Sector Development Archives - ISO-BEA

Maximum Funding Amounts

The ISO is not recommending request amounts for this program. Funding requests should be in line with the project scope, and expected impact. First Nations, Inuit, Métis Collectives or Ad Hoc Groups can request a maximum of $100,000.00.

Program Overview

The Sector Development program is designed to support a wide array of initiatives and projects that aim to strengthen and grow the Indigenous screen sector.

Workshops, labs, incubators, research projects, community based programs, and funding for organizations whose mandate is to develop the Indigenous screen sector should consider applying to this program.

The ISO has partnered with educational institutions, non-profit youth programs, Indigenous-owned production companies, broadcasters, film festivals, art centres, and other organizations to support their activities and mission. This funding can be leveraged to build capacity within an organization, or to support the delivery of a program, workshop, conference or lab.

The Sector Development program aims to support the development of the entire professional pathway from emerging to established creators and projects.

Program Summary

Who Can Apply

Funding for workshops, labs, incubators, research projects, community based programs, and organizations whose mandate is to develop the Indigenous screen sector.

Description

Designed to support a wide array of initiatives and projects that aim to strengthen and grow the Indigenous screen sector.

Key Dates

Opening Date

Closing Date

Rolling deadline or until .

Contribution Amounts

The ISO is not recommending request amounts for this program. Funding requests should be in line with the project scope, and expected impact.

Applicants who are proposing a new initiative or pilot program are encouraged to ensure their budget is in line with the scope and impact of their project. A demonstrated track record is an important part of the assessment criteria, and new initiatives should ensure their rationale and external support are clearly articulated in the application.

First Nation, Inuit, Métis Collectives or Ad Hoc Groups:
$100,000.00

  • Projects that are awarded $250,000.00 and above will be subject to a hold-back of 3% of total funding, pending the completion of the project and an up to date cost report and schedule of project revenues and expenditures;
  • A maximum 10% of the total budget can be allocated towards producer fees;
  • Capital expenditures must be limited to 15% of the overall funding request (when applicable), and a strong rationale must be provided, as well as a long term management plan;
  • Recipients may receive less than the request amount as approved by the ISO.

General Criteria and Eligibility

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

Indigenous Identity and Project Ownership

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.

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.

Applicants to ISO Funding Programs program:

  • Must own, control, or have optioned 100% of the project copyright;
  • Must not receive funding from other ISO programs for the same project activities or initiative. For example, funding for trainees cannot be included in another application to ISO Funding Programs;
  • Must be able to accept a direct deposit in the name of the applicant;
  • Must show proof that the Indigenous creatives/project leads/managers/board members have final decision making authority;
  • Applicants whose project includes the hiring, selecting and/or engaging of First Nations, Inuit, and /or Métis employees, trainees, mentees or other, must adhere to the ISO Policies and Processes for Eligibility in Relation to Indigenous Identity;
  • Must not be in a state of bankruptcy within the meaning of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (Canada);
  • Must be in good standing with ISO, with no outstanding final reports, defaults or pending complaints or investigations.

Eligible Applicant

Company

  • Indigenous-controlled: minimum 51% ownership by person/s who are First Nations, Inuit or Métis who is/are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada;
  • The project is under the financial and creative control of Indigenous persons; two of the three key members of the creative team (director, screenwriter, showrunner/creative producer) must be Indigenous;
  • Registered as a corporation with its head office in Canada;
  • Main activity of the company is the production or support of screen-based content, including TV, film, web, digital narrative content, and XR (VR, AR);

Indigenous Non-Profit Organizations or Registered Charities

  • Must be Indigenous led, with a 51% Indigenous-majority Board of Directors and Indigenous-majority staff in key decision-making roles (ie. Executive Director, Artistic Director, Managing/Operations Director, Director of Finance, etc.);
  • Must be an incorporated non-profit organization with head office in Canada;
  • Includes: festivals, associations, arts service organizations, and training institutes.

