Schools Screen Education Fund

Funding to support schools across Scotland in their delivery of film and screen education.


Screen Scotland believes that screen literacy is a fundamental right for everyone, and our aim is to inspire and equip people across Scotland to be able to access, enjoy, understand, create, explore and share film and screen throughout their lives. As such, we want to support Scotland’s Early Years, Primary and Secondary institutions to deliver film and screen education experiences to their children and young people.

What are the priorities and purpose of the Schools Screen Education Fund?

The Schools Screen Education Fund exists to support programmes of work with the potential to develop increased understanding of the potential of screen education and support the provision of screen education and the new curriculum in a school setting.

Supported programmes will be expected to share the outcomes and learning from their activities (which should be articulated in the End of Project Monitoring Form) with the wider screen education community and, on request, through active engagement with organisations supported by Screen Scotland to deliver training, peer-to-peer support and mentoring related to screen education.

Working with partners and educators, Screen Scotland aims to support the provision of screen education for all children and young people – for learning, for life and for work.

What can I apply for?

There are two types of screen education project that can be applied for through this fund:

1. You can apply to test an element of the new draft Film and Screen curriculum with classes from Early Years to S3 to a maximum of 10 weeks.

You can apply for funds to cover the cost of delivering this, including:

  • A specialist Screen Educator in Residence
  • Filmmaking equipment hire and/or purchase for up to 10% of your project’s total budget

Screen Scotland’s Screen Education Team will assist you in the recruitment of a suitable Screen Educator in Residence.

2. You can design a screen education project for your school and apply for funds to cover a range of costs to plan and deliver your project, including:

  • Delivery of screen education activities

  • Specialist screen education practitioners or tutors

  • Professional development and training

  • Filmmaking equipment hire and/or purchase for up to 10% of your total ask from Screen Scotland

  • Venue hire

  • Materials and resources costs

  • Access costs
    (i.e., additional costs required to deliver the programme to participants with specific needs, for example language interpreters including BSL, increased costs for venue accessibility, transport, childcare).

Who can apply?

This fund is open to schools who work within Early Years, Primary or Secondary stages. Schools can apply for work delivered in partnership with individuals, organisations and other constituted groups based in Scotland, whose proposed activities meet the criteria of this fund. This can include - but is not limited to - local authorities, arm’s length external organisations, colleges, universities, cinemas, film festivals, libraries or media access centres.

Applications should be submitted by one lead school, with letters of commitment from any named partners.

If you are not a school but are seeking funding to deliver projects that provide new or develop existing screen education opportunities, please instead consider applying to our Screen Education Fund.

How much can I apply for?

The minimum lower limit for applications is £500 per project. The maximum upper limit is £5,000 per project.

How to apply

If you are interested in developing a project for this fund, you must discuss your plans with a member of the Screen Scotland Screen Education Team in advance of any application being made.

To do this, please make contact in the first instance by email to [email protected] 

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis without deadlines.

When applying for this fund, please ensure you have read the Guidance and Privacy Notice fully before you complete the application form.

The application form, available to download below, should be submitted along with all supporting materials to [email protected]  


Download the Schools Screen Education Fund Guidance (PDF, opens in a new window)

Download the Schools Screen Fund Application Form (Word doc, opens in a new window)

View the Privacy Notice

Monitoring and Reporting on a funded activity

Download the Equalities Monitoring Form (Word, opens in a new window)

Download the Schools Screen Education Fund Interim Project Monitoring form (Word, opens in a new window)

Download the Schools Screen Education Fund End of Project monitoring form (Word, opens in a new window)

If you have any further questions about this fund, please contact our Enquiries Service. You can do this by email, through our website or social media. 

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