The Film and TV Charity launches new Freelancer Connector Grants pilot scheme

The Film and TV Charity has announced the launch of a pilot grants programme that aims to improve the support networks available for freelancers working behind the scenes.

The Freelancer Connector Grants pilot scheme will bring professional film and TV freelancers together to foster mutual professional support, build social connections and grow peer-to-peer networks. Ten grants of up to £3,500 are being made available to individuals and organisations to support project management, core activities, facilitation and administrative costs for projects running within the pilot’s funding period of May 2022 – February 2023. Applications for the pilot scheme are open from 12pm today, Thursday March 10th.

In order to qualify, projects will need to be peer-led and will be required to meet at least one of the scheme’s overall objectives of helping professional film and TV freelancers to:

  • Gain peer connections and have routes to support they can access in the industry
  • Feel less isolated
  • Gain confidence
  • Gain skills and/or knowledge from their peers that will aid their professional development
  • Have greater knowledge of how to access emotional support and work/career support

Lucy Powell, Community Development Manager at The Film and TV Charity said:

Project based, short-term work is a common feature of the film and TV industry, meaning it relies heavily on freelancers, who make up more than 50% of our workforce. As a result, freelancers, and others in the industry in short-term, precarious employment are often faced with barriers when it comes to forming lasting connections and supportive peer networks and they often experience high levels of loneliness and isolation as a result. That’s why we are so pleased to be launching the Freelancer Connector Grants pilot to help freelancers, and organisations and groups representing them, to navigate some of those barriers, and to better enable freelancers to share the wealth of knowledge and experience they have with others across the industry.”

The pilot scheme will also include a programme of capacity building support for successful awardees, designed to develop skills, grow networks, and promote the longevity of their projects. The charity hopes to fund a range of projects across the United Kingdom, including projects that target different groups facing additional barriers within the freelance community.

With demand expected to be high, applicants are invited to complete an initial Expression of Interest form by 5PM, Friday 1st April 2022

Applicants who have completed an Expression of Interest form will be updated on the progress of their application by mid-April 2022, with the final 10 awardees being announced in early May.

For more information on the Freelancer Connector Grants pilot scheme, including FAQs that provide more detail on eligibility, the types of projects the charity is hoping to fund, and why they are running the pilot scheme, please click here.