Funding for creative businesses

About the Skills Investment Fund

The Skills Investment Fund invests in the skills of the Creative Industries for the future.

Working in partnership with industry and informed by leading research, Creative Skillset directs investment into new and innovative training in priority skills and in-demand roles to ensure industry growth. We co-invest in organisations and individuals to support them to develop, deliver or receive training. The Skills Investment Fund supports creative businesses via:

Film Skills Fund

Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund invests in the skills and training of all areas of the UK film industry to secure its growth and sustainability. The aim is to strengthen and build skills and develop roles for the future, ensuring UK film remains world-class. The Film Skills Fund is backed by the British Film Institute (BFI) with the National Lottery. Funds for training professionals are available for creative businesses to apply for directly.

We are encouraging film distribution, sales and exhibition companies to apply for professional development funding to invest in the training and development of their personnel.  

We are also focusing on film production and VFX houses to invest in delivering their own creative and practical training to boost skills and develop talent within their companies.

Company Co-investment Grants

Animation | Children's TV | Film | Games | High-end TV | VFX


Company co-investment grants (previously known as the Challenge Fund) help companies deliver ambitious training in response to the priority skills needs in animation, children's TV, film, games, high-end TV and VFX.

Download the guidelines below to find out more about what you can apply for and how to submit your application:

Are you a TV production company looking for funding, click here to see our support for the TV industry.

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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.