BAI announces funding of €611k through Sectoral Learning & Development and Sponsorship programmes

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has today (07.02.18) announced details of its 2018 funding allocation under its Sectoral Learning & Development and Sponsorship funding initiatives.

Funding of €610,800 has been approved by the BAI to support a range of initiatives, further details of which are outlined below.

Sectoral Learning and Development

For 2018, the BAI has allocated €467,800 to its sectoral learning and development initiative. A total of €355,300 will be allocated to 16 industry and representative organisations under the network funding strand of the programme. Successful groups include CRAOL (the representative body for community radio); Learning Waves (the training organisation for commercial radio broadcasters); Women on Air; the Community Television Association; Aerthonnta and the Writers’ Guild of Ireland.

Other sectoral learning and development initiatives for 2018 will include the Community Broadcasting Support Scheme; the Media Research Funding Scheme; gender initiatives and innovation schemes.

Sponsorship Scheme

Funding of €143,000 has been recommended for 20 events and activities under the BAI’s Sponsorship Scheme out of a total of 35 applications. New funding recipients in 2018 include access>CINEMA; Harp Productions: Oireachtas Media Awards and the Summit on Women in the International Film Industry.

Commenting, BAI Chief Executive, Michael O’Keeffe said: “Through our sectoral learning and development programme, we have created innovative and strategic alliances and promoted a culture of learning and development in the broadcasting sector. Aligned to the BAI’s strategic objectives, each funding award announced today helps to enhance the profile of the Authority and to raise awareness of what we aim to achieve under our Statement of Strategy 2017-2019.”

More information on the funding initiatives can be found here.


CONTACT: Joanne Ahern / Tony Heffernan, DHR Communications, Tel: 01-4200580 / 087-9881837 / 087-2399508

List of Sectoral Learning and Development Funding Recipients

Network Funding

Animation Skillnet and Animation Ireland


Community Television Association (CTA)


Creative Europe Desk Ireland – Media Office

Creative Europe Desk Ireland – Media Office Galway

Galway Film Centre

Irish Hospital Radio Network (IHRN)

Learning Waves

Screen Directors Guild of Ireland (SDGI)

Screen Producers Ireland (SPI)

Women in Film and Television

Women on Air

Writers’ Guild of Ireland (WGI)

Other Learning and Development Activities

Community Broadcasting Support Scheme

Media Research Funding Scheme

Gender Initiatives

Innovation Scheme: Big Stories on the Small Screen

Innovation Scheme: Television Production Training Scheme (Gréasán na Meán)

Temporary Radio Services Support Scheme

Support for Community Broadcasting Services

List of Sponsorship Funding Recipients


Animation Dingle Film Festival

Audi Dublin International Film Festival (ADIFF)

Celtic Media Festival

Choice Music Prize

Cleraun Media Conference

Fingal Film Festival

Fresh Film Festival

Galway Film Centre

Galway Film Fair at the Galway Film Fleadh

Guth Gafa International Documentary Film Festival

Harp Productions

Hearsay International Audio Festival

IMRO Radio Awards

Oireachtas Media Awards

The Radharc Awards

Seachtain na Gaeilge

Summit on Women in the International Film Industry (Writers Guild of Ireland)

The National Student Media Awards

Tinpot Productions Transmission