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Ulster-Scots Broadcast Fund


Northern Ireland Screen is pleased to announce the 2017-18 application call dates for the Ulster-Scots Broadcast Fund (USBF).

Call for Radio projects

  • Closing date: Friday 27th October 2017
  • Decisions to be made by: Late November 2017

1st call for broadcast/online projects

  • Closing date: Friday 20th October 2017
  • Decisions to be made by: Early November 2017

2nd call for broadcast/online projects

  • Closing date: Friday 15th December 2017
  • Decisions to be made by: Mid January 2018

The USBF Committee has, with the assistance of an independent evaluation of the workings of the USBF, revised and refined the workings of the USBF. The primary theme of these revisions is to present greater clarity as to the content the USBF wishes to support, and to present a framework that will more effectively ensure the quality and appropriateness of the USBF supported content. The Revised Programme Commissioning Guidance provides further information on these revisions including editorial interests/priorities, changes to the USBF’s operation and objectives and targets.

Further information on the current editorial interests/priorities of the USBF can be found in the Revised Programme Commissioning Guidance.

The USBF is specifically seeking applications in 3 key areas:

  • Language Programming
  • Projects with links to Ulster-Scots sectoral and community groups
  • Radio Programming

Updated priorities may be issued ahead of the second call depending on the projects received in the first call and balanced against existing projects in the USBF portfolio. Any updated priorities will be available on our website.

It remains a recommendation that applicants to the fund provide a greater degree of detail on the proposed projects than is presently demanded by a broadcaster at application stage. We also strongly recommend that potential applicants engage with consultants who can provide the level of understanding of Ulster-Scots themes that will be required.

Please note that the funding of television or radio programmes by the Ulster-Scots Broadcast Fund is dependent on a broadcaster having indicated that it wishes to broadcast the programme proposed. Applications are encouraged with support from all broadcasters with significant reach in Northern Ireland.

Given that successful projects require support from both a broadcaster and the Ulster-Scots Broadcast Fund, we encourage early dialogue with both the USBF and the relevant broadcaster.

Guidelines and Revised Programme Commissioning Guidance documents are all available to download below:

USBF Guidelines

USBF Programme Commissioning Guidance

In order to access the online application form please contact Suzanne Harrison.

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