Screen Stakeholders Funding Scheme

PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO COVID-19 WE ARE ONLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR EITHER ONLINE/REMOTE SKILLS DEVELOPMENT EVENTS/INITIATIVES AND/OR SKILLS RELATED ACTIVITIES THAT TAKE INTO ACCOUNT ALL GOVERNMENT AND HSE GUIDELINES IN RELATION TO COVID-19.

Overview

Screen Skills Ireland supports skills development for the wider screen sector through the Screen Stakeholders Funding Scheme. Screen Stakeholders include organisations, guilds or companies that support the screen sector in Ireland (see contracting section below that outlines the contracting documents that the Stakeholder must be in the position to supply).

The Screen Stakeholders Funding Scheme awards funding of up to a maximum of €25,000 to stakeholders to deliver a range of activities that support the screen sector in Ireland over a 6-12 month period. In all cases support is offered only if the applicants meet the strict criteria and conditions below. There will be one Screen Stakeholder funding scheme call in 2021. The deadline for applications for 2021 is Friday 14th May.

Application Process

Read the Criteria and Requirements sections below.

Applicants must fill in the  Screen Skills Ireland Application Form for the Screen Stakeholders Funding Scheme and submit via email to fundingschemes@screenskillsireland.ie (Subject Line: Stakeholders Funding) by the deadline.

The application must contain a full breakdown of the proposed skills development related activity and budgets.

A decision will be made by the Screen Skills Ireland Funding Schemes Panel within twenty-five working days of the deadline for applications. Decisions will be based on the application form; how beneficial the proposed activity is to the Irish Film, Television, Animation or related sectors; and how the application addresses the key priority themes outlined below.

In order to draw down the final payment tranche the Stakeholder must submit a completed Reflective Report which will be emailed when funding is approved. Aspects and findings of the Reflective Report may be published online and in reports by SSI (with prior approval from the Stakeholder). Retrospective applications will not be accepted. Only one Funding Award will be made to any one Stakeholder per year.

Criteria

The applicant must be a Stakeholder (an Organisation, Guild or Company) based in Ireland with strong links to the screen sector in Ireland and the proposed activity must be taking place in Ireland or online for the benefit of the sector in Ireland.

Screen Stakeholders include organisations or guilds that support the screen sector in Ireland and companies that wish to undertake research or organise skills/training courses or events for the benefit of the sector. The scheme is not open to festivals, or third level colleges, or public funded agencies/organisations.

See contracting section below that outlines the contracting documents that the organisation must be in the position to supply. Note: Festivals that focus on the screen sector can instead apply for the Skills Development Events Funding Scheme here: https://www.screenskillsireland.ie/funding-schemes/festival-event-funding/

Due to limited resources, the application process is competitive. Benefit to the Irish Film, Television, Animation, or related sectors must clearly accrue from the delivery of the skills development related activity.

The maximum funding that can be applied for by any Stakeholder will be €25,000.

The decision to support any Stakeholder will only be made on receipt of the completed application form containing a full breakdown of the proposed activity and budget and finance plan (to indicate any additional funding/sponsorship/fees).

Requirements of the Skills Development Related Activities

The funding awarded can be used for any or all the following Skills Development Related Activity:

(1) Development and Delivery of Skills/Training Courses, Events, Masterclasses, Workshops, Seminars or Webinars (face-to-face or remotely/online) for Stakeholder members and the wider sector in Ireland.

(2) Hosting Conferences, Panel Discussions or Structured Networking Events (face-to-face or remotely/online) for Stakeholder members and the wider sector in Ireland.

(3) Provision of Mentoring, Coaching or Consultancy support to Stakeholder members and the wider sector in Ireland.

(4) Data Gathering; Skills Needs Analysis; and/or Development of Occupational Profiles/Competency Framework for the sector in Ireland.

(5) Provision of Initiatives or activities that support Access to the screen sector. Access Initiatives are initiatives that support inclusivity, diversity and/or access to the screen sectors in Ireland across film, TV, animation and related sectors that may include general ‘careers in screen’ related events for secondary school students, or programmes/events that promote or encourage access to and opportunities within the screen sector for all groups including paid work placements, shadowing, traineeships, and apprenticeships.

