CSP funded community radio station awarded 10-year broadcasting license
Community radio station Liffey Sound FM has been awarded a 10-year broadcasting license by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI). The not-for-profit station, which broadcasts in the Lucan area of County Dublin and its environs, was one of four radio stations to receive ten year licenses in December 2016.
A vital element in the station’s growth and development has been the involvement of roughly 60 volunteers. Now, thanks to funding from the Community Services Programme the station can support two full-time paid staff, a station manager and a technical support officer.
The Community Services Programme (CSP) gives grants to community businesses that deliver services and create employment for people from disadvantaged groups. Funded by the Department of Social Protection and managed by Pobal, it supports roughly 400 community not-for-profit companies and co-operatives, including around 12 community radio station throughout the country. Pobal’s role in the programme includes administering the payroll funding, reviewing business plans, making funding recommendations and providing development supports.
Mairéad Cullen, station manager said: “The CSP funding has enabled Liffey Sound FM to employ two full-time staff roles for the first time. Thanks to this grant we plan to increase our broadcasting by an additional 10 hours, conduct more outside broadcasts within our community and train community organisations in radio production"
Securing a three year CSP contract, coupled with a grant to upgrade equipment from South Dublin County Council, means that Liffey Sound FM is now in a position to extend its broadcasting hours. They also hope to incorporate more minority voices, including those from new communities and migrants into their programming content.