First Nation, Inuit or Métis Collective or Ad Hoc Group

  • Indigenous-led (if two members, both must be Indigenous, if more than two, the majority of the collective/group must be persons who are First Nations, Inuit or Métis), by citizens or permanent residents of Canada who have resided in Canada for at least eight months over the last one-year period;
  • The project is under the financial and creative control of Indigenous persons, two of the key members of the creative team (director, screenwriter, showrunner/creative producer) must be Indigenous;
  • Main activity of the collective/group is the production or support of screen-based content, including TV, film, web, digital narrative content, and XR (VR, AR)

First Nation, Inuit or Métis Band Office or Registered community or Settlement

  • Must currently be recognized as an Indigenous nation/established community;
  • The project is under the financial and creative control of Indigenous persons, two of the three key members of the leadership or creative team (director, screenwriter, showrunner/creative producer;
  • Must demonstrate capacity for undertaking a screen-based project, community interest, and support;
  • Can accept a direct deposit in the name of the applicant.

BIPOC Non-Profit Organizations or Registered Charities

  • Must be led by people who are Black, Indigenous or People of Colour, with a 51% BIPOC-majority Board of Directors and BIPOC-majority staff in key decision-making roles (ie. Executive Director, Artistic Director, Managing/Operations Director, Director of Finance, etc.);
  • Must be an incorporated non-profit organization with head office in Canada;
  • A demonstrated commitment to supporting the Indigenous screen sector through funding, programs, and targeted outreach;
  • Funding must be for a specific project that has confirmed participation by Indigenous creators, and funding must be directed towards the Indigenous participants or creators.

Other Non-Profit Organizations or Charities

  • A limited number of partnerships may be considered for non-profit organizations that are non-Indigenous or non-BIPOC for projects that are led by Indigenous people, that include a contribution of funding and/or resources from the applicant organization, and that have a clear benefit to Indigenous screen creators;
  • A demonstrated commitment to supporting the Indigenous screen sector through funding, programs, and targeted outreach;
  • Confirmation of other financing or funding is required.

Program Criteria

The Sector Development program aims to support the development of the entire professional pathway from emerging to established creators and projects, such as:

  • Early Stage: Youth programs, workshops for emerging creators, research initiatives, resources and toolkits, etc.
  • Mid-Stage: Incubators, professional development opportunities, production training placements, targeted mentorship, festival programming, etc.
  • Advanced Stage: Executive positions, high-level production training, special initiatives that build the profile for the Indigenous screen sector nationally or internationally, etc.

Sector Development can also be used for Indigenous companies and organizations to build capacity internally, or to build capacity within the sector more broadly.

  • Internal funding: Projects developed within Indigenous companies or organizations that focus on capacity building for organizations whose principal mandate is to grow the Indigenous screen sector, hiring staff and creating employment opportunities, engaging consultants, community consultations, etc.
  • External funding: Providing services, workshops, and training opportunities to the Indigenous screen community. Activities that are offered through a selection process, call for applications, are submission based, etc.

Applicants to this program must:

  • Be able to demonstrate the potential to impact the Indigenous screen sector and a number of Indigenous participants;
  • Be screen-based as their primary focus and have a track record in production (for production training) OR of delivering support, services or initiatives to Indigenous communities OR a specialized service or skill that addresses gaps in the Indigenous screen sector;
  • Have a plan for responding to, and engaging with participants or community members as part of their project;
  • Identify how they plan to track and report on impact;
  • If youth are engaged in the project, a plan for how the youth will be supported during the initiative, and how they will be followed up after the completion of the activities;
  • For production training, apprentices and mentors must be confirmed, OR a detailed recruitment plan must be submitted;
  • For production training, confirmed financing must be in place in order to bring on trainees.

Eligible Expenses

  • Project fees and expenses including participant fees, facilitator fees, mentor fees;
  • Program management and/or coordination;
  • Technology and facility expenses related to the project;
  • Travel costs for participants, trainees, or key collaborators (please note, applications focused exclusively on travel should refer to the Travel Funding program);
  • Community engagement and consultation work related to the project;
  • Organizational capacity building costs, clearly defined in the proposal and related to the administering of the project;
  • Other associated project costs clearly identified with project description. Please speak with the Program Manager for any questions related to additional eligible expenses specific to your proposal.

Non-Eligible Expenses

  • Non-Indigenous for-profit companies, including production companies;
  • Development or Production costs;
  • Individuals;
  • Operational or capacity related costs for non-Indigenous or non-BIPOC non-profit organizations or charities.

