CBC-APTN Early Stage Scripted Development Program for Indigenous Creators in association with the ISO - ISO-BEA

Maximum Funding Amounts

  • Based on project needs, up to a maximum of $30,000

Program Overview

This moment marks an exciting opportunity for CBC and APTN to work together to support project and talent development given the creation of a new MOU between the two broadcasters. The expanded mandate of the ISO provides an opportunity to support program design, outreach and engagement.

This program will create an opportunity for an Indigenous project and professional development for creators with projects still in the pre-development phase. This would allow CBC and APTN executives to work closely with the producers and/or writers to provide a unique opportunity for the project to move into the development and the production phase.

This program will offer opportunities for up to three (3) emerging television creators to access CBC and APTN executives and custom tailored support for each project with the aim of getting their project to the next stage of development, and ultimately into production.

Note: Intellectual Property Rights will be retained by creator in the pre-developement stage, if a project is selected to move forward to development stage, rights will be negotiated with broadcaster(s).

Program Summary

Who Can Apply

For Indigenous screen-based creatives.


Indigenous project and professional development for creators.

Project Stage


Key Dates

Opening Date

Closing Date

Submission Process and Notification

Applications must be completed in the ISO portal iso-bea.smapply.io and submitted by July 28, 2023. The portal will close at the deadline and applications will not be accepted after that time.

  • Funding notifications can be expected one (1) month following the deadline;
  • Administrative follow ups may be conducted via email for additional information on the application if required;

Program Eligibility Criteria

The spirit and intent of ISO funding is to support Indigenous storytelling and Indigenous companies and organizations that are controlled by Indigenous people, who have decision-making authority and creative control.

For the purposes of ISO programs, “Indigenous” is defined as status and non-status First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples of Canada. All applicants must be residents of Canada and have spent 8 months out of the last year living in Canada.

Please consult the Building Trust and Accountability: Report on Eligibility in the Indigenous Screen Sector which informs the ISO in regards to Indigenous identity, relationality, and access to funding programs. We also encourage applicants to consult the ISO’s working document on identity: ISO Policies and Processes for Eligibility in Relation to Indigenous Identity.

General Eligibility Criteria

  • First Nations, Inuit and Métis writers and/or producers residing in Canada
  • Applicants who own, have secured the rights to the original IP, or can demonstrate that rights are available to them
  • Maximum of two (2) people per project
  • Must have experience working in their field with at least two (2) credits as producer, director or writer of screen-based content including feature film, short film, or web-based series
  • Must apply with one scripted project suitable for development, without broadcaster funding attached and still at the pre- and early-development stage

Program Activities

The program will run from September 2023 to the end of March 2024 and will provide custom tailored training and support in areas such as:

  • Development of bible, character and story arcs, and scripts
  • Building broadcaster relationships
  • Industry standards and practices re: development
  • Building a team
  • Pitching the project
  • Budgeting
  • Broadcast requirements
  • And more

Application Requirements

Requirements for this program include:

  • Project description
  • Pitch document or creative outline detailing the shows
  • Audience, tone, genre, characters, key environment, story, and the elements that define it as a ‘singular’ series that will speak to audiences
  • Answer to the question: What do you need, in terms of training and professional development support for your team and your project?
  • Bios and CVs for key creatives

In addition to the requirements applicants can include an optional short pitch video in the application.

Funding Process and Priorities

This program will be assessed by a peer review committee made up of representatives from APTN, CBC and the ISO.

The scoring criteria will be based on the following:

  • Vision and strength of the project idea
  • The viability of the project and readiness, including its leads, scope and timeline;
  • Impact, including the advancement of the applicant’s career within Indigenous storytelling and possible enrichment of the cultural life of relational community(ies) or contribution to the Indigenous Screen Sector.

Program Closure

If applicants wish to access the application in the portal, they must contact funding@iso-bea.ca within 10 business days of the program’s closure. The ISO will provide a downloaded copy if requested. Otherwise, all in-progress applications will be deleted 10 business days after the program has been officially closed.

Accessibility and Accomodation

The ISO provides up to $500.00 CAD in additional funding to cover accessibility costs incurred during the stages of applying for funding, completing a project, and writing your final report. Requests for support are encouraged at least two (2) weeks prior to the application due date.

If you have barriers to access including but not limited to language, internet or physical barriers, please contact the ISO to discuss accommodations and support at funding@iso-bea.ca.

Support may include telephone or video application submission, language interpretation, or support worker assistance. Equipment purchases are not eligible for accessibility support.

General Criteria

All applicants to ISO programs must confirm they have read the General Funding Guidelines prior to submitting an application.

Eligibility Review

An initial review for eligibility and missing documentation will be conducted by the ISO Program Manager. The ISO program manager will reach out if any of this information is needed and applicants will be given a short period (maximum 10 days) to submit anything outstanding.

Ineligible or incomplete applications can be withdrawn at any time in the process. Applicants will be notified by the ISO when the application is withdrawn.


If at any time, an Applicant, as required by the Criteria or as requested by the ISO, provides false information or omits or misrepresents material information in connection with an application, including with respect to Indigenous identity, such provision of false information, omission or misrepresentation will be considered an event of default and the ISO may exercise the following contractual rights:

  • termination of any contracts, including any remedies thereunder;
  • denial of eligibility for existing and future funding;
  • repayment of any funds already advanced; and
  • civil and potential criminal prosecution, in the case of fraud.

These measures may be imposed not only on the Applicant but also on related, associated and affiliated companies and individuals that are parties to the application. Any Applicant receiving approval for funding will be required to sign a legally enforceable agreement, which includes provisions concerning misrepresentations, defaults, and related matters.

Final Reporting

A final report will be required within three months following the completion of the project. Applicants with overdue final reports will not be eligible for ISO funding until the report is submitted and approved.

Recognition of Contribution

When sharing information about your participation in the proposed activity, please also tag the ISO on any social media posts related to this contribution:

  • Instagram – indigenousscreen
  • Twitter – screen_office
  • Facebook – ISO.BEA

Questions are encouraged and may be directed at any time to funding@iso-bea.ca.

Maximum Funding Amounts

  • Based on project needs, up to a maximum of $30,000

How to Apply

Please read and complete the following steps prior to submitting your application.

  1. Read the ISO General Funding Guidelines Policy

  2. Read the ISO Determining Indigenous Identity Guide

  3. You are ready to complete the application in the ISO Apply Portal

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