Applications have opened for funding to support new radio and young people’s television, through a government financed £60 million package.

Over the past decade, the output of children’s television from public service broadcasters in the UK has been in decline, with spending roughly 40% less than in 2006. As a result, a significant amount of programming on children’s channels now consists of repeats.

The Young Audiences Content Fund (YACF), being administered by the British Film Institute (BFI), will aim to help reverse the prevailing trend and is the first of its kind to specifically focus on television for young people under the age of 18.

The Audio Content Fund (ACF) will be used to produce distinctive, public service radio programming that is traditionally more difficult to support on a commercial basis. This includes programmes such as documentaries, comedy, drama and light entertainment.

Both funds will also provide a boost to indigenous UK languages programming such as Welsh and Gaelic, with an aim to invest 5% of the total fund on this.

Minister for Digital and Creative Industries Margot James, said:

“Young people in the UK deserve high quality content that entertains, informs and reflects their experiences growing up across the country today.

“This innovative project is an integral part of our ongoing support for the UK’s vibrant media sector which we want to see go from strength to strength.”

Sam Bailey, Managing Director of the Audio Content Fund, said:

“We’re really excited to start receiving bids for the Audio Content Fund. It’s going to be fascinating to see the great ideas the audio production sector has to offer, and where the fund can make a difference on the UK’s commercial and community radio stations.”

How To Apply

Audio Content Fund – Bids will be open during set time periods each year. In 2019, the bidding rounds will be:

  • 1 April 2019 – 28 April 2019
  • 8 July 2019 – 4 August 2019
  • 14 October 2019 – 10 November 2019

The BFI has been provisionally appointed as administrator for the fund, and will work with government on its final design, including whether the fund should include other genres in its scope.

Download guidance HERE.

For more information and to find out what the administrators are looking for visit BFI’s and  ACF websites.


British Film Institute (BFI)

Tel: 020 7957 4751