BAI launches 2018 Community Broadcasting Support Scheme

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland has today announced the launch of its 2018 Community Broadcasting Support Scheme.

A total of €25,000 in funding is being made available to community and community of interest radio and television broadcasters to facilitate the undertaking and completion of projects aimed at advancing the organisational development of their stations. Organisational development initiatives which can be funded through the scheme include:

  • the review and updating of station policies and procedures to help ensure that stations are well governed,
  • the provision of training and development opportunities for station staff and volunteers,
  • the building of strong teams and the development of links with the relevant communities to be served, and
  • the development of partnerships between community and community of interest stations with a view to promoting a culture of sharing best practices.

Commenting on the announcement, Michael O’Keeffe, BAI Chief Executive, said “We are very pleased to announce the opening of the 2018 Community Broadcasting Support Scheme. The Scheme has been in operation for a number of years and we are confident that it will continue to both support the organisational development of stations while also supporting and developing the community and community of interest sector more broadly.”

In a new development for 2018, the BAI will be operating a rolling Scheme whereby applications will be accepted and reviewed as and when submitted. Guidelines for applicants and application forms are available to download here. To assist with the application process, a dedicated support email,, has also been established.


Contact: Joanne Ahern, DHR Communications, Tel: 01-4200580 / 087-9881837.