ScreenSkills offers bursaries  of up to £1,000 to those working in feature film, high-end TV and television. High-end TV refers to big-budget television content and major drama productions (e.g. Sherlock, The Crown) who are benefiting from the UK tax credit, as opposed to lower budget TV that do not access the tax credit such as continuing dramas (EastEnders), scripted reality television (TOWIE) or other television formats (Crystal Maze). The sums available depend on what you do and in which part of the industry you work and include help for individuals to attend courses in priority skills areas and those listed on Skills Passport.

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ScreenSkills is currently offering three bursaries: Craft, technical and production bursaries for feature film freelancers, high-end TV bursaries (including specific funding for colourists) for freelancers, and television diversity bursaries.

Bursaries for film freelancers

Supported by the Film Skills Fund, this bursary offers grants of up to £800 for professional film freelancers currently working in eligible craft, technical and production departments in the UK film industry to undertake training in the priority skills areas of: art department, camera, construction, costume, electrical, hair and make-up, post, production department, health and safety.

In order to apply, you must be able to demonstrate that you are working as a freelancer in the UK film industry, have at least two professional credits (above trainee or daily level), a history of work in feature-length distributed film and have been accepted on a training cost covering one of the above key skills areas.

High-end TV bursaries

Supported by the High-end TV Skills Fund, this bursary offers grants of up to £1,000 for professional high-end TV freelancers to undertake training in the priority skills areas of: accounts, ADs and locations, art and construction, camera, costume, hair and make-up, lighting and electrical, post and VFX, production, props, SFX, sound, rigging and grips.

In order to apply, you must be able to demonstrate professional working experience in the UK screen industry (above trainee or daily level), have been accepted on the training course you wish to attend and be able to demonstrate how this training will benefit your career in high-end TV.

Television diversity bursaries (for non-scripted TV only)

Supported by the Television Skills Fund, this bursary offers grants of up to £1,000 towards the cost of TV skills training for anyone who is a member of the following under-represented groups in the non-scripted TV industry: women (depending on job role) and other gender minorities, people with a disability, people from a lower socio-economic background and people from BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) background. In order to apply, you must fit into one or more of these categories.

This bursary is open to new entrants, those already working in the industry looking to move into a more senior role or change genre within non-scripted TV, those who are re-entering the industry or those who are entering with transferable skills from another industry. 

How much can I apply for?

You can apply for up to 80% of the combined fees, travel costs, accommodation costs and childcare costs of your training, up to a maximum of £1,000 for high-end TV bursaries and £800 for film bursaries (inclusive of VAT). For high-end TV and film bursaries, ScreenSkills can only pay travel and accommodation costs in addition to course fees, not in isolation, and only if your training is more than 50 miles away from your home address. TV diversity bursaries are able to pay only travel, accommodation and carer costs, as long as you can provide evidence that you have been accepted and booked onto your course. If your application is successful funding is paid into your personal bank account:

  • 50 per cent on receiving your signed offer acceptance letter
  • 50 per cent on receiving of your proof of expenditure and training completion

How to apply

This is a rolling bursary scheme open until 31 March 2019. The programme will close when all funds have been allocated. Before you apply, you will need:

  • the name, date, course outline and address of your chosen training course and course provider
  • confirmation of your acceptance on the course (eg a company headed letter or email from the training provider
  • a breakdown of costs of training and any additional travel, accommodation and childcare costs
  • your CV and credits list

If you are still unsure about your eligibility please click the following links to download the 2018 High-end TV Bursary Guidelines (PDF),  2018 Film Bursary Guidelines (PDF) and TV Diversity Bursary Guidelines (PDF) for a full list of priority skills areas being funded now. It can take up to four weeks for ScreenSkills to reach a decision on your bursary. If you have any questions or issues with your application please contact us at bursaries@screenskills.com.