BAI Issues Call for Applications for the Archiving Scheme

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has today (16th April) issued a call for applications under its Funding Scheme for the Archiving of Programme Material (“Archiving Scheme”).  The Archiving Scheme has been designed to provide funding support for the development of an archiving culture in the Irish broadcasting sector, contributing to the preservation of Ireland’s broadcasting heritage.  It is funded through a percentage of the Broadcasting Fund.

This is the third round of the Archiving Scheme, which is seeking high quality proposals for the archiving of programme material, enabling the preservation of a historic record of Irish culture, heritage and experience.  The first two rounds of the Scheme saw the award of funding totalling €3.6m to sixteen successful applicants.

Similar to the first two rounds of the Scheme, there is a particular focus in the current round on the safeguarding of historic material, which is under threat, either through its fragile physical condition or its existence on a soon to be obsolete format.  The funding amount available to support applications in this round is approximately €2.6m.

The Archiving Scheme is open to a range of individuals and institutions including broadcasters, advertisers, persons/institutions in possession of relevant material, persons/institutions capable of carrying out work on archiving material considered to be of value to the State, and persons/institutions capable of furthering the Archiving Scheme’s objectives.

To assist with the application process, the BAI has developed guidelines for applicants that, together with an application form, are available to download or on request from


Download the Archiving Scheme R3 Guide (English) (pdf)

Download the Archiving Scheme R3 Form (English) (Word)

Download the Archiving Scheme R3 Guide (Irish) (pdf)

Download the Archiving Scheme R3 Form (Irish) (Word)


The closing date for receipt of applications is 12 noon on Thursday, 9th July 2015.  Any queries relating to the Archiving Scheme should be directed to



Media Queries to:

Tony Heffernan/ Catherine Heaney

DHR Communications

(087) 2399508/ (087) 2309835/ 01 4200580