REACH funding


REACH is a grant award for aimed at companies requiring business and product development support.

REACH requires a minimum of 50% cash match funding and all expenditure must be spent externally and evidenced. REACH awards cannot be retrospective. This award is not for company overheads or payroll of existing employees.

The maximum amount awarded for REACH is £5000. Awards of £1,000 – £3,000 are the maximum likely to be awarded for higher risk development, i.e. new start-ups or companies with fewer than 2 employees.


We are looking for distinctive, ambitious and high-quality activity that may be critically and/or commercially driven. We are looking for projects that have a clearly defined outcome (i.e. clear route to market with the direct goal of winning future business).

Projects and companies should be commercially viable, of high quality, with a suitably experienced team attached (or looking to attach) that will give investors confidence. Priority will be given to those companies that have interest from a commissioner/ broadcaster/ investor.

Looking to apply? Please ensure you read the guidelines and follow our application checklist (below).


North East Screen’s REACH scheme is funded by the North East Screen Industries Partnership (NESIP).


The Application Checklist 

Application Form 

Business Eligibility Form

EDI Form  

Budget/Funding Template  

Your application will only be considered if you have sent us the above. 

Please note: all applications for funding must be for future spend. We cannot award funding for projects or activity where money has already been spent.



We will open the application process periodically.

This year’s REACH timetable:

7th October 2024 – R8 Launch

4th November 2024 – R8 Applications Close

2nd December 2024 – R8 Awarded


6th January 2025 – R9 Launch

3rd February 2025 – R9 Applications Close

3rd March 2025 – R9 Awarded