Funding for creative businesses

Creative Skillset manages the Skills Investment Fund, a collective investment in the skills of the Creative Industries for the future, contributed to by industry and public sources.

Creative Skillset directs collective investment through the Skills Investment Fund to create new and innovative training in priority skills and in-demand roles to ensure growth in the UK's Creative Industries.

Company Development Grants

Feature film production companies which have contributed to the Film Production Levy from 1 April 2014 can apply for grants of up to £8,000 to deliver creative and practical ways to boost skills and develop talent within their companies.

Small to medium-sized VFX houses (under 250 staff) can apply for grants of up to £10,000 to train between three to ten staff. Training should meet the needs of the individual staff members as well as the immediate skills needs of the company,enabling it to succeed in meeting its short to medium term business goals.

Please note: Individuals cannot apply under this fund. Find out more about support for your own training needs.

Company Co-investment Grants

This call for co-investment helps companies deliver ambitious training in response to the priority skills needs in animation, children's TV, film, games, high-end TV and VFX.  The current call for company co-investment grants is now closed. Please sign up for our newsletter to be notified once it re-opens.

Company Diversity Grants

Company diversity grants provide companies with 80% of training costs for employees resident in England and from under-represented groups (up to £1200 per eligible individual or £1600 for disabled individuals).

Please note: due to the extraordinary success of the Diversity Fund, Creative Skillset are no longer accepting new applications whilst they process applications already received and identify priorities for the remaining investment.

Other funding

  • Funded training provides 50% funding for employees and freelancers (through their employer or training provider) working in animation to attend short courses that meet established industry skills priorities.
  • TV Writers Development Programme provides up to £10,000 per project to independent production companies and broadcasters to develop and support emerging writers and script editors to help grow the diversity of stories and content in UK TV drama.

The Film Skills Fund

Funded by the BFI with National Lottery funds and through the Skills Investment Fund this investment addresses the vital skills and training needs of the film industry to deliver maximum economic and cultural return: to create jobs, strengthen skills, build skills for the future, and ensure world-class film education.  

Find out what Film Skills funding programmes are currently open

The TV Skills Fund

The Creative Skillset TV Skills Fund is the result of an agreement between UK broadcasters to invest in training for the freelance television workforce. The contributors are: BBC, Channel 4 and Five.

Find out what TV Skills fundingprogrammes are currently open