BAI announces funding of €616k through Sectoral Learning & Development and Sponsorship programmes

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has, today (11.02.19), announced details of its 2019 funding allocation under its Sectoral Learning & Development and Sponsorship funding initiatives. Funding of €616,000 has been approved by the BAI to support a range of activities, details of which are outlined below.

Sectoral Learning and Development

To support and sustain Sectoral Learning and Development initiatives, the BAI has allocated a total funding budget of €491,500 for disbursement in 2019.

Of this budget, €342,850 will be awarded to 16 industry and representative organisations under the Network Funding strand of the programme. Funding recipients include CRAOL (the representative body for community radio); Learning Waves (the training organisation for commercial radio broadcasters); Women on Air; Animation Skillnet & Animation Ireland; the Community Television Association; Aerthonnta and the Writers’ Guild of Ireland.

Other Sectoral Learning and Development initiatives that will be awarded funding in 2019 include the Community Broadcasting Support Scheme; the Media Research Funding Scheme; and training and development initiatives for the community broadcasting sector.

In addition, the Authority approved total funding of €52,000 for two initiatives under the Innovation Scheme strand; they are:

  • X-pollinator, a cross-disciplinary professional development programme for practitioners from a variety of areas in the creative arts (theatre-makers, film-makers, fiction writers, comedians, visual artists, etc.) to address gender imbalance in the audio-visual industry. X-Pollinator is partnering with Screen Skills Ireland to deliver this programme and is aiming to bring female practitioners from other disciplines into the arts; to inspire and energise the female creators already working in the audio-visual industry; to create networks and build collaborations between teams; and, ultimately, help achieve a goal of 50/50 gender parity in the short to medium term.
  • Journalism Bursary Programme, a partnership pilot initiative between Learning Waves and the BAI, which will provide five journalism graduates from third-level institutions with the opportunity to become an integral part of a radio station’s newsroom for five months. During this time the graduates will work with an assigned station mentor to complete a series of tasks and will participate in a number of tailored Learning Waves courses.

Sponsorship Scheme

Funding of €124,500 has been allocated by the Authority to 16 projects under the BAI’s Sponsorship Scheme. Funding recipients in 2019 include the Celtic Media Festival; the EuroRadio International Feature Conference; Animation Dingle Film Festival; and Seachtain na Gaeilge.

Commenting on the funding allocations, BAI Chief Executive, Michael O’Keeffe said: “The Sectoral Learning and Development and Sponsorship schemes are central to our strategic objectives of enhancing innovation and sectoral sustainability, and promoting diversity and plurality. They support a culture of lifelong learning and development within the broadcasting industry, enhancing capacity, and have enabled us to create innovative and strategic alliances across the sector.

“The standard of applications for funding has, once again, been very high and we are pleased to be in a position to offer funding to a large number of applicants, including to such innovative projects as X-Pollinator and the Journalism Bursary Programme. We would like to wish all funding recipients every success with the various events and projects.”

More information on the BAI’s funding initiatives can be found here.




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


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List of Sectoral Learning and Development funding recipients:

  • Network Funding:
    • CRAOL
    • Learning Waves
    • Community Television Association (CTA)
    • Creative Europe Desk Ireland – Media Office
    • Creative Europe Desk Ireland – Media Office Galway
    • Screen Producers Ireland (SPI)
    • Women on Air
    • National Union of Journalists (NUJ)
    • Women in Film and Television
    • Aerthonnta
    • Animation Skillnet & Animation Ireland
    • Writers’ Guild of Ireland (WGI)
    • Galway Film Centre
    • Gréasán na Meán
    • IFTA
    • Screen Composers Guild
  • Other Learning and Development activities:
    • Community Broadcasting Support Scheme
    • Media Research Funding Scheme
    • Innovation Scheme: X-Pollinator
    • Innovation Scheme: Journalism Bursary Programme
    • Temporary Services Support Scheme
    • Community Services Training and Development

List of Sponsorship funding recipients:

  • EuroRadio lnternational Feature Conference (#1FC2019)
  • MIRP (Meeting of lndependent Radio Producers) in lreland
  • NUIG Conference: Sustaining Community Media
  • access>CINEMA
  • Animation Dingle Film Festival
  • Celtic Media Festival
  • Choice Music Prize
  • FÍS TV Summit, Galway Film Centre
  • Fresh Film Festival
  • Galway Film Fair at the Galway Film Fleadh
  • The IMRO Radio Awards
  • IFTA Television Awards
  • MediaCon Summit
  • Oireachtas Media Awards
  • Seachtain na Gaeilge
  • Tinpot Productions Transmission