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Funding for creative businesses

Working in partnership with industry and informed by leading research, Creative Skillset directs collective investment through the Skills Investment Fund to create new and innovative training in priority skills and in-demand roles to ensure growth in the UK’s Creative Industries.

Collective investment in future skills

We invest grants directly into creative businesses so they can boost skills and develop talent in their companies.

Personnel Development Grants

Film distribution, sales and exhibition companies

We are inviting applications directly from distribution, sales and exhibition companies for HR and training grants of up to £12,000 (with a 30% match requirement).

Download the funding programme to find out more about what your company can apply for and how to submit your application:

Company Development Grants

Film production companies | Small to medium-sized VFX houses

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.

Small to medium-sized VFX houses (under 250 staff) can apply for grants of up to £10,000 to train between three to ten staff. Training should meet the needs of the individual staff members as well as the immediate skills needs of the company, enabling it to succeed in meeting its short to medium term business goals.

Download the funding programme to find out more about what your company 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.

Company Co-investment Grants

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

This call for co-investment (previously known as the Challenge Fund) helps 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:

Company Diversity Grants

Please note: due to the extraordinary success of our Diversity Fund, awarding more than £620,000 this year, we are no longer accepting new applications whilst we process applications already received and identify priorities for the remaining investment.

Company diversity grants provide companies with 80% of training costs for employees resident in England and from under-represented groups (up to £1200 per eligible individual or £1600 for disabled individuals).

Other funding

  • Funded training – provides 50% funding for employees and freelancers (through their employer or training provider) working in animation to attend short courses that meet established industry skills priorities.
  • International Fund (Market Mentoring) – investing up to £22,000 in companies to provide market mentoring to support junior sales and distribution executives in their first European or International market.
  • TV Writers Development Programme – provides up to £10,000 per project to independent production companies and broadcasters to develop and support emerging writers and script editors to help grow the diversity of stories and content in UK TV drama.
  • High-end TV Drama Producer Programme – aims to step up senior HoD grades across Scripted, Factual and other broadcast media, into the role of TV Drama Producer.

About the Skills Investment Fund

The Skills Investment Fund is a collective investment in the skills of the Creative Industries for the future.

Working in partnership with industry and informed by leading research, Creative Skillset directs this collective investment to create 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.

Production Company Development Grants are made possible by the BFI as part of its film skills strategy with funds from the National Lottery, and through the Skills Investment Fund. Company Co-investment Grants are made possible by the DCMS.

Creative Skillset’s Film Skills Fund invests in the skills and training of the UK film industry to secure its growth and sustainability. We aim 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 through the Skills Investment Fund, a collective investment in the future of the UK’s Creative Industries.

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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.