Guide

Creative business support and funding

Funding support for creative businesses

If you're starting or growing a creative business, there may be funding options available to help you achieve your goals.

Invest Northern Ireland support

Invest NI offers a host of funding support to businesses in the creative sector, for example:

Northern Ireland Screen support

NI Screen offers various funding programmes across its economic, cultural and educational activities:

  • development funding- includes script, project and slate development for feature films, television and digital content 
  • production funding - comes in the form of a recoupable loan and assists in completing budgets on productions which are almost fully financed
  • short films schemes – aim to help emerging film makers
  • skills fund - is a grant offered to individuals working in the Northern Ireland screen sector to support their training or development needs
  • games funding – including project development and project production funding

Northern Ireland Screen also runs two cultural funds: the Irish Language Broadcast Fund and the Ulster-Scots Broadcast Fund.

Arts Council NI

The Arts Council NI offers a broad range of funding opportunities for creative and arts organisations and individuals in Northern Ireland: