The funding of community stations come from a number of sources.

Ofcom will usually allow stations to include a certain amount of advertising and sponsorship in their broadcasts and in most cases this is 50% of running costs can be derived from commercial spot advertising and sponsorship of programmes and features.

Each station can carry advertising and sponsorship, although there are rules on how much income they can take from these sources. Income above £15,000 per annum from advertising and sponsorship must be balanced with additional income from other sources.

A small number of community stations – where they overlap with small commercial services whose studios are not co-located with other stations – are restricted to a maximum of £15,000 from advertising and sponsorship.

The Community Radio Order sets a limit on sources of income.

In March 2015, the Community Radio (Amendment) Order 2015 changed the funding rules for community radio services.

In summary: each station is allowed a ‘fixed revenue allowance’ of £15,000 per financial year from paid for on-air advertising and sponsorship; some stations may also allowed up to 50% of their total relevant income per financial year (i.e. disregarding the ‘fixed revenue allowance’) from paid-for on-air advertising and sponsorship, if certain qualifications apply.

Advertising may be broadcast in return for payment or other valuable consideration; both will count towards the limits set out above.

The restrictions on income from advertising and sponsorship refer to the sponsorship of programmes included in the service, sponsorship of the station and to income from commercial communications in programming.

Income from the sponsorship of anything that is not broadcast is excluded from these limits (for example, sponsorship of a station event, website or training scheme).

Income from advertising that is not broadcast (such as on a station website) is also excluded from the legislative restrictions.


As part of its funding, Celtic Music Radio hosts 'house concerts' at its studio base at 54 Admiral Street, Kinning Park, Glasgow.  These popular fundraising events are held monthly as part of the revenue mix for this station which serves a 'community of interest' in music from Celtic lands, singers and songwriters. Celtic Music Radio broadcasts across Glasgow on 95FM.

However, at least half of income must come from other areas and sources. This could include public funding from local or central government, other government agencies, the European Union, the National Lottery or charities, training and employment grant schemes, personal giving, donations and other fund raising activities.

If you are keen to support the Scottish Community Broadcasting Network - SCBN - and licensed community radio stations in Scotland, then find out how you can make a difference, either as a personal or company donation, through a grant or by any other means, the SCBN would be delighted to hear from you.

See the Contact page  to get in touch with the chairman or secretary of the Scottish Community Broadcasting Network who will be delighted to discuss sponsorship and fundraising opportunities for the Network of Community stations around Scotland.