Emerging Indie Fund

Channel 4's Emerging Indie Fund is now closed for 2021.

The Emerging Indie Fund is 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 are now closed for 2021. We aim to announce the process for applying again in autumn 2022. 

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.


  • 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.