We encourage applicants to this program to meet with the ISO Sector Development Program Manager before completing an application. Please contact funding@iso-bea.ca to set up a meeting. If you are unsure if your project is eligible for this program, please reach out.

Eligibility Review

An initial review for eligibility and missing documentation will be conducted by the ISO Program Coordinator and Program Manager. The ISO Funding team will reach out if additional information is needed and applicants will be given a short period (maximum 10 business days) to submit any outstanding documents.

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.

Application Requirements

Applicants must supply the following information in the portal: ISO Apply. Details for each requirement can be found in the program in the ISO Apply portal, as well as in the Application Requirements checklist.

  • Eligibility Form
  • Applicant Information Form – Company, Organization or Educational Institute, Council, Community, or Settlement, Collective or Group
  • Project Information Form
  • Project Proposal 2024-2025
  • Project Timeline and Activities (template provided)
  • Budget (template provided)
  • Letters of Support
  • Support Materials
  • Bios and CVs
  • Community Engagement Plan (optional)
  • Application Requirements Checklist
  • Voluntary Personal Data (optional)
  • ISO Declaration

Submission Process and Funding Decision Notification

Applications must be submitted in the application portal at ISO Apply. Applications will be assessed on a continual basis until the funding is depleted. The ISO funding team will review applications approximately once a month when the program is open.

Funding notifications will be provided within 3-4 months after the application is submitted. Please expect delays for holiday closure in December.

Please refer to the “Program Closure” section for information about steps taken by the ISO once the funding has been depleted for the fiscal year.

Funding Process and Priorities

ISO staff will internally assess each application in line with the program focus and the assessment criteria as follows:

  • Impact: The proposal aims for the advancement of the Indigenous screen sector, promotion of cultural sovereignty and self-determination via project outcomes, skills development and support, innovation in activities and implementation of work, tangible outcomes for Indigenous screen-based creatives;
  • Feasibility: The project’s readiness to move forward, previous work in proposed area, demonstrated successes in delivering support, strong team and Indigenous leadership, focus on collaboration and meaningful partnership(s);
  • Application: Thoughtfulness, thoroughness, and clarity of application including complete documents, sound budget, clear articulation of project scope and goals, etc.;
  • Community engagement: Responsiveness to sectoral gaps and stated needs, connection to the involved communities and history of delivering support
  • Availability of funds, ISO mandate, and strategic goals;
  • Long term viability and sustainability: The proposal aims to build on the existing work in the Indigenous screen sector, advancing the learning and training outcomes for Indigenous screen based creatives, aims to create lasting infrastructure for Indigenous storytelling and cultural enrichment;
  • For non-Indigenous controlled non-profits or registered charities: Meaningful involvement from relevant industry partners and demonstrated commitment to the professional development of Indigenous creators.

The ISO also considers the following priorities during assessment and allocation of funding:

  • Regional and intersectional representation;
  • Availability of funds, ISO mandate, and strategic goals.

Program Closure

The Sector Development program has a rolling deadline, and therefore applications are assessed as they are submitted, and funding is allocated until the funding for the fiscal year has been depleted.

Once the funding has been depleted, the ISO will:

  • Close the program in ISO Apply;
  • Update the website, and announce the closure on social media and via the ISO newsletter.

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.

The ISO’s fiscal year is from April 1st to March 31st.

Requesting an Extension

Extensions to submit an application may be granted but must be submitted at least 10 business days in advance of program deadlines to determine eligibility. Requests for extensions can be emailed to funding@iso-bea.ca.

Accessibility Funding and Support

The ISO acknowledges that within the screen industry, numerous individuals require assistance beyond the conventional support offered by typical funding bodies. Consequently, the ISO will provide monetary support of up to $500.00 CAD on a case-by-case basis to address accessibility expenses during the application stages.

These expenses include but are not limited to;

  • Application writing and support;
  • Video or audio recording;
  • Equipment rentals;
  • Professional fees;
  • Language interpretation/translation fees;
  • Final report submission support.

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.

Misrepresentation

If at any time, an Applicant, as required or 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.

Accepting Funding and Contribution Agreement

All signatories of ISO Contribution Agreements must be Indigenous. Companies, collectives and non-profits with Indigenous and non-Indigenous owners, board members, and collective members must ensure the Indigenous representatives sign all contracts.

Exemptions are made in the Sector Development Program when the organization is non-Indigenous led or controlled.