The minimum duration of any individual activity proposed should be 3 hours (face to face) or 1 hour (online). Generally, there should be no fee charged for those attending any activity supported through the Screen Stakeholders Funding Scheme, unless agreed in advance with Screen Skills Ireland. The individual Stakeholder must process all applications and manage all paperwork (including feedback and evaluation for the Final Report) for the activity. When allocating places for activities, the Stakeholder must demonstrate a fair and transparent process based on strict criteria which must be furnished in advance of selection to Screen Skills Ireland.

All documentation and publicity related to activities funded through the Screen Stakeholders Funding Scheme must state that the activity is “supported by Screen Skills Ireland” and must contain the Screen Skills Ireland logo.

Priority Themes for 2021

The activities proposed in the application should address one or more of the following priority themes:

  1. Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
  2. Sustainability/Green Production
  3. Future Technology/Virtual Production
  4. Improving Workplace Culture & Wellbeing
  5. Regional Development
  6. Careers in the Screen Industry for Young People
  7. Development of a Competency Framework for Sectoral Roles (N.B. this does not include competency frameworks for live action crew and animation roles)

Conditions

Retrospective applications will not be accepted.

Only one Funding Award will be made to any one Stakeholder per year. Any effort to influence a panel member will immediately disqualify.

Applicants must provide details of all applications to other potential funding sources and outcomes. Failure to do so may result in the withdrawal of support.

Incomplete applications will not be considered and will be returned to the applicant. Incorrect information may lead to delays in processing of applications.

Screen Skills Ireland reserves the right to suspend or cancel the funding where, in its view, a successful Stakeholder is not meeting the required commitment for the skills/work programme.

Screen Skills Ireland reserves the right to revise the amount awarded where it is satisfied that incorrect information has been provided.

Stakeholders must be able to contract with Screen Skills Ireland within two months of accepting the award. Therefore, Stakeholders should ideally be set up prior to applying for the fund so that they can produce the documentation listed below when requested.

Application Process

To apply, please download and fill in the Screen Skills Ireland Application Form for the Screen Stakeholders Funding Scheme and submit via email to fundingschemes@screenskillsireland.ie (Subject Line: Stakeholders Funding) by the deadline. The Screen Skills Ireland Funding Schemes panel will make the final decision on all applications according to the scheme criteria and requirements. This will include an assessment of the following:

  • Benefit of the proposed activities to the wider industry.
  • Relevance of the proposed activities to identified sectoral skills gaps that exist nationally or regionally.
  • Relevance of the proposed activities to the priority themes outlined above.

For more information on the scheme please contact Fran.Keaveney@screenskillsireland.ie

Award Payments

Once successful applicants to the scheme are notified, Screen Skills Ireland will begin to process the award payments. Below are the details of the payment process.

The award will be paid on an instalment basis and will consist of two to three instalments depending on the length of the programme of activities. The first instalment will be paid up to 30 days after completion of the contracting process (upon receipt of the signed contract and requested documentation). Payment will not be processed until all requested documentation has been received.

The final instalment (25% of the award amount) will be paid once the following have been received:

A Final Report to be submitted on completion of all activity that reflects on the activity delivered (a template will be provided). Excerpts from the Final Report may be published on the Screen Skills Ireland website and social media channels with the approval of the Stakeholder.

Contracting Documentation Required

  • A copy of the Organisation’s company constitutional documentation and copy of the resolution of its board of directors authorising the acceptance and execution of the Agreement
  • An up-to-date tax clearance certificate for the Organisation or Tax Registration & Access Number
  • Application Form, Budget, and Work Plan
  • Evidence of Insurance policy to cover the activity in the proposal (Minimum cover required, public liability indemnity for the duration of the activities set out in the Budget and/or Work Plan with limits of no less than €6,500,000 plus employer’s liability with limits of no less than €13,000,000).
  • Confirmation of registration of the Organisation with National Vetting Bureau (if applicable) in accordance with the National Vetting Bureau (Children and Vulnerable Persons) Acts 2012 to 2016
  • Fully executed bank mandates in relation to the Organisation’s Bank Account
  • Evidence and confirmation of availability of balance of funding in situations where the advance is less than the budget.