The Film and TV Charity announces Sir Horace Ové Grant

Black and White photo of Sir Horace Ové. Photo credit to Sal Idriss

Black and White photo of Sir Horace Ové. Photo credit to Sal Idriss


Sir Horace Ové Grant

The Film and TV Charity has announced the launch of the Sir Horace Ové Grant to help the Black and Global Majority of people working behind the scenes in film, TV, and cinema to access opportunity and navigate barriers to career progression.

The launch of the new grant follows the Charity’s commitment, made in May 2021, to ensuring that 30 per cent of all grants budgets are allocated to Black and Global Majority applicants. During the first financial year following that commitment, the Charity underspent by eight per cent (or circa £13,000) against its target.

The Charity has topped up the amount available in the Sir Horace Ové Grant fund to a total of £50,000.

The maximum individual grant under the new scheme will be capped at £500 and grants will be awarded to support access to opportunities leading to paid work or to improving the chance of being offered paid work. The scope of the grants cover contributions towards:

  • Child or adult care
  • Travel costs
  • Equipment upgrades
  • Membership of or subscriptions to professional bodies
  • Short vocational and professional development courses
  • Any combination thereof

Applicants will be asked to provide an impact statement detailing how the grant will support them in their career, alongside proof of eligibility and costs. Full eligibility requirements will be made available on the Charity’s website in advance of the grant funds’ launch at the end of November 2022.

The new fund has been named in honour of Sir Horace Ové CBE, who was knighted in the 2022 New Year Honours List for services to media. Known as the godfather of Black British filmmaking, Sir Horace directed the first Black British feature film, Pressure, in 1976, as well as numerous other trailblazing films, documentaries, and TV series such as Playing Away, A Hole In Babylon, and episodes of the long-running Play for Today.

The Sir Horace Ové Grant has been developed with the endorsement of his family, with his daughter, the actor Indra Ové, commenting: “Breaking down barriers was always at the heart of what Horace did, to educate and open doors, especially to Black and ethnic communities and populations. The Ové family is extremely proud that Black and Global Majority talent working behind the scenes today will receive support in his name to allow them to follow in his inspirational footsteps.”

Alex Pumfrey, CEO at The Film and TV Charity, added: “The Film and TV Charity is committed to help improve diversity and inclusion in the film, TV, and cinema industry, just as we are committed to concentrating resource where it is most needed or where barriers are steepest. We hope that the new Sir Horace Ové Grant is able to contribute to both of those aims and we are so proud to honour such an important industry figure in the process.”

For more information please contact:  

Mike Hird, Head of Marketing and Communications: 

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Bethan Davies Wykes, Communications Manager: 

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