Funding for creative businesses

Working in partnership with industry through our Skills Councils and informed by leading research, Creative Skillset directs the Skills Investment Fund to create training in priority skills and for in-demand roles needed by the UK’s Creative Industries.

Collective investment in future skills

We invest grants from the Skills Investment Fund directly into creative businesses so that they can boost skills and develop talent in their companies.

Company Co-investment Grants

This call for co-investment (previously known as the Challenge Fund) helps companies deliver ambitious training which responds to the priority skills needs in animation, film, games, VFX, Children's and high-end TV industries. Download the guidelines below to find out more about what you can apply for and how to submit your application:

  • Download the Company Co-investment Grant (Challenge Fund) guidelines [LINK]

Production Company Development Grants

Feature film production companies which have contributed to the Film Production Levy from 1 April 2014 can apply for grants of up to £8,000 to deliver creative and practical ways to boost skills and develop talent within their companies. Download the guidelines below to find out more about what you can apply for and how to submit your application:

Please note: Individuals cannot apply under this fund. Find out more about support for your own training needs.

About the Film Skills Fund

Production Company Development Grants are made possible by Creative Skillset's Film Skills Fund. The Film Skills Fund is the largest fund in the UK dedicated to supporting film-specific training. It is funded by the BFI as part of its film skills strategy with funds from the National Lottery, and through the Skills Investment Fund which comprises industry and government co-investment.

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Other sources of funding

If your company is not eligible for these funding schemes, please click this link for other sources of funding for creative businesses.


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