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Ulster-Scots Broadcast Fund

Funding


ULSTER-SCOTS BROADCAST FUND (USBF) APPLICATION CALL

There are currently three application calls open:

Digital Content Language Production

The USBF wishes to receive a wider range of applications that focus exclusively or predominantly on Ulster-Scots language. To facilitate this, in May 2021 the USBF supported a range of projects for development, as opposed to the production, of new language focused ideas and projects.

The USBF is now seeking digital content language production applications. The USBF is open to projects targeting different audiences including but not limited to fluent speakers, adult learners, child learners (any key stage), the curious including everyone in Northern Ireland who uses Ulster-Scots words or phrases, and the nostalgic including our diaspora. Proposals could include those that seek to promote or raise awareness of Ulster-Scots as a living language, help audiences to develop knowledge and understanding of the language and/or help acquisition.

The call is open to projects that received development funding in the previous call as well as new projects.

APPLICATIONS CLOSED.

For further details including who can apply, what types of projects may be supported and the level of funding available please read the digital content language production application call guidelines.

Drama Development

The USBF wishes to support the production of Ulster-Scots drama projects in the near future. To do this we must first develop Ulster-Scots drama projects. This USBF call is to support the development, as opposed to the production, of Ulster-Scots drama projects.

WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

  • Ideally applications will be from production companies in conjunction with the writer but we will consider applications directly from writers in which case we will partner the writer with an appropriate production company in due course.
  • Early USBF drama projects will almost certainly be very low budget. Therefore, we are only interested in the development of projects achievable on a modest budget. For guidance, we envisage the drama production budget will be in the region of £200k-£500k per hour.
  • Drama projects that are exclusively in Ulster-Scots or have at least 50% of the script in Ulster-Scots.
  • Docudrama projects that use dramatisation to bring new perspectives to Ulster-Scots culture/heritage.
  • Compelling stories with a unique or fresh perspective.
  • Stories with strong character journeys.
  • Feature film, long-form or short form TV drama projects.
  • All genres will be considered.
  • A Director does not need to be attached at this stage.

APPLICATIONS CLOSED.

The call is open to both production companies and individual writers with varying levels of funding available to each. For further details on who can apply, what types of projects may be supported and the level of funding available please read the drama development application call guidelines.

Television Production

The USBF is open for applications for television production projects that contribute to the promotion and status of the Ulster-Scots culture, heritage and language.

It remains a recommendation that applicants to the USBF 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 programmes by the USBF 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 USBF, we encourage early dialogue with both the Fund and the relevant broadcaster.

APPLICATIONS CLOSED.

For further details including who can apply and the level of funding available please read the USBF Guidelines.

APPLYING

If you are interested in applying to any of the above calls then please contact Suzanne Harrison, Funding Manager, ([email protected]) to discuss a potential application. After this discussion a link to the application form will be sent to you.

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