CBF.