Funding must be deposited into an account belonging to the Applicant. If applicants wish to update their company or Applicant information, they have 5 business days after their successful notice to update their information, by notifying funding@iso-bea.ca.

Final Reporting

A final report will be required within three months following the completion of the project. Any material changes to a project and its budget must be approved by ISO before funding can be transferred to different project activities. The final report template and requirements are made available through the application portal.

All applicants are contracted on a two year term in this program. Requests for extensions to submit final reports are submitted via ISO Apply and can be found in each program application while in the Final Report stage.

Applicants with outstanding final reports in any ISO program will not be eligible for further funding until the report is submitted and approved.

Applicants applying for two years of funding must submit an interim report halfway through the project activities. The interim report will be made available through the ISO Apply application portal.

Recognition of Contribution

Recipients must acknowledge ISO support with a textual reference and a bilingual animated logo in the credit sequence, or appropriate placement in the completed work, where applicable. ISO logos are available for download on the ISO website.

When sharing information about ISO funded projects or opportunities, Applicants are required to tag ISO on any social media posts related to this funding, and include the ISO logo when applicable:

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

Questions are encouraged at least two weeks prior to submission or the application closing date and may be directed at any time to funding@iso-bea.ca.

FAQ

Is the deadline of this program February 1st, 2025?
No. This program has a rolling deadline, which means the ISO reviews projects as they are submitted and allocates funding to successful projects until there is no more funding for the fiscal year. If there is still funding available by February 1st, 2025, we will close the program.
What is the demand for this program?
There is a high demand for the Sector Development program. We encourage you to apply ASAP to ensure you have access to the program while there is still funding available.
What is the average funding request for this program?
There isn’t an average allocation per project for this program. Because of the variety of projects we support, allocations are truly project dependent. We encourage applicants to apply ensuring their project is well-funded, successful, and will operate as intended. A reminder that the ISO can allocate less than the requested amount to successful projects.
What happens to my in-progress application if the program closes before I submit?
Please refer to the “Program Closure” section of the guidelines.
What happens to my application if I submit it, but the funding is allocated shortly thereafter?
The ISO will keep your application in the portal, and review your application at the start of the new fiscal year. This can mean an additional wait time for a decision on your application, and the ISO may request additional information if there have been updates to the program.
I have a small-scale initiative or project idea. Can I apply to this program?
Yes! Applications to the Sector Development program can be any size, as long as the rationale for how it benefits the Indigenous screen sector is articulated, and the applicant’s capacity to carry out the proposal is demonstrated. One Indigenous creative offering a workshop in their community is considered to be benefiting the Indigenous screen sector!
I’m not sure my project is a good fit for this program.
Reach out! funding@iso-bea.ca.

Maximum Funding Amounts

The ISO is not recommending request amounts for this program. Funding requests should be in line with the project scope, and expected impact. First Nations, Inuit, Métis Collectives or Ad Hoc Groups can request a maximum of $100,000.00.

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. Read the Sector Development Guidelines outlined on this page or download the PDF

  4. Complete the Sector Development application checklist

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

Deadline Reminder

Rolling basis application process – accepting applications until funding is depleted or until .

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Recognition of Contribution

Maximum Funding Amounts

  • $2,500 CAD for Canada-wide travel
  • $3,000 CAD for United States travel
  • $4,500 CAD for international travel

Note: Applicants are eligible for a maximum amount of $4,500 CAD per fiscal year. Recipients may receive less than the request amount as recommended by the ISO.

Program Overview

The ISO is offering Travel Funding to support Indigenous screen-based creatives for activities that require travel including festival and market attendance, conferences, community engagement, training opportunities, and artistic screen-based collaboration across Canada and internationally.
This funding is designed for:

  • Indigenous individuals who have a track record of working in screen-based content whose career and professional network would benefit from the proposed travel;
  • Emerging talent who can leverage a festival/conference/workshop into new learning opportunities, experiences, or professional development;
  • Established Indigenous screen-based creators and Indigenous-owned production companies who are executing an international, or new market strategy, and whose business would benefit from the proposed activities.

Application limits: For each project you can apply for up to 1 domestic premiere and 1 international premiere and possibly one more industry activity. (i.e. panel).

