Please note: Applications for Strand 2 of the fund, which supported implementation of plans, have now closed. Applications for Strand 1 (developing an economic development plan) remain open until 31 January 2022. Fund guidelines are available below and have been amended to reflect this.

Who can apply

Applications should be made by working consortia from distinct areas of the UK outside Greater London, or be applying on behalf of a project whose benefits will accrue outside the Greater London region.

Each consortium should nominate a lead applicant to co-ordinate their application.

The lead applicant must be a not-for-profit organisation such as a registered company (limited by guarantee), charity, university, local authority or similar.

Individuals, unincorporated associations and companies that provide profits for directors, members or shareholders are not eligible to act as the lead applicant.

Consortia may comprise a combination of public, private and third sector organisations with an interest in the screen industries or creative media sector.

These should include a range of local stakeholders including but not limited to:

  • at least two partners with significant experience of either the screen and media industries or delivering major cultural programmes
  • local government stakeholders that may include local enterprise partnerships, combined or local authorities, city councils or city regional deal representatives
  • universities, colleges and local training providers

To be eligible, a consortium must demonstrate widespread buy-in from such organisations, including through a commitment to match cash funding. This must be on at least a 50:50 basis with the funding requested from the BFI across the life of the project. In-kind support is also welcomed but will not count towards the calculation of such match amount, though this will be acknowledged as contributing to the strength of potential partnerships.

Those who meet the eligibility criteria and are interested in applying should contact the BFI to discuss timelines for submitting the application and the execution of any potential project.

What you need to deliver

Awards will be made through one of two strands. Funding recipients will be required to produce different deliverables depending upon which strand they apply to.

Strand 1: Producing an Economic Development Plan

Key deliverables

A detailed economic development plan identifying opportunities to build the local screen sector and how this will be achieved.

Strand 2: Implementing an Economic Development Plan

Key deliverables

This strand of the fund has now closed for applications.

Apply for funding

Applicants should also contact the BFI at to register their interest and discuss their eligibility before progressing with any application.

Read the BFI National Cluster Growth Fund guidelines before making an application.

If you wish to see the detail requested in the application form before applying, please download the example application form.

If this is your first application, please create an account.

Applications to strand 1 of the fund must be submitted by 31 January 2022 with plans delivered by 31 March 2023.