Sound & Vision 4 is a funding scheme for television and radio programmes, funded through the television licence fee.

How to apply

Applicants must complete the Application Form and submit their application via e-mail, Completed applications must be submitted by the closing date of each funding round.

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Closing dates for upcoming rounds

Round 35

  • Open to Independent Commercial Stations only.
  • Closes 29th April 2020.
  • Decisions expected May 2020.


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Useful documents / information

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Scheme objectives

  • Develop high quality programmes based on Irish culture, heritage and experience;
  • Develop these programmes in the Irish language;
  • Increase the availability of programmes referred to above to audiences in the State;
  • Represent the diversity of Irish culture and heritage;
  • Record oral Irish heritage and aspects of Irish heritage which are disappearing, under threat, or have not been previously recorded, and;
  • Develop local and community broadcasting.

To achieve these objectives, the Scheme offers grant funding to new television and radio programmes which deal with the themes of:

  • Irish culture, heritage and experience;
  • Improving adult or media literacy;
  • Raising public awareness and understanding of global issues impacting on the State and countries other than the State; and/or
  • Any of the above in the Irish language.
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Scheme basics

  • The Scheme is financed from the Broadcast Fund which comprises 7% of the annual net receipts from television license fees.
  • The BAI has been assigned the responsibility of administering this fund.
  • The BAI Archiving Scheme is also financed from the Broadcast Fund.
  • The BAI will generally allocate funding using a funding rounds system.
  • For each round, the BAI determines the closing time and date; the types of applications that can be submitted and the amount of funding available.
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