From the Audio Content Fund:
Our fourth funding round opened on 2nd March and was due to close this weekend. Today, we’ve made the decision to extend the closing date by another 4 weeks.
Attention has been understandably elsewhere this month, and we want to make sure as many indies and radio stations as possible can engage in the bidding process.
So, that round (unfortunately entitled March 2020 Round) will now close on 27th April. Any bids already submitted can be edited right up until the closing date.
We have also added a field to the application process, asking people to just think through how their project will be delivered if coronavirus-related restrictions continue for a considerable period. None of us knows when this will end, and we want to make sure bids are taking this into consideration. We’ve updated our Guidelines Document to reflect this change.
As well as the March 2020 Round, we also have the ‘Supporting Audiences During Coronavirus’ funding round, which remains open for bids for content that needs to be produced and broadcast urgently. This will remain open for as long as we feel there is a need for it. We have had a great response to this, and will be announcing the first funded projects soon.
Finally, since we published our 2020 timeline way back in February 2020, a lot has changed. We’ll be taking a look at those plans over the coming weeks and months, and expect to have to change them. So, for now, the dates and scope of our Summer and Autumn rounds remain tentative. I’ll update you all when we feel confident updating them.
Wishing you all the best,
WHAT IS THE AUDIO CONTENT FUND, AND HOW DO I APPLY?
The Audio Content Fund provides funding for the creation of original radio production in the UK. It is part of a pilot Contestable Fund, financed by the UK Government, to support the provision and plurality of public service content. We are responsible for distributing a grant of up to £3m which will be used to produce distinctive, public service radio programming that is traditionally more difficult to support on a commercial basis (such as documentaries, comedy, and drama). Applications are made via the ACF website at www.audiocontentfund.org.uk