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Funding for diversity

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.

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The Creative Skillset Diversity Fund (England) provides funding for training for employees and freelancers residing in England who are under-represented in the workforce, and can show they have worked in a paid, professional capacity over at least one year in the Creative Industries.

Grants are available to individuals from at least one of the following under-represented groups: women, disabled, or black, Asian and non-white minority ethnic (BAME).

Stonewall Creative Industries LGBT Leadership

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Created in partnership with Stonewall, this powerful 3-day personal and professional development programme explores identity and leadership skills in the workplace. LGBT professionals with management experience can apply by Monday 12 October to be supported with an 80% grant to attend through the Diversity Fund.

Click here to read more about the programme (now closed)

Other funding sources

We also invest grants directly into creative businesses so they can boost skillsand develop talent in their companies. Find out more about our Diversity Fund for businesses.

If the training for which you wish to find funding does not fall within the priorities of this fund, there are other funding organisations that may be able to help. Follow the link below for a list of other organisations that offer funding:

About the Diversity Fund (England)

The Diversity Fund (England) has been made available as a result of collective co-investment and support from a partnership of employers from across the Creative Industries.

Led by Channel 4 and supported by the government through match funding from the Employer Ownership Pilot, the fund can be spent on training – primarily short courses and bespoke training solutions – to enable individuals already working in the creative industries to take the next step in their careers, and progress in their chosen field.