The Ministry of Culture supports local community radio stations through a grant, enabling them to carry out their mission of local social communication with the territories.

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What is the local radio expression support fund?

Created in 1982, the Support Fund for Local Radio Expression (FSER) aims to enable local associative radio stations (which represent nearly 700 structures in France) to ensure their outreach social communications mission to the territories, by means of legal aid. The mission of social communication of proximity is understood as fostering exchanges between social and cultural groups, the expression of different socio-cultural currents, support for local development, the protection of the environment or the fight against exclusion.

The different types of grants

Community radio stations are eligible for four types of subsidy under the FSER:

  • Three of them are automatic:
    • the installation subsidy
    • equipment subsidy (initial or supplementary, 1er or 2e remittance)
    • the operating subsidy
  • The fourth is selective:
    • selective subsidy for radio action

What the law says

The Support Fund for Local Radio Expression is responsible for managing the public support for local associative radio stations provided for by the Decree no. 2006-1067 of 25 August 2006 (consolidated version as of October 25, 2014) amended for the application of Article 80 of Law No. 86-1067 of 30 September 1986 on freedom of communication.

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Examples of projects previously supported

Every year, around 700 community radio stations benefit from FSER aid (720 in 2021), which represents an average of 40% of their resources. Local community radio stations, whose contribution to the pluralism of the radio landscape is essential, guarantee a wide and diversified radio offering throughout France. Throughout France, both in France and overseas, and in particular in the city’s political districts and in rural areas, these local media contribute, thanks to their dense territorial network and strong roots, the vitality of the territories and the strengthening of social ties.

They contribute to information, social ties, entertainment and the dissemination of culture within the territories. Moreover, they are involved in the economic, cultural and associative life of the regions to promote many initiatives. Finally, using journalists, animators and technicians, they contribute to the dynamism of the economic fabric.

A question?

For questions about the Support Fund for Local Radio Expression, please contact:

Media and Cultural Industries Branch (CMIB)
Private Media Office
Local Radio Expression Support Fund (DSCF) 
01 40 15 73 57

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