Radiometres is the cornerstone of the funding currently distributed by the CRFC and has been running since 2012. A new round of programming is launched each year in January.
The program is currently closed. Next call for proposals planned in January 2019.
Radiometres is characterized by an outcome-based approach. It is designed to offer the funding that the stations need by being flexible enough to find a wide range of activities, but also maintains a focus on measuring success and progress for each project funded.
These outcomes were chosen to reflect the aims of CRFC funding as well as the desired impact of funding awarded on the campus and community radio sector and the broader canadian broadcasting system.
By targeting these outcomes over the long-term, the CRFC hopes to foster the development and sustanability of campus and community radios, and volunteer participation. We are on the right track! To date, Radiometres has had a significant impact on the sector by allowing 124 stations to :
Since the year 2014-2015, the CRFC allocates a funding envelope to the three largest campus and community radio associations in Canada : the Alliance des radios communautaires du Canada (ARC du Canada), the Association des radiodiffuseurs communautaires du Québec (ARCQ), and the National Campus and Community Radio Association (NCRA). Collectively, these three associations represent the majority of the 180 campus and community stations that possess a valid campus or community broadcasting licence issued by the CRTC.
The CRFC provides support to the three associations so that they may provide specific services to their members. The funds are to be used to reinforce the capabilities of the sectors by helping stations coordinate their activities, train volunteers et employees, and create new musical and spoken word content. This funding allocation has allowed a majority of stations to receive professional coaching and supervision.
Campus and community radio stations depend on the participation of community members. In order to highlight this crucial role and to underscore the importance of youth involvement in community broadcasting, the CRFC launched the pilor program Youth on Air! in 2015. This program is no longer offered.
Youth on Air! allowed stations to offer youths between 16 and 30 years of age a unique experience within the community radio sector through educational grants. This program was geared towards stations seeking to work with young Canadians in seach of mentorship, education, and/or training within a community-oriented radio station. The aim of the program was to develop radio talent, and, at the same time, reinforce station capacities and productivity.
Under this program, the CRFC supported 44 programs across two rounds of funding. A total amount of $419,303 was invested with the aim to promote the presence of youths in the sector.
The aim of the Radio Talent Development Program was to develop innovative local interest programming. The components of this program were: (a) producing local-interest content in the area of spoken word, and (b) providing training, mentoring, and/or education to those producing this content.
As for the Youth Internship Program, the goal wass to increase station capacity and outreach through recruitment, hiring, and training of young talented radio programmers while contributing new and innovative programming to stations. The components of this program were : (a) the mentorship, education, and/or training of a youth intern(s), and (b) music or spoken word programming produced by the intern(s).
From 2009 to 2014, the CRFC financially supported 127 projects under these programs, amounting to a total investments of $956,418. These two programs are closed and not longer offered by the CRFC.