New Ideas Fund

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Applications are now open.

The New Ideas fund is a programme of small grants for creative entrepreneurs and companies working in moving image for storytelling. The New Ideas Fund is part of Creative Enterprise Programme, developed and delivered by Creative England. The programme’s aims are to support growth of screen sector in England.

Creative England can offer grants between £1000 and £25,000 to support the development of new and innovative ideas that have the potential to impact your entrepreneurial journey and grow your business. Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.

If you are applying for £10,000-£25,000 you must be a registered limited company, have a clear vision for your business and have a business proposal that includes storytelling through creative content/moving image as a significant component.

Who is it for?

Screen based storytelling entrepreneurs and businesses in the English regions. This includes film, television, animation, games, immersive media or tech that supports these industries.

You are ineligible to apply if you work in corporate video or advertising, e-learning or training unless you want to start a screen- based storytelling arm. You are ineligible to apply if you are a charity, non-profit or CIC unless you want to set up a corporate arm relevant to the screen-based industries.

For a more detailed breakdown about who can and cannot apply, please read our Guidelines.

When is the deadline?

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and considered at a regular panel meeting held at least once a month. Applicants will receive an outcome within 8 weeks of the date they submitted.

Please take the time to read our guidelines and FAQs.

Should you have any access or communication requirements relating to our applications and guidance, then please contact the team at or 0333 023 5240.

*Creative Enterprise

In partnership with the BFI, Creative Enterprise was developed two years ago to grow screen businesses in the English regions. Through intensive programmes and bespoke workshops led by industry leaders and mentors, Creative Enterprise provides expertise and training to futureproof the next generation of moving image companies. By bringing together companies who work in moving image for storytelling, we build meaningful connections and create opportunities for business growth. The programme set out to support moving image entrepreneurs and businesses to develop new business models, products and services.

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