Northern Film & Media has joined forces with The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund to launch a North East Travel and Subsistence (NETS) Fund which will be piloted between March 2016 and March 2017. The NETS Fund is financed by CTBF, held and distributed by NFM, and jointly administered between the two organisations.

The NETS Fund has been designed to help level the playing field for experienced film and television industry professionals based in the North East of England whose welfare and professional security is being put at risk by having to absorb extra travel and subsistence costs stemming from the increasingly London and Manchester-centred nature of the media industry.

Open to applicants with at least two years of professional experience in any behind-the-camera role right through the film and television value chain, the NETS Fund will offer quick turnaround awards of £150 to £1,500. Individuals may apply on a one-off or repeated basis, with an annual ceiling of £1,500 per person. NETS Fund awards will help meet the additional costs of travel, accommodation and other out-of-pocket expenses incurred by North East media professionals who have to travel out of the region within the UK to build their client base, meet with commissioners and purchasers, or to access training and professional networks to help develop their careers. (Please note that attendance at international festivals is covered separately by NFM's Market Access Fund). No match funding is required. 

Awards are offered on a fast-turnaround basis, with decisions made within three working days of application and payments made within three working days of acceptance of the award. 

Who Can Apply? Key Eligibility Criteria 

  • You must have two years’ professional experience in a behind-the-camera role, anywhere in the value chain: production, post-production or exhibition. Your two years’ experience may have been achieved cumulatively or consecutively.
  • You must be resident in the North East of England (County Durham, Northumberland, Teesside, and Tyne and Wear).
  • If working outside the North East of England you must be doing so on a self-employed basis, or if you are on PAYE it must be through your own company. The NETS Fund is not a travel-to-work scheme and permanent or other PAYE-registered employees of companies based outside the North East are ineligible for this Fund, even if resident in the region. 
  • This is a welfare fund, therefore successful applications must evidence some kind of need which an Award will alleviate.

Applications must be made online; click here for the application form. Before making an application please download and read these guidance notes. If you are applying for a follow-up meeting or event and your circumstances have not changed since your initial application please use this shorter reapplication form.

If you have any questions around making an application please contact the Fund Managers by email.





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