Film Hub Members can now apply for resilience funds of up to £15k to respond to the financial impact of the Covid-19 emergency.
The BFI has repurposed £1.3m of National Lottery funding to offer critical relief and business continuity to exhibitors across the UK.
The BFI FAN Covid-19 Resilience Fund has been launched with the intention of helping FAN members to maintain connections with audiences during the closure period and to be in a position to reopen and re-engage those audiences once the crisis has passed.
The purpose of this Fund is to support activity that will help FAN member organisations respond to the financial impact of the Covid-19 emergency.
This might include:
Applicants must be FAN members that can demonstrate:
(i) Prior to 20 March 2020 a track record of substantive audience facing activity in line with BFI FAN priorities; AND
(ii) Immediate financial need; Organisations that have been awarded BFI Audience Fund ‘Organisational Awards’ for 2020/21 are not eligible to apply even if they meet the above criteria
The maximum impact of this funding will be felt through supporting venues to get back to business once the crisis is over. This will therefore be the overarching focus for the Fund but beyond that, priority will be given to Members that:
• Cinemas (including those within mixed art-form venues) – to those that ordinarily offer an average of two screenings per week for part time venues and a minimum of seven screenings per week for full time AND that operate on a year round basis (with allowance being made for holiday closures);
• Film festivals – to those that have presented at least two editions and have year round core staff;
• Touring cinema operators – to those that have a minimum of 5 venues in their network and have been operating for a minimum of two years
In the first instance you should book in a one-to-one phone or video call with the Film Hub team here to discuss your application and requirements for the fund.
If you have access requirements that mean you need assistance when applying for funds, you may be able to request financial support through the BFI Access Support Scheme. Find out more information here.
This funding is intended to complement other funding and support available to organisations, and not duplicate it. You should only apply for funding if you cannot access support for the requested costs elsewhere.
Please give careful thought to how much you need to request from this Fund and only apply where no alternatives are available to you – this will help us ensure funding goes as far as possible. If you are seeking support from elsewhere but do not yet know if you’ll be successful, you will be asked to set this out in your application.
As part of your application you will be asked to provide the following information:
Depending on the level of funds being requested and their purpose, we may also ask you for one or more of the following:
After reading the full guidelines, please book in a one-to-one here with the Film Hub team immediately if you are interested in applying to the BFI FAN Covid-19 Resilience Fund and they will offer you advice and guidance. For additional assistance email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please ensure you have investigated all avenues for emergency relief from other sources including government or industry schemes.
Submit your application to include:
– Completed application form (download template below)
– Cash-flow budget (download template below)
– Equal Opportunities & Monitoring form (download template below)
along with any supporting documentation to email@example.com with the subject Resilience Fund [Your Organisation]. The deadline for applications is 6pm on Wednesday 6 May 2020.
Your Film Hub will assess your submission alongside other applications received and will contact you to discuss any outstanding issues or questions.
Funding decisions will be made by your Film Hub. However, in order to ensure a broad consistency of approach across FAN – and to ensure applicants are not submitting multiple applications for the same funds to different sources – all applications that are recommended for support will be reviewed by the BFI.
Please note, in some instances, Film Hub staff may share your application documents with external specialist advisors as well as the BFI in order to ensure a speedy response and accurate evaluation of your position. This will be done on a confidential basis.
The Film Hub will aim to notify you of the outcome of your application within 3 weeks of the submission deadline – this might be delayed if there are complexities or outstanding questions associated with your request. Not all grants will therefore be announced at the same time and due to the volume of funding requests we expect to receive, feedback will not always be possible.
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