Sir Horace Ové Grant

Helping Black and Global Majority film, TV, and cinema workers access opportunities with the Sir Horace Ové Grant 
Headshot of Sir Horace Ové, CBE. One of the leading black independent filmmakers to emerge in Britain.

Sir Horace Ové was one of the leading Black independent filmmakers to emerge in Britain in the post-war period, and the first Black British filmmaker to direct a feature-length film, Pressure.

Launched in honour of film industry trailblazer, the Sir Horace Ové grant has been created to help Black and Global Majority people working behind the scenes in film, TV, and cinema to access opportunity and navigate barriers to career progression. 

Grants of up to £500 are available and could cover anything from childcare or travel costs to help you access a career opportunity, to courses supporting your professional development. 

To be eligible to apply, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You will have been in paid or funded film and TV industry work in a behind-the-camera role for at least 40 days in the last 18 months. Alternatively, you will have worked at least two years in film and TV in the last 10 years and are seeking funding to return to work after a career break. You will have worked on content made in Britain and shown to British audiences on broadcast television including on-demand services, subscription-based streaming sites like Netflix or Amazon Prime, or in cinemas.
  • The grant will enable you to seize a potentially transformative work opportunity and will have a demonstratable positive impact on your career or finances. Our awards will be prioritised to those who are experiencing the greatest need and have the least financial resilience. You will have no recourse to income, accessible savings or statutory funding to cover the cost.
  • You must identify as Black or Global Majority. This refers to people who are Black, Asian, Brown, dual-heritage, indigenous to the global south, or have been racialised as ethnic minorities’.

Whilst Black and Global Majority people are able to apply for The Sir Horace Ové grant and our Stop-Gap Grant, if an application is made to the Sir Horace Ove Grant to access an opportunity, any additional application for a Stop-Gap Grant must be to manage urgent financial needs or to support with unexpected costs in a crisis.

Please read our full eligibility criteria to find out more before completing your application.

The cash grant I received from the Film and TV Charity really helped alleviate some of the stress accompanying the difficult situation I was facing. I am really excited to have come through such a tough situation and be working in the perfect environment to develop and fulfill my potential. I feel for the first time in my life that things might start going well for me and I am in the right place to be ambitious and enthusiastic about the work I do. 
Ashley, Sound Engineer 

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Thank you for your interest in the Sir Horace Ové Grant, a one-off grant of up to £500 to help Black and Global Majority people working behind the scenes in film, TV, and cinema to access opportunity and navigate barriers to career progression.

The form consists of the following sections:

  • Our eligibility checklist
  • Your personal details
  • Your professional experience
  • Your current financial situation and needs, including a budget form
  • Your agreement and declaration

To apply for the grant, you will need three pieces of evidence:

  • At least one online profile from either BFI, IMDb, Screenskills, Mandy or Talent Manager. If you don’t have any of these then we can consider, at our discretion LinkedIn or similar. Vimeo or YouTube is not preferred as a source of evidence
  • Documentation such as three payslips, P45 or P60 invoice, or at least three remittance advice or contracts
  • Current CV including details of your last three jobs
  • You will also need to provide a professional referee
You will also need access to:
  • Basic details of your work history
  • Basic details of your current finances (including any income, expenditure, debts, and savings)

You can save your application form at any point and return to it later by clicking on save my progress and resume laterYou will be asked to set up a password so you can return to the application form at a later date.

If you require support to complete this form or have any questions, please contact the Grants Team at [email protected]

Eligibility Criteria

Please read our eligibility checklist and confirm that you’re eligible to apply for the grant.

1. You must have been in paid or funded film and TV industry work for at least 40 days in the last 18 months OR have worked at least two years in film and TV in the last 10 years and are seeking funding to return to work after a career break. This must be in a behind-the-camera role that contributes to the creation, dissemination, or commercial exploitation of moving image entertainment content for:
  • Broadcast and on-demand television (e.g. BBC, ITV, Sky) 
  • Paid-for original content streaming services (e.g. Netflix, Amazon Prime) 
  • Cinemas (a confirmed run of at least 10 screenings). 
Contributions through allied services such as facilities and catering, or financial and administrative services are included. Some of your professional experience may be unpaid, but the proportion should be appropriate to your career stage. At our discretion, we may give consideration to short films, or features films that have only screened at festivals.
2. The following will not count towards eligibility criteria:
  • Film used solely for the purpose of education, advertising, corporate films, campaigning and lobbying, or personal services such as wedding videos, or is broadcast or exhibited in venues or via channels other than those described above e.g. free online or in galleries.
  • Any front-of-camera role, including presenters, actors and supporting artists.
3. You must not have accessible savings. This does not include the following:
  • Funds set aside to cover tax or NI liabilities for the previous tax year or for work already completed and paid in the current tax year
  • Funds in officially designated pension schemes 
  • Funds in junior ISAs for dependent children 
  • Funds in a Lifetime ISA
4. You must be a UK resident.
5. You must identify as Black or Global Majority, which refers to people who are Black, Asian, Brown, dual-heritage, indigenous to the global south, and or have been racialised as ethnic minorities’. 

