The fund is intended for productions that will do one or more of the following:

  • inform our understanding of the world 
  • stimulate knowledge and learning
  • reflect UK cultural identity 
  • represent diversity and alternative viewpoints

Who can apply

Applications must be made by the production company’s executive producer or producer. Public service broadcaster subsidiary production companies and SPVs are eligible to apply.

Applications must have a written commitment from a broadcaster to make the production available on a free-to-access, Ofcom-regulated service with a significant UK-wide audience reach. This letter must indicate programme format and the commissioning price for the programme.

This is a competitive fund that aims to stimulate the plurality of content for young audiences, where the BBC is often the dominant buyer and broadcaster. Therefore we are unlikely to prioritise applications that have the BBC as a financier.

Applications must also be able to demonstrate that a minimum of 50% of the production budget has been secured from a broadcaster and other funding avenues such as tax credit, distribution deals, pre-sales or regional funds.

Please note that advertiser-funded programming and branded content is not eligible for this fund.

Applicants should have explored all additional, appropriate funding opportunities before making an application. You are eligible to apply to the BFI for production funding if you have previously received development funding from the BFI under the Young Audiences Content Fund.

What you need to provide

You will be asked to include links to relevant samples of your previous work along with any other visual materials you think might be relevant and your preliminary production package.

Apply for funding

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

Read the BFI Young Audiences Content Fund guidelines before making an application.

If you wish to see the online application format before applying, please download the application preview.

If you have any questions relating to the fund or application, please email YACF@bfi.org.uk.

We can provide assistance to applicants who have a disability, are D/deaf, have a visual or hearing impairment or are neurodiverse, where this support is needed for someone to make an application. See Access support for BFI Film Fund applicants.