Canada - Scotland Co-development Incentive for Television and Digital Media Content


The Canada Media Fund (CMF) and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) are offering a new funding incentive for the development of screen-based projects between Canadian and Scottish Producers. The Incentive has also been supported by Screen Scotland.

The aim of the incentive is to encourage businesses working in television production to work internationally, improve connections with international broadcasters, encourage innovation and consider the possibilities of multiple distribution platforms and digital innovation. The incentive will support projects that have the potential to be high quality broadcast productions and/or digital innovations, developed with the aim of a commission and transmission from broadcasters in both Scotland and Canada.

The total amount of funding available through the Incentive is $300,000 (CAD) – approximately £200,000 with approximately $150,000 (CAD) contributed by the CMF and approximately $150,000 (CAD) contributed by HIE and Screen Scotland.

The maximum that can be awarded to any project is $50,000(CAD).

To be eligible, television projects must be in the drama, documentary, animation, or education genres, or digital media content made for other platforms, including web series, transmedia projects, and virtual or augmented reality.

This incentive is open to companies across Scotland with applications from companies based in the Highlands and Islands region particularly encouraged. We also encourage applications that have equalities, diversity and inclusion as a key consideration of the project.


To view the full guidelines, including project eligibility, please click here. This link will take you to all required documentation and templates. The same information needs to be submitted to HIE and CMF. The Scottish submissions should be sent to or alternatively posted to Iain Hamilton, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, An Lòchran, 10 Inverness Campus, Inverness, IV2 5NA.

The closing date for applications is 10thDecember 2019.

Please note:

There are two distinct differences between the Canadian and the Scottish side of the scheme. Money awarded to the Scottish partner is not recoupable even if the project successfully goes into production, and Canadian partners need to provide a letter of interest from a broadcaster, which the Scottish production does not, however additional support of this type will strengthen the application.


If you are interested in identifying a Canadian partner, the online tool here is a great starting point. There is also valuable information on the Canadian market and other potential sources of information. Please remember that we can provide introduction opportunities but are not recommending any specific partner.


There will be an announcement regarding webinars providing additional information and advice for anyone considering applying to this scheme. The dates of these will be announced shortly and full details of how to access them made available. Please watch out for updates or sign up the XpoNorth newsletter here.

XpoNorth is a creative industries support service for HIE.

If you are Highlands and Islands based, you can raise questions about the scheme itself, or access a specialist adviser for more in-depth support, by completing the request form here.

On submission, you will be contacted to arrange a time for a session with the adviser.

For the rest of Scotland, further support is available by contacting Screen Scotland.


Screen Scotland also offers a range of programmes to support the screen sector, including support for co-development and co-production. For more information on what is available, please click here.

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