Program Summary

Who Can Apply

For Indigenous screen-based creatives.

Description

Supports travel for festival and market attendance, conferences, community engagement, training opportunities, and artistic screen-based collaboration across Canada and internationally.

Key Dates

Opening Date

Closing Date

Rolling deadline or until .

General Criteria and Eligibility

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

Indigenous Identity and Project Ownership

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.

Applicants to ISO Funding Programs:

  • Must not receive funding from other ISO programs for the same project activities or initiative. For example, funding for trainees cannot be included in another application to ISO Funding Programs;
  • Must be able to accept a direct deposit in the name of the applicant;
  • Companies applying on behalf of employees for travel must adhere to the ISO Policies and Processes for Eligibility in Relation to Indigenous Identity;
  • Must not be in a state of bankruptcy within the meaning of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (Canada).
  • Must be in good standing with ISO, with no outstanding final reports, defaults or pending complaints or investigations.

Eligible Applicant - Individuals and Sole Proprietors

  • Are a First Nations, Inuit or Métis person residing in Canada and who is a citizen or permanent resident of Canada;
  • Working in screen-based content, including TV, film, and web, gaming, apps, and XR (VR, AR);
  • The project is under the financial and creative control of the applicant; two of the three key members of the creative team (director, screenwriter, showrunner/lead producer) must be Indigenous;
  • Is not in a state of bankruptcy within the meaning of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (Canada).

Individual Applicants:

Please be advised the Canada Revenue Agency considers this funding as taxable income.

Sole Proprietors:

If you are applying as a sole proprietor, you may apply under your business name for the funding to be deposited to your business bank account. Please keep all expense receipts related to this funding to offset your tax obligations. Funds will not be deposited to an account in any name other than the applicant name.

Eligible Applicant - Companies

  • Indigenous-controlled: minimum 51% ownership by person/s who are First Nations, Inuit or Métis who is/are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada;
  • The project is under the financial and creative control of Indigenous persons; two of the three key members of the creative team (director, screenwriter, showrunner/creative producer) must be Indigenous;
  • Registered as a corporation with its head office in Canada;
  • Main activity of the company is the production or support of screen-based content, including TV, film, web, digital narrative content, and XR (VR, AR);
  • Is not insolvent or bankrupt, or in the course of the reorganization of its business within the meaning of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (Canada);

Applicants with feature films seeking support for group travel for a national/international premier or awards ceremony (with invitation/nomination) should reach out to the travel fund managers prior to starting an application.

Program Criteria

This funding is designed for:

  • Indigenous individuals who have a track record of working in screen-based content whose career and professional network would benefit from the proposed travel;
  • Emerging talent who can leverage a festival/conference/workshop into new learning opportunities, experiences, or professional development;
  • Established Indigenous screen-based creators and Indigenous-owned production companies who are executing an international, or new market strategy, and whose business would benefit from the proposed activities.
  • To support professional Indigenous screen-based creators in national and international project related industry events and opportunities;
  • To build on the Indigenous screen-based capacity at festivals, conferences, training opportunities, and new market opportunities;
  • To recognize the need for Indigenous screen-based creators to learn and develop their skills professionally with their communities, and through in-person conversation, sharing, and learning.

Application requirement details:

  • Application limits – Each project (film, VR, etc.) can apply for up to two (2) market or screening opportunities that require travel. If you require further support please refer to the Marketing, Promotion and Distribution Program;
  • Applicants cannot apply to fund the same proposed travel in another budget submitted to the ISO Funding Programs;
  • Applicants cannot fund the same portion of the proposed travel through another organization (including band offices, arts councils, etc);
  • Applicants applying to travel to a workshop or program that requires prior admittance must submit their letter of acceptance/invitation from the hosting organization;
  • Applicants cannot apply as a Production Company and an Individual in separate applications;
  • Applicants may include a maximum of two (2) proposed trips per fiscal year. Cannot exceed yearly maximum of $4,500.00;
  • Festival screenings must be within eighteen months of completion or premier.

International Applications

  • Festival attendance must have film screening and/or an official invite. Clearly state if this is a premier;
  • Market place attendance must have a slate of projects suited for the proposed market

Purchasing travel and medical insurance is at the discretion of the applicant and the ISO is not responsible for ensuring insurance has been acquired. The ISO is not liable for any lost, damaged, or stolen belongings of the applicant.

