About the fund

The National Cluster Growth Fund provides up to £2 million to support the development of a limited number of world-class screen sectors across the UK. The fund supports development and/or implementation of an Economic Development Plan. These plans use solid evidence of cluster performance to identify opportunities for growth; they detail how clusters can capitalise on opportunities, and the resulting impact on the local sector. Plans are designed to attract investment from other public and private funds to fund their implementation.


Applications are currently closed.

The BFI is currently developing a new 10-year National Lottery funding strategy to follow on from BFI2022, setting out what we want to achieve as a distributor of funding over this period. Any future opportunities for cluster development will be detailed within this strategy. 

Application guidelines

The latest version of the fund guidelines can be viewed for reference.

Future support

We will announce any decisions relating to future funding on our website, through our social channels and the press.

If you have any questions relating to the awards, please email: clusterfund@bfi.org.uk