FAQ – For stations

Can I submit a funding application to the CRFC?

Only not-for-profit Canadian stations with a valid campus or community broadcasting license issued by the CRTC (as per CRTC public notice 2010-499) may submit a funding application to the CRFC.

I don’t know what project to submit. Where should I start?

First off, we suggest you read the specific program guidelines in order to familiarize yourself with the program in question. You can also review the list of previously funded projects for inspiration. Most importantly, you should take a look at your station’s needs and find a way to align them with the aims of the program. The CRFC team is there to help you shape and clarify your ideas. Do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your project idea and your funding application

How should I submit my funding application?

Your application must be submitted through our online platform (https://mycrfc-monfcrc.fluidreview.com). The first step is to create an account if you don’t have one already. Take a look at our user guide for more detail.

How can I become a CRFC member?

Simply fill out this form The CRFC will then issue an invoice in the amount of $20. Once this amount is paid by cheque, you will be a full member of the CRFC. As a member, you will have the right to submit board nominations, vote during the elections and participate in our annual general meeting in early November. The CRFC will also communicate with you occasionally, for example to announce a new round of funding. What’s more, you will demonstrate your support to the only organization mandated to financially support the campus and community radio sector in Canada.

I am not a member of the CRFC. Can I still submit a funding application?

Yes. All Canadian not-for-profit radio stations with a valid campus or community broadcasting license issued by the CRTC may submit an application, whether or not they are a member of the CRFC.

How long does it take to complete a funding application?

It depends on the funding program and the complexity of the application form. For the Radiometres program, you can expect to put around 20 hours of work into your application. The form contains around 20 questions that allow the CRFC to understand the value of your project as well as your ability to complete it. We expect a clear and detailed explanation of your project so that we may gain a good understanding of what you intend to do, and why.

I just submitted my funding application to the CRFC. When should I expect an answer?

We aim to issue a written notice of the funding decision in the four (4) months following the deadline for applications.

Why does the CRFC use an outcome-based approach to awarding funds and evaluating projects?

The outcomes-based approach focuses on specific measurable outcomes. The establishment of services or programming by recipients will not alone define the success of the project. Rather, all program recipients will be required to provide specific metrics on which their projects will be evaluated, including the changes the station and its community can expect to see thanks to the initiative funded, and the desired state of affairs at the end of the project. This method is flexible enough to provide funding for a variety of activities undertaken by stations. Our approach represents the best possible balance between the needs of the sectors and CRFC objectives. This outcome-based approach can also meet the demands of all our funders. It allows us to:

  • Adapt to the demands of our funders and other external stakeholders;
  • Measure short-term change in the sector, be they successes or challenges;
  • Adapt to the needs of the sector; and
  • Measure the impact of funding over time.

How are projects evaluated?

Each funding application is judged on merit according to the funding envelope available. Applications are evaluated objectively used a weighted evaluation grid that takes into account the specific selection criteria of each program.

The selection of projects is the result of a competitive process. Simply submitting a funding application does not guarantee that the proposed project will receive funding.

Who selects projects to be funded?

An independent selection committee composed of three (3) members who are not member of a board of directors, employee, officer or active volunteer of a potential recipient or a member of the Board or employee of the CRFC makes the funding decisions. These decisions are then approved by the Program Committee of the CRFC and ratified by the Board of Directors.

What is the approval rate of projects submitted to the CRFC?

Over 60% of project submitted to the CRFC have received funding.

I don’t agree with the funding decision. What can I do?

The CRFC has an appeal policy. If you believe you have been wronged in any way, please read the document and follow the procedure indicated to appeal a decision.

What can a recipient expect after the approval of a project?

The CRFC will enter into a funding agreement with successful applicants that outlines the terms, responsibilities, approved activities and expenses, and reporting mechanisms of both parties. The agreement will also outline the expected results of the funding contribution along with measurable performance targets for the project. The project will be monitored to ensure that funds are spent in accordance with the agreement. The project will also be assessed to ensure that it effectively achieved the planned objectives. In addition, all recipients are required to submit at least one report on the project.

What should I do if my project is not going according to plan or if I want to make changes to my project?

During the funding period, recipients should immediately contact the CRFC in the event of any changes to the project, as described in the funding agreement (content, staff, budget, schedule, etc.). If the changes are approved by the CRFC, we will prepare a formal amendment to your contribution agreement.

The CRFC will be able to offer support and provide guidance to recipients throughout their project. Do not hesitate to contact us – our role is to ensure the successful completion of your project!

Where can your logo be found?

All recipients must publicly recognize the support offered by the CRFC. One way to do this is to make our logo visible on your website and on materials produced as a result of the funding, if applicable.

To download our logo:

To browse the directive on public recognition, click here.