If a trip has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, the Applicant must return the portion of the unused funding to the ISO, with proof of payment for costs incurred prior to the trip. Funds can only be used for the trip specified in the application, you can not reassign funds to another trip.

Eligible Expenses

  • Air (economy class);
  • Ground transportation (trains, bus, cabs, uber, car rental, etc.);
  • Mileage $.55/km for personal vehicles only, up to a maximum of $400;
  • One checked baggage fee;
  • Event registration;
  • Accommodation, up to a maximum of $1500 for 6 nights in a standard room;
  • Per diem, up to $100 per day for a maximum of 6 days;
  • Child care costs up $100 per day for a maximum of 6 days (this applies uniformly, regardless of the number of children and the child must be travelling with you);
  • Other costs associated with the proposed travel.

Please note, only eligible expenses with supported documentation will be considered.

Non-Eligible Expenses

  • Costs associated with travelling for post-secondary courses;
  • Development, production and post production related travel costs;
  • Travels costs covered in other budgets submitted to ISO Funding Programs;
  • Reimbursements for travel costs incurred before the submission date, exception made for airfare cost;
  • Employees from organizations whose main purpose is industry support (i.e. training, funding, and/or festival activities) are not eligible to apply.

Eligibility Review

An initial review for eligibility and missing documentation will be conducted by the ISO Program Coordinator and Program Manager. The ISO Funding team will reach out if additional information is needed and applicants will be given a short period (maximum 10 business days) to submit any outstanding documents.

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.

Application Requirements

Applicants must supply the following information in the portal: ISO Apply. Details for each requirement can be found in the program in the ISO Apply portal, as well as in the Application Requirements checklist.

  • Eligibility Form
  • Applicant Information Form – Individual, Sole Proprietor, Company
  • Proposed Travel Information Form
  • Travel Funding Application
  • Personal Event Schedule
  • Budget
  • Transportation and Accommodation References
  • Support materials
  • Community Engagement Plan (optional)
  • Project Related Support Material(s)
  • Application Requirements Checklist
  • Voluntary Personal Data (optional)
  • ISO Declaration

Submission Process and Funding Decision Notification

Applications must be submitted in the application portal at ISO Apply. Applications will be assessed on a continual basis until the funding is depleted. The ISO funding team will review applications approximately once a month once the program is open.

Funding Notifications will be provided within 2-3 months after the application is submitted. Please expect delays for holiday closure in December.

Please refer to the “Program Closure” section for information about steps taken by the ISO once the funding has been depleted for the fiscal year.

Funding Process and Priorities

ISO staff will internally assess each application in line with the program focus and the assessment criteria as follows:

  • Strength, clarity and feasibility of plan, activities and outcomes;
  • Impact, including the career development of the applicant or company growth;
  • ISO strategic goals and funding availability.

The ISO also considers the following priorities during assessment and allocation of funding:

  • Regional and intersectional representation;
  • Availability of funds, ISO mandate, and strategic goals;
  • Thoughtfulness, thoroughness, and clarity of application;
  • Representation of Indigenous languages;
  • Sustainable production practices and that encourage environmental responsibility.

Program Closure

The Travel program has a rolling deadline, and therefore applications are assessed as they are submitted, and funding is allocated until the funding for the fiscal year has been depleted.

Once the funding has been depleted, the ISO will:

  • Close the program in ISO Apply;
  • Update the website, and announce the closure on social media and via the ISO newsletter.

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.

The ISO’s fiscal year is from April 1st to March 31st.

Accessibility Funding and Support

The ISO acknowledges that within the screen industry, numerous individuals require assistance beyond the conventional support offered by typical funding bodies. Consequently, the ISO will provide monetary support of up to $500.00 CAD on a case-by-case basis to address accessibility expenses during the application stages.

These expenses include but are not limited to;

  • Application writing and support;
  • Video or audio recording;
  • Equipment rentals;
  • Professional fees;
  • Language interpretation/translation fees;
  • Final report submission support.

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.

Misrepresentation

If at any time, an Applicant, as required or 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;
  • 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.

Accepting Funding and Contribution Agreement

All signatories of ISO Contribution Agreements must be Indigenous. Individuals and companies must ensure the Indigenous representatives sign all contracts.

