Good Work Programme for Screen

The programme aims to create a ‘one stop shop’ where businesses and individuals can access key resources, advice, support, and training to strengthen management and HR practices, build more inclusive workplaces, and aid workforce productivity.


Applications are now closed – the deadline for applications was 3 April 2024.

The screen sector is dependent upon the talent it develops, retains and progresses. Much research – including the PEC’s Good Work Review, the Film and TV Charity’s Looking Glass Report, as well as the BFI’s own 2022 Skills Review, point to the multiple issues and failings by the sector to consistently meet the principles of good work practices.

Failing to operate within Good Work principles means we are also closing our doors to vital talent, preventing us from meeting ambitions to secure a workforce that is both representative of the UK’s population as well as one that is suitably skilled.

The BFI recognises the role it must play in responding to the recommendations set out in the PEC’s Good Work Review and has allocated £1,500,000 of National Lottery funds to a Good Work Programme for Screen.

The programme will provide resources, advice, training and support to SMEs – including leaders, managers and heads of departments (HoDs) – to strengthen their management practices and build more inclusive and productive workplaces.

This directly supports the BFI’s vision to transform access to our programmes, screen culture and jobs across the whole of the UK, and more specifically the recommendation within our 2022 Skills Review to see a more formalised approach to hiring, workplace management and professional development.

We believe one way to help the sector get closer to meeting this ambition is to ensure it has current knowledge, skills, and access to support to adopt and implement good and fair work practices.

Who can apply

We intend to deliver our Good Work Programme for Screen by making a single award to a lead organisation that has a track record and significant expertise in HR and UK employment law, and is prepared to work with a range of other specialist organisations to ensure each programme strand (as set out in the guidelines) can be supported and delivered to a breadth of businesses and individuals working across the screen sector.

Although not essential, prior engagement with and experience of the screen sector is welcome. 

We can provide assistance to applicants who have access requirements and need some support in order to make an application. See Access support for BFI funding applicants

When you can apply

Applications are now closed – the deadline for applications was 3 April 2024.

Please contact us at is you have any further queries.

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 that 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 on, in order to communicate this message. More details will be supplied once an award has been made.