Personal Details

Your personal details will be kept confidential, as defined in the agreement and declaration section.

If your application is successful and you’re offered a grant, we will carry out identity checks and collect more information from you, including your banking details. 

Professional Experience

Please provide evidence of your work by listing online credits, uploading your CV or telling us more about your situation. 
Please provide any evidence of your work by sharing the link to at least one of the following profile below. 
It is rare that we contact referees, but we reserve the right to do so to progress applications. However, applicants will be advised prior to us doing so. We will not disclose that an applicant is applying for a grant, only that we need a basic reference confirming employment.

Your Financial Situation

We’d like to understand your personal situation so that we can assess how we can best help. If we’re unable to help via this fund, we may be able to support in another way.
Tell us about your current income
Please tell us about your current income and financial commitments. You can do this by using our Budget Planner. Use the MoneyHelper tool on our website to tell us as much information as you can about what you earn and how much you spend on household and living costs.

Please only supply information related to your current situation and household income, and only include your priority outgoings. This should also include any benefits that you may be in receipt of (including child benefit). 

Click here to visit our website’s managing your money’ page and scroll down the page to complete the Budget Planner. Once you’ve finished, click Download Spreadsheet for a copy of your completed budget. Please also remember to enter spouse/​partner/​household income under other income’ when completing the budget tool.

Please follow the steps above to complete the budget planner. We cannot progress your application unless you submit a completed budget plan from our website. Unfortunately we cannot accept other formats. If you need additional support, please email [email protected] and a member of our team will be able to assist you.
Please tell us about any accessible savings you have

Your Application

Please answer a few more questions about your application.
Additional support

We also offer a Work and Wellbeing Advice Service. 

You can work closely with our advisors over a three-month period to see what’s holding you back, think through the options and get back on track. There’s support and guidance with anything from debt to housing to mental health worries. We can also sort out career guidance with friendly professionals, who have lots of experience in our industry, including managing and hiring. 

If you’d like to find out more about this service, please register your interest and a member of our team will be in touch.

Agreement and Declaration

Please read the following carefully.

I hereby declare that all questions contained in this form have been fully and truthfully answered to the best of my ability. I understand that the details disclosed on this form by me will be held by The Film and TV Charity under the terms of the General Data Protection Regulations 2018 (GDPR) for the purpose of assessing and evaluating my application. In submitting this form, I give The Film and TV Charity consent to contact me about any information submitted. 

The Film and TV Charity will treat all your personal information as private and confidential in line with our Privacy Policy. 

We need to ensure our funding reaches those who really need it and so, as with many funding schemes, we have a framework to guard against fraud. Part or all of the information you give us will be held on an internal grants management system for the administration of applications and awards. We may also use this information for the evaluation of our services. We may provide copies of the information in confidence to further individuals or organisations who are helping us to undertake eligibility checks, assess applications or monitor funding.

We may use a credit reference agency to validate information you have provided in your application. This is not a credit check and will not affect your ability to receive credit from other organisations. The credit reference agency we use may keep a record of the information, and may disclose the fact that a search of its records was made to its other clients, in order to stop fraud.

By submitting an application, you are providing your informed consent (permission) for us to share information in this way and for us to to run such an identity verification check, including its access, use and storage. If you have knowingly provided false or inaccurate information to us at any point, we will provide details to fraud prevention agencies.

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Monitoring Information

Please complete the following monitoring forms so that we can better understand who we have helped and who we were unable to help. 

All information herein will be kept separately from any funding applications you may submit, and the monitoring information will not be used in the assessment of your application. 

We will not discriminate against individuals who decide not to complete the form. 

If you do not wish to disclose your information, you can choose prefer not to say for every question.

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