Funding for creative businesses

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 productions, organisations and individuals to support them to develop, deliver or receive training.

We support 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 supported by the British Film Institute (BFI) with funds from the National Lottery. 

When funds are available we have encouraged film distribution, sales and exhibition companies to apply for professional development funding to invest in the training and development of their personnel.  

We also focus 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. 

Visit our Film pages for more information.

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High End TV Levy Fund

The TV drama industry, represented by the TV Coalition, funds a High End TV Levy Fund to create a sustainable funding legacy, used to directly support the skills of the next generation of High End TV talent.

The funds are spent in several key areas, which are agreed with the High End TV Levy sub-committee annually, ratified by the wider High End TV Council and reviewed throughout the year.

Visit our High End TV pages for more information. 

TV Skills Fund

The Creative Skillset TV Skills Fund is the result of an agreement between UK broadcasters to invest in training for the freelance television workforce. The contributors are: BBCChannel 4 and Five.

It funds training organisations to deliver courses and development activities that will benefit the television industry across the UK and respond to the needs of the industry in addressing skills gaps and shortages.

Visit our TV Skills pages for more information.

Children's TV Levy Fund

TV industry funds the Children’s TV Skills Levy Fund to create a sustainable funding legacy, used to directly support the next generation of live-action children’s TV skills development

In establishing and managing the skills levy, Creative Skillset works closely with the Children’s TV Skills Council to help identify key training needs and set priorities.

Visit our Children's TV Levy Fund pages for more information.

Please click this link for other sources of funding for creative businesses.


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