BFI Young Audiences Content Fund

Production and development funding will support the creation of exciting and engaging content, with public service broadcast values, for children and young audiences.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) announced a pilot Contestable Fund in September 2018. You can find details in the government’s policy paper on the Fund.

Up to £57 million has been assigned to the BFI Young Audiences Content Fund (YACF) which will be administered by the BFI.

Up to a further £3 million has been assigned to the Audio Content Fund which will be administered by a not-for-profit organisation set up by Radiocentre and AudioUK.

The three-year pilot for the BFI Young Audiences Content Fund aims to stimulate the creation of distinctive, high-quality content for children and young audiences (up to the age of 18) that entertains, informs and reflects their experiences of growing up across the UK today.

It will support original programming, in both live-action and animation, and across genres including entertainment, education, fiction and drama, arts and culture, factual and religion.

The Fund is intended for for programmes that will be made available to a UK audience on a free-to-access, Ofcom regulated service. Content should be exciting and engaging for the target audience and should have public service broadcast values, which are defined by OFCOM as content that will:

  • Inform our understanding of the world — to inform ourselves and others and to increase our understanding of the world through news, information and analysis of current events and ideas.
  • Stimulate knowledge and learning – to stimulate our interest in and knowledge of arts, science, history and other topics, through content that is accessible and can encourage informal learning.
  • Reflect UK cultural identity – to reflect and strengthen our cultural identity through original programming at UK, national and regional level; on occasion, bringing audiences together for shared experiences.
  • Represent diversity and alternative viewpoints – to make us aware of different cultures and alternative viewpoints, through programmes that reflect the lives of other people and other communities, both within the UK and elsewhere.

We would like to share the BFI Young Audiences Content Fund draft guidelines with you in order to ensure that producers and the wider industry are able to feed in at the development phase. And also, so that producers have an early indication of the projects we are looking for and the application and assessment criteria.

This feedback will be confidential and, although we will not respond to individual comments, the feedback will be used to inform the ongoing development of the guidelines for application for both development and production funding.

Please send any feedback to the BFI Young Audiences Content Fund team at, with the subject line: YACF Guidelines Feedback

Closing date for feedback: 4 March 2019

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