Nan Rubin Community Impact Fund

About the Fund 

Established in August 2013, the Nan Rubin Community Impact Fund seeks to ensure fulfillment of the promise of the Local Community Radio Act (LCRA) with the addition of thousands of vibrant, viable and sustainable community radio stations on the air. This revolving fund offers scholarships for station building services and an annual impact award.  The goal for the fund is $50,000.

Join us in celebrating our collective accomplishments and ensuring a future for community radio by donating to the fund today.

The Scholarship Fund

Selected applicants will receive scholarship funds towards technical support.  These funds will be awarded to groups that demonstrate a strong commitment to community engagement, measurable community impact and a plan for sustainability. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. 

The Annual Impact Award

Recipients of the Community Impact Award will be chosen from among the groups working with Prometheus to build their station. Funds from the Community Impact Award will be used to support a portion of a radio station "barnraising" for the recipient.  

About Nan Rubin

Nan was the Board President from January 2003 through August 2013. During her tenure, Prometheus won a 12 year campaign for passage of the Local Community Radio Act, sued the FCC and won the rejection of media consolidation rules, and shaped the policies that govern the implementation of the Local Community Radio Act. In the fall of 2013, Prometheus actively supported 1,000+ groups in applying for Low Power FM community radio station licenses.

Outside of Prometheus, Nan has contributed greatly to the field of community radio.  She built two community radio stations – WAIF in Cincinnati, and KUVO in Denver – and she is a founder of the National Federation of Community Broadcasters and AMARC (Association Mondiale des Radio Diffuseurs Communautaires/World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters). Nan has worked extensively with minority and ethnic media, especially Native media, and has visited community media projects around the world. She also serves informally as technology and strategy adviser to a wide range of media and telecommunications groups, youth media projects, and social justice organizations.  

Nan has been central in helping shape the modern media reform movement through her efforts to expand access to spectrum and communications infrastructure. She organized the influential Highlander Media Justice Gathering; assisted the Ford Foundation on building grassroots activism for media policy; and helped create the expanding Media Justice movement.