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, sv4@bai.ie. Completed applications must be submitted by the closing date of each funding round.

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Closing dates for upcoming rounds

Round 35

  • Closed 29th April 2020

Round 36 

  • Community Radio Fund: 30th September 2020

Round 37 

  • Scheduled for September: to continue to provide support to independent producers across both audiovisual and audio production, this round will be open to commercial, community and public service television stations, and independent producers working with commercial, community and public service radio and television stations.

 

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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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