BFI National Lottery Skills Clusters Fund

Work with local industry, education and training providers to help people develop their careers in the screen sector.

BFI National Lottery Skills Clusters will work with local industry, education and training providers, and other screen organisations across the UK, to coordinate skills and training in their area. Skills Clusters will help identify skills gaps and develop clearer pathways to employment for anyone in their area. The focus of this work will be to build local skills bases, leading to more people across the UK, especially those from underrepresented backgrounds, working in the screen industry.

BFI National Lottery Skills Clusters will be spread across the UK and encouraged to work together, and with key stakeholders, to share knowledge, best practice and ensure a pipeline of skills into production. The BFI will play a coordinating role, enabling knowledge-sharing between Clusters and ensuring consistency in delivery.

The BFI’s National Lottery Funding Plan 2023-2026 allocates £9m of National Lottery funding over three years to Skills Clusters. Successful applicants will be able to demonstrate existing relationships with local production bases, leadership authority in the area they are applying to represent, and partnership support including match funding.

Seven BFI Skills Clusters across the UK have been awarded a total of £9 million.

Organisations currently funded 2023 to 2026:

  • Screen Yorkshire (North of England): £2.3 million
  • Film London (London, Hertfordshire, Surrey, and Buckinghamshire): £2.2 million
  • Screen Scotland (Scotland): £1.1 million
  • Create Central (West Midlands): £1 million
  • Northern Ireland Screen (Northern Ireland): £0.9 million
  • Resource Productions (Berkshire): £0.6. million

You can read the press release to find out more about these Clusters.

Organisations currently funded 2024 to 2026:

  • Sgil Cymru Cyf (Wales): £0.9 million

You can read the press release to find out more about our Cluster in Wales.

We expect to open further rounds of funding at the end of the current Funding Plan for both new and established Clusters to achieve accessibility across the UK.

When you can apply

Applications are now closed.

About BFI National Lottery funding

Since the very first National Lottery draw in 1994, public support – raised directly through National Lottery ticket sales – has funded more than 670,000 projects, raising more than £46 billion for good causes.

As a recipient, it is important to publicly acknowledge the source of this funding throughout the lifespan of the project. Effectively communicating it is supported by BFI National Lottery funding ensures those engaging with the work recognise the value and benefit of this unique Good Cause funding.

Therefore, if your application is successful, you will be responsible for prominently crediting BFI National Lottery funding and thanking National Lottery players.

As such, you are encouraged to ensure that elements of your project/s which have the potential to engage a broad public audience are capitalised in order to communicate this message.