The Focus Fund is a new fund that we have introduced to offer bespoke and tailored support to those Film Hub Midlands members that are explicitly and proactively focused on reaching under-represented and diverse audiences. We are especially keen to work with those organisations that are led by people who are currently under-represented in the exhibition sector. Whilst you must be actively engaged in film exhibition, you do not need to be venue based to apply to this Fund.
We are committed to ensuring that the breadth of our communities are able to enjoy a range of film and are working to tackle under-representation in the exhibition industry: be that on our screens, in the workforce, or among audiences.
We’re asking members to submit an expression of interest, which can lead to financial support of up to £10,000, to cover staffing costs, organisational or audience development, programming, screening costs, marketing and associated costs.
Total amount available: £ 30,000
Financial support: up to £10,000
Applications open: Monday 2 August 2021
Applications close: Friday 3 September 2021
Financial support confirmed from: September 2021
Activity window: October 2021 - September 2022
You can apply through the online form linked below.
The Film Hub team are available for general support and advice with your application, you can schedule a meeting below.
Text questions on the Expression of Interest form, in Section 2:
Tell us about your organisation
(with particular reference to your track record and how you meet the fund priorities)
Tell us an overview of your key film screenings to date
(please refer to the guidelines and tell us about activity that is relevant to the aims of the fund)
What is your plan for film screenings, and audience development for the upcoming year?
(We want to know what key screenings you might be planning in October 2021 - September 2022)
How would support from the Focus Fund benefit your organisation?