BAI announces funding of €642k through Sectoral Learning & Development and Sponsorship programmes for 2020

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has today (18.02.20) announced details of 2020 allocations under its Sectoral Learning & Development and Sponsorship funding initiatives. Funding of €642,000 has been approved by the BAI to support a range of activities, details of which are outlined below.

Sectoral Learning and Development

Central to the BAI’s work in sectoral development is the provision of funding to a range of industry networks to support their various learning and development activities. ln addition, the BAI offers support schemes for community broadcasters and temporary services. In partnership with experts in the sector, it also administers innovation schemes to support new training and learning initiatives. Through these activities, the BAI has created innovative and strategic alliances and promotes a culture of learning and development in the broadcasting sector.

The BAI plans to allocate €472,000 during 2020 to support initiatives in this area. Of this budget, €345,215 will be awarded to 17 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 in Film and Television Ireland (advocacy group); the Community Television Association; Screen Producers Ireland; the National Union of Journalists and Gréasán na Meán (Audio-visual producers with a focus on Irish).

Sponsorship Scheme

The primary objective of the BAI Sponsorship Scheme is to provide sponsorship funding to media-related events and activities, with the aim of raising awareness of the BAI and its work and contributing to the achievement of the BAI’s strategic objectives.

Having completed the assessment process, the BAI is awarding €98,000 in sponsorship funding to 14 successful applicants for 2020. Among the events and activities to receive sponsorship support are: The Celtic Media Festival, the Galway Film Fleadh and Fair, the Radharc Awards and the World Summit on Media for Children.

Additionally, the BAI will continue to fund seven other key events to the amount of €72,000 during 2020. These events were awarded multi-annual funding in 2018 and 2019 and include the IMRO Radio Awards, Dublin International Film Festival, the Hearsay International Audio Festival and the Oireachtais na Gaeilge awards.

Commenting on the funding allocations, BAI chief executive, Michael O’Keeffe said: “One of the objectives of the Sectoral Learning and Development Scheme is to support a culture of lifelong learning and development within the broadcasting industry, while the Sponsorship Scheme promotes greater public awareness of the work of the BAI. These programmes are central to our strategic objectives of enhancing innovation and sectoral sustainability and promoting diversity and plurality.

“The standard of applications for funding continues to be very high and we are pleased to be in a position to offer funding to a large number of applicants. 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.


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

 All other queries: contact the BAI at 01-6441200 or

 List of Sectoral Learning and Development funding recipients:


Network Funding:

  • Learning Waves
  • Community Television Association (CTA)
  • Creative Europe Desk Ireland – Media Office Dublin
  • Creative Europe Desk Ireland – Media Office Galway
  • Screen Producers Ireland (SPI)
  • Women on Air
  • National Union of Journalists (NUJ)
  • Women in Film and Television
  • Animation Skillnet & Animation Ireland
  • Writers’ Guild of Ireland (WGI)
  • Galway Film Centre
  • Gréasán na Meán
  • IFTA
  • Screen Composers Guild of Ireland
  • Screen Skillnet
  • First Fortnight

Other learning and development activities:

  • Ace Producers Animation Special
  • Céad Seans
  • Comhthionól Ealaíne na Gaeilge (An tOireachtas)

List of Sponsorship funding recipients:

New Recipients 2020

  • Celtic Media Festival
  • Choice Music Prize
  • Cleraun Media Ethics Forum
  • FIAT/IFTA and IASA World Conference Dublin
  • Fresh Film Festival
  • Galway Film Centre (FÍS TV Summit)
  • Galway Film Fleadh and Fair
  • Harp Media Limited
  • IFI (Spotlight Festival)
  • IFTA Awards
  • Libra Events (Belfast Media Festival)
  • TG4 (CIRCOM 2020)
  • The Radharc Awards
  • World Summit on Media for Children

Multi annual recipients

  • Dublin International Film Festival
  • Guth Gafa International Documentary Film Festival
  • HearSay International Audio Festival
  • Student Marketing Network
  • Dingle Animation Festival
  • Independent Broadcasters of Ireland Company Ltd by Guarantee (IBI) – IMRO Radio Awards
  • Oireachtas na Gaeilge