Investing in new diverse content ideas

Development funding is for researching or writing scripts or treatments. We mostly contribute to Scripted projects such as drama; and occasionally to Factual projects such as a documentary.


Our development funding helps content makers structure a concept; for example to develop treatments and scripts. It is primarily for drama and animation projects, because these are high cost, high risk genres where more certainty is required before production funding can be considered. It is also occasionally allocated to complex factual series where significant research is needed to test whether there is adequate material available to tell the story.

We usually require a co-investment by the platform supporting a development funding application. However in late 2016, we revised our criteria to extend the range of scripted drama and comedy development projects. We will now support a limited number of eligible projects with first-stage development funding without the support of a platform. Please read more about the Diverse Development Initiative below.

We publish a full list of funded development projects at the end of each year in our Annual Reports. We don't publish before this as projects in development remain confidential to the creator.

Development funding does not guarantee production funding.

Apply for funding

All applications for Content Development funding must be made through our online application system, Eric.

Please read the guidelines below before completing an application.

Content development applications can made to any of the five annual fundings rounds.

Please be aware that all your applications are covered by the Official Information Act - read more here.