Emerging Indie Fund

Channel 4's Emerging Indie Fund is now open for applications.

Applications are now open for the Emerging Indie Fund 2021, an opportunity for indies in the Nations and Regions to receive slate development funding and increased access to commissioners and other departments within Channel 4.

The scheme aims to support the indie sector, and nurture emerging indie talent from the Nations and Regions and help them to grow their business through Channel 4 investment.


The Emerging Indie Fund combines slate funding with ongoing support from Channel 4 to help awardees achieve business sustainability and strong relationships within the channel.

Awardees will receive slate development funding to help them develop programme ideas, and will have a direct relationship with a relevant commissioning editor, who will meet with the indie on a regular basis to discuss their slate.

They will also meet regularly with the Head of Indie Relations, who will advise them on working with Channel 4 and growing their company, and will access a series of online sessions with key departments within the channel, such as Finance, Corporate Affairs and Scheduling.


To be eligible for Emerging Indie Fund, companies must be a ‘true indie’ (in which no one broadcaster holds more than 25% of its shareholding), with a sole or primary office in the Nations and Regions, and a slate of content in development that is suitable for Channel 4. Turnover must be below £3m according to the company’s latest set of accounts.


We’re looking for new, distinct voices and stories that are aligned with Channel 4’s editorial priorities and Future4 strategy.


Applications should be made through the online application form

If you require any support in submitting your application or need this information in a different format, please contact us on eifund@channel4.co.uk to outline your access needs.


We will be hosting an online Q&A to answer any questions about the Emerging Indie Fund on 8th October at 12:30pm.

The event is free to attend but places are limited. Click here to register now for the event.


The deadline for applications is 9am on Friday 15th October 2021.

Eligible applications will be assessed by the Emerging Indie Fund team – Rebecca Thompson, Head of Indie Relations, and Emma Hardy, Director of Commissioning Operations, as well the relevant commissioning editor from each genre.

Applications will assessed according to the following selection criteria:

  • Alignment with Channel 4’s editorial priorities – including commitment to Channel 4’s Future4 strategy
  • Development slate – indies must have a slate of ideas suitable for broadcast on Channel 4
  • Ability to benefit – indies should be at the right moment in their company journey to benefit from Channel 4’s support

We aim to respond to all applicants by 8th November. Unfortunately, we are not able to give feedback on unsuccessful applications.


Please read our Terms and Conditions, and then CLICK HERE to submit your application.


  • Channel 4 Emerging Indie Fund 2020 Awardees
  • 4Producers – commissioning guidelines from all Channel 4’s genre departments

Please contact Rebecca Thompson at eifund@channel4.co.uk if you have any questions about the fund.