Deadline Mar 31 , 2020

High-end TV bursaries for freelancers: apply for up to £1,000 towards training costs

  • Owner: ScreenSkills
  • Location: UK
  • Age: 18+

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High-end TV bursaries are currently supporting training in

  • Accounts
  • Assistant directors (ADs) and locations
  • Art and construction
  • Camera
  • Costume
  • Hair and make-Up
  • Lighting and electrical
  • Locations
  • Post and VFX
  • Production
  • Props
  • SFX
  • Sound
  • Rigging and grips

You can apply for a high-end TV bursary if:

  • You can demonstrate proven professional experience of working regularly in the UK screen industries. Dailies work is acceptable as long as it is on broadcast material and you have more than three credits. Trainee experience does not count. Work undertaken at film school or in education is also not considered suitable experience;
  • You have been accepted on the training course(s) you want to attend;
  • You are able to demonstrate how the training you are applying for will benefit your career to progress within the HETV industry;
  • The course you want to attend falls under the priority departments, and skills, identified above, starts no earlier than one working day after the date your application is received by ScreenSkills, is delivered by a recognised training provider and starts before 31 March 2019.

You cannot apply if you:

  • Are in full-time education
  • Are employed on a permanent contract
  • Do not have a permanent UK address
  • Are applying on behalf of an organisation

The deadline for applications is 31 March 2020. However, these funds are in high demand and will close when all of the funds have been allocated, which may be before this date.

You may only apply for up to £1,000 of funding per financial year but you can apply for more than one course. The training course must start at least one day after your application is made – we cannot accept applications for training which has already begun.

How to apply

Before you apply, please read the complete application guidelines (PDF). Applications for funding are currently made using the GrantsRequest system. The ‘Apply’ button on this page will take you to a GrantsRequest portal. If you have already used GrantsRequest, you can log in here – if not, please click the ‘New applicant’ link and create a GrantsRequest ID. You can then use this to apply for your bursary. This will also allow you to save your application and return to work on it later. 

The first page of the application is an eligibility test. Should you be successful you will be directed to the online form. This takes you through the application step by step and should not take more than 30 minutes to complete. Before you start filling in the form, make sure you have the following information available:

  • The name of your chosen training course(s)
  • The name and address of the training provider
  • The cost of the training and any additional travel, accommodation and childcare costs
  • The dates of your training
  • Your CV ready to upload
  • Copy of your acceptance on the course and confirmation of the course costs ready to upload (either a company headed letter or email from the training provider)
  • Direct link to or copy of the course outline ready to upload

Once you have completed the application form and attached your supporting documents you must press the submit icon on your screen. Until you do this, your application has not been submitted to ScreenSkills to be assessed.

You will automatically be sent a receipt of application email with a tracking number. If you do not receive this, please check your junk mailbox and if it is not there contact us immediately.


Applications will be individually assessed by ScreenSkills' bursaries team. If your application is successful you will receive an offer email and letter outlining the offer and our terms and conditions (see below). You must accept the offer within two weeks of the date of the email. This means signing the offer letter and returning it to us electronically with your bank details. We may also ask for proof of your address – this will be indicated in your offer letter. Any offers not accepted within two weeks will be withdrawn. ScreenSkills cannot release any funding until we receive your signed offer letter.

You will know if your grant application has been successful within four weeks of the date your full application is received.

If you decide to attend training before receiving notification from ScreenSkills, ScreenSkills does not accept responsibility for funding your attendance should your bursary be declined or considered ineligible. Please bear in mind that to ensure equality of opportunity we cannot speed up the assessment process. If we offer you funding for training but you no longer wish to accept it, please let us know in writing.

How will my grant be paid?
Your funding will be paid directly into your personal bank account in two stages:

  • Stage 1: 50% of your grant will be paid to you on receipt of your signed offer letter;
  • Stage 2: 50% of your award will be paid on receipt of your proof of expenditure (copies of receipts from your childcare, travel and accommodation costs) and confirmation from the training provider that you have completed the training.

Please note that you are responsible for paying the training provider. ScreenSkills does not accept responsibility for transferring funds to training providers.

If your application is unsuccessful we will notify you by email.

Please address any queries to: or call +44 (0)20 7713 9800.

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