The BAI will encourage creativity and innovation as distinctive features of the Irish audio-visual sector;

The BAI will work with stakeholders to support the achievement of greater sustainability for the Irish audio-visual sector.

BAI Role

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland has a key role in developing and supporting the broadcasting sector in Ireland. There is currently a range of funding supports and initiatives in place, through which the BAI fulfils this role.

The BAI’s development and support role continues to change and evolve, in tandem with the needs of the sector.

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Sound & Vision 3 Funding Scheme

Sound & Vision 3 is a funding scheme for television and radio that provides funding in support of high quality programmes on Irish culture, heritage and experience, and programmes to improve adult literacy.

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Sectoral Learning and Development

The BAI is committed to continually working in partnership with broadcasters and industry networks to address specific development needs that will enhance capacity in the sector.  Investment in learning and development helps broadcasters to respond to the interests and needs of Irish audiences.

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Archiving Funding Scheme

The Funding Scheme for the Archiving of Programme Material (“Archiving Scheme”) provides funding support for the development of an archiving culture in the Irish broadcasting sector which will contribute to the preservation of Ireland’s broadcasting heritage.

The Archiving Scheme concerns programme material only, both television and radio.  Programme material is content broadcast in whole or in part, or recorded for, or broadcast, on radio and/or television and includes programmes and advertisements.  Three rounds have been run under the Scheme (list of successful applicants).

The current Archiving Scheme was reviewed in late 2016, which included a consultation, and it is envisaged that a new scheme should be finalised in quarter four 2017.

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Sponsorship Scheme

When awarding sponsorship, the BAI considers it to be a contribution in money or in kind offered to an organisation, or individual, for the purposes of staging an event, providing a service or undertaking an activity which is in keeping with the BAI’s mission and objectives in return for a certain specified benefit.

By offering the sponsorship support to such events/activities, the BAI contributes to the growth and continued development of the audiovisual industry in Ireland.  It is also an important tool that enables the BAI to communicate to, and engage with, a range of stakeholder groups.

The Sponsorship Scheme is undertaken annually and the Authority considers and agrees the events and activities to be funded each year (current list of events / activities).

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Canada-Ireland Co-development Incentive

The Canada-Ireland Co-Development Incentive is a collaboration between the Canada Media Fund (CMF) and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) to fund the co-development of eligible audio-visual projects between producers from Canada and Ireland.

A total of €410,000 is being made available over a three-year period to support Irish and Canadian producers to develop co-productions for broadcast on Irish and Canadian television services.

Producers interested in finding an international partner as part of this development incentive are invited to post a profile of their company on the CMF’s website by clicking here. Profiles will be accessible to all, including potential partners from other countries.

Click here to access the guidelines.

Click here to access the application form.

Click here to access the demo budget form.

Click here to access the budget form.

The application form will be available here shortly.

Deadline for applications: January 11, 2018

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Community Broadcasting Support Scheme

The Community Broadcasting Support Scheme 2017, which has a total available fund of €25,000, is open to all Community and Community of Interest radio and television broadcasters in the country. It is designed to offer funding support to enable broadcasters to undertake reviews that will advance the organisational development of their stations.

Organisational development initiatives which can be funded through the scheme include:

  • evaluations of staff and volunteer needs,
  • reviews of station policies and procedures to ensure that they are effective and appropriate, and
  • reviews of the relationship between broadcasters and the communities they serve.

Click here to access the Scheme.

Click here to access the application form.

*Closed* Closing date for receipt of completed applications is 12 noon on Monday 27th February 2017.  *Closed*

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