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The Film and TV Charity introduces grant for Black and Global Majority industry workers

The grant is named after Sir Horace Ové CBE, known as the godfather of Black British filmmaking

The UK’s Film and TV Charity is introducing a new grant aimed at supporting the industry’s diverse workforce.

The £50,000 Sir Horace Ové Grant is aimed at Black and Global Majority people working in the industry, and will be awarded to support access to opportunities leading to paid work or to improving the chance of being offered paid work.

Each individual grant will be capped at £50 and covers contributions towards:

  • Child or adult care
  • Travel costs
  • Equipment upgrades
  • Membership of or subscriptions to professional bodies
  • Short vocational and professional development courses
  • Any combination thereof

Applicants will be asked to provide an impact statement detailing how the grant will support them in their career, alongside proof of eligibility and costs. Full eligibility requirements will be made available on the Charity’s website in advance of the grant funds’ launch at the end of November 2022.

The grant is named after Sir Horace Ové CBE, who was knighted in the 2022 New Year Honours List for services to media. Known as the godfather of Black British filmmaking, he directed the first Black British feature film, Pressure, in 1976.

The grant has been developed with the endorsement of his family, with his daughter, actor Indra Ové. She said: “Breaking down barriers was always at the heart of what Horace did, to educate and open doors, especially to Black and ethnic communities and populations. The Ové family is extremely proud that Black and Global Majority talent working behind the scenes today will receive support in his name to allow them to follow in his inspirational footsteps.”

Alex Pumfrey, CEO at The Film and TV Charity, added: “The Film and TV Charity is committed to help improve diversity and inclusion in the film, TV, and cinema industry, just as we are committed to concentrating resource where it is most needed or where barriers are steepest. We hope that the new Sir Horace Ové Grant is able to contribute to both of those aims and we are so proud to honour such an important industry figure in the process.”