National Cluster Growth Fund

The BFI is supporting the development of screen clusters with international potential across the UK.

The UK screen sectors are a national and international success story, growing faster than the wider economy and creating jobs at a tremendous rate.

But the heavy concentration of the UK screen industries within London and the south-east limits their growth potential. There is the opportunity to change this.

The BFI’s National Cluster Growth Fund uses £2 million of National Lottery funding to help develop a limited number of screen clusters around the UK into hubs of international significance. Awarded through one of two strands, it provides them with funding either to develop or implement an Economic Development Plan. These plans use solid evidence of cluster performance to identify opportunities for growth, setting out how these opportunities may be capitalised upon and the resulting impact on the local sector. They are designed to attract investment from other public and private funds in order to fund their execution.

Any investment provided by the fund must be match-funded on at least a 50:50 basis through a combination of both public and private investment from the local area across the life of the project. The plan must be executed by March 2022.

How to apply

Potential applicants should read our guidelines before progressing with an application:

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

Applicants should complete one of two application forms, depending upon which strand of the fund they are applying to:

These applications forms, along with all supporting evidence requested in the forms, should be submitted to

There is no formal deadline for the National Cluster Growth Fund, but all funded activity must be concluded by March 2022.

Please contact with any queries regarding the fund.

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