Community radio stations are small-scale, not-for-profit stations operated for the good of members of the public, or of particular communities, and in order to deliver social gain.
Eight community radio stations were chosen for their commitment to the communities they serve. They were assessed in a number of areas, including; promoting training and social enterprise for excluded and vulnerable people, encouraging healthy lifestyles, and strengthening cultural and linguistic identity.
Minister for Housing, Regeneration and Heritage, Huw Lewis said,
"I am pleased we are able to provide support to these radio stations which play a vital role in reflecting the issues affecting people living in their communities. They also provide opportunities for residents to gain new skills and in some cases employment. Many are doing good work in promoting healthy lifestyles, the Welsh language and social enterprise. I would also like to add my personal congratulations to all those who do such a sterling job in ensuring these stations continue to thrive and entertain.”
The eight radio stations that were awarded grants are:
- GTFM in Pontypridd will receive £16,000
- BRFM in Blaenau Gwent will receive £16,500
- Tudno FM in Llandudno will receive £13,400
- Point FM in Rhyl will receive£10,000
- Calon FM in Wrexham will receive £18,000
- Radio Cardiff will receive £5,500
- Tircoed will receive £5,500
- Bro Radio in the Vale of Glamorgan will receive £15,000.