Patron of Near

Has your organisation ever been interviewed on Near FM, ever been filmed by Near TV? Have you promoted your community organisation, band, book, play, or made a request for a song? Ever used our studios, or downloaded one of our podcasts?

Do you value the work we do as a community media organisation that is democratic and not for profit? If the answer is yes, we want to ask for your support now.

Patron of Near is a way for you to support the work of Near Media Co-op. Community media in Ireland, unlike RTE with the licence fee, is not in receipt of core state funding.

As an organisation Near Media Co-op relies on applying to a variety of competitive funding sources. We are keen to establish secure funding so we have a strong independent platform for community groups and local people to voice important societal issues that concern us all.

And so, we’d like to introducePatron of Near, which we think gives supporters the chance to actively support the community media work we love doing.

What we are asking from you?

We are asking you to commit to a monthly donation on a continuous basis. Or to make a commitment to a yearly payment, depending on the revenue of your organisation.

Small and medium organisations: €150 per year or €12.50 per month, (annual income €0 – €250,000).

Larger organisations: €300 per year or €25 per month, (annual income €250,000 +).

Organisational fees are based on the annual income of your organisation.

How do I join? Joining is easy and there are a number of ways to sign up.


Click below to set up an online payment via Paypal.

Standing Order:

Please enter details below and we’ll be in touch with details of how to set up a standing order with your bank.

What next?

Once you have committed to Patron of Near,contact Near Media Co-op by calling in to the office in Northside Civic Centre. You can email or ring our reception at 01. 8671190 so we are aware you want to support us by becoming a Patron.

Advantages of being a Patron of Near:

  • Preferential rates for media skills training courses
  • Preferential rates for radio promos
  • Promotion interview leading up to event, activities you want to promote
  • Social media promotion of activities you want to promote
  • Preferential rates for an outside broadcast from an event that will be fitting with Near’s ethos
  • Your name included in our list of supporters on the Near Media website.
  • An invitation to Near Media events (Launches, Outside Broadcasts, Party).
  • A tour inside the studios
  • Behind-the-scenes backstage experience

What else will I see for my money?

The money raised from Patron of Near will go towards the upkeep be used to support the upkeep and development of Near Media Co – op allow us to be creative and innovative and to keep independent voices from our community on air. We pride ourselves on using the latest Radio, TV and IT technology, but it’s expensive to keep.

You will support democratic, not for profit and independent media.

Thanks so much for your support, we really appreciate it.

If you have any questions regarding Patron of Near please contact Dorothee Meyer-Holtkamp,

Near Media Co-op Mission Statement

  • To foster social justice, media literacy and promote civil society ownership of media.
  • To be a democratic, independent, not-for-profit community building resource.
  • To provide an alternative to mainstream media by offering an outlet for those underrepresented or excluded through training and access to distribution facilities.
  • Through distinctive programming to contribute to the education, entertainment and development of our community.
  • To defend the environment and human rights, particularly the right to communicate.

Terms and Conditions

  • All personal information will be kept confidential (as per data protection law). Donors names may be published or kept anonymous as they wish.
  • Payment will be accepted by way of standing order or PayPal to a Near Media Co-op account, collected on a monthly or yearly basis.
  • The donation can be cancelled at any time by the donor or by Near Media Co-op.
  • Near Media Co-op is not obliged to take donations and does not have to give reasons why donations are not accepted from organisations or individuals.
  • No cash payments will be accepted.
  • No request for the return of a monthly donation will be accepted.
  • Being a Patron of Near does not entitle someone to become a Near volunteer or a Near Media Co-op shareholding member.
  • All funds will be used to support the upkeep and development of Near Media Co – op.
  • The amount collected will be available in the annual audited accounts of Near Media Co – op.
  • Near Media Coop retains the right to make changes to these policies.

Note: Near Media Co – op is a trading name for Dublin North East Community Communications Co Operative Society limited.  It is a community owned not-for-profit cooperative, registered with the Registrar of Friendly Societies.

Near FM and Near TV productions produce and broadcast programmes about specialist music, arts, culture, history, heritage, local current affairs, sports, and minority issues and lots more.

Near FM holds a broadcast licence with the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI)