Policy paper

Contestable Fund: Final Scope

How DCMS is supporting public service content for young audiences and audio through the pilot Contestable Fund


Contestable Fund: Final Scope


This paper, published by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, sets out the final scope of the Contestable Fund and announces new elements including:

  • Up to £57 million will be assigned to the Young Audiences Content Fund to support public service content for audiences up to 18.
  • Up to £3 million will be assigned to the Audio Content Fund to support all public service audio content on radio.
  • Support for UK indigenous language content, with a target aspiration of 5% of the awards distributed.
  • The introduction of development funding as part of the Young Audiences Content Fund, with 5% of the fund being used to support small and emerging producers.

Further guidance, including how to apply, will be published by the fund administrators in early 2019. The pilot Contestable Fund will be open for funding applications in April 2019.

Published 19 October 2018