Funding must be deposited into an account belonging to the Applicant. If Applicants wish to update their company or Applicant information, they have 10 business days after their successful notice to update their information, by notifying funding@iso-bea.ca.

Final Reporting

A final report, including a final budget and final personal event schedule 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.

Requests for extensions to submit final reports are submitted via ISO Apply and can be found in each program application while in the Final Report stage.

Applicants with outstanding final reports in any ISO program will not be eligible for further funding until the report is submitted and approved.

Recognition of Contribution

Recipients must acknowledge ISO support with a textual reference and a bilingual animated logo in the credit sequence, or appropriate placement in the completed work, where applicable. ISO logos are available for download on the ISO website.

When sharing information about ISO funded projects or opportunities, Applicants are required to tag ISO on any social media posts related to this funding, and include the ISO logo when applicable:

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

Questions are encouraged at least two weeks prior to submission or the application closing date and may be directed at any time to funding@iso-bea.ca.

FAQ

What is the demand for this program?
There is a high demand for the Travel program. We encourage you to apply as soon as you’re able to.
What happens to my in-progress application if the program closes before I submit?
Please refer to the “Program Closure” section of the guidelines.
I’m not sure my planned travel fits the program requirements. What should I do?
Reach out to funding@iso-bea.ca.
Is the deadline of this program March 1st, 2025?
No. This program has a rolling deadline, which means the ISO reviews projects as they are submitted and allocates funding to successful projects until the funding is depleted for the fiscal year. If there is still funding available by March 1st, 2025, we will close the program.
I’m no longer able to go on the trip I applied for, can I use the funds for a different trip?
If a trip has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, the Applicant must notify the ISO immediately and return the portion of the unused funding. Funds can only be used for the trip specified in your application, you can not reassign funds to another trip.
What happens if I apply less than 15 business days?
Applications received less than 15 business days prior to the proposed trip will be deemed ineligible and not considered.
If I have international film screening does that meet requirements for international travel?
While this does meet the minimum requirements, to strengthen your application we encourage you to include other event activities that you will be partaking in.
I’m an emerging filmmaker and am hoping to attend a large international marketplace, am I eligible to apply for travel?
You are eligible to apply however we strongly recommend that you are attending festivals and market places that suit your career level and goals.

Maximum Funding Amounts

  • $2,500 CAD for Canada-wide travel
  • $3,000 CAD for United States travel
  • $4,500 CAD for international travel

Note: Applicants are eligible for a maximum amount of $4,500 CAD per fiscal year. Recipients may receive less than the request amount as recommended by the ISO.

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. Read the Travel Fund Guidelines outlined on this page or download the PDF

  4. Complete the Travel Fund application checklist

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

Deadline Reminder

Rolling deadline application process. Accepting applications until funding is depleted, or until , whichever comes first.

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Maximum Funding Amounts

  • $60,000 for Apprenticeships
  • $25,000 for Cultural Mentorships

Program Overview

ISO has partnered with Netflix to provide funding to support training, professional development and culturally specific approaches for Indigenous on-screen content creators and Indigenous-owned production companies. There are two funding streams available:

  1. Apprenticeships: The intent of this funding is to support new opportunities for hands-on training and career progression for Indigenous creatives through all stages of production, or in a production studio. The apprentice(s) should have a record of production experience and demonstrate that this opportunity, with the support of the proposed mentor(s), will support their skills building and career development.
  2. Cultural Mentorships: This opportunity was created for Indigenous producers, directors and writers to be able to engage in cultural mentorship, community engagement, cultural learning, and protocols work during the pre-development, development, and production phases of their projects. This may include working with Elders, language speakers, knowledge keepers and/or community members to develop their project idea or to support their personal growth and development in their career as a screen-based storyteller. Indigenous owned production companies may apply for this funding to bring cultural mentor(s) on set for cultural learning, knowledge sharing, and to implement cultural and traditional practices related to the completion of a production.

Program Summary

Who Can Apply

For Indigenous on-screen content creators and Indigenous-owned production companies.

Description

Provides funding to support training, professional development and cultural specific approaches.

Key Dates

Opening Date

Closing Date

First deadline: September 20, 2023
Second deadline:

Program Goals

  • To create new training, career development and job opportunities for Indigenous screen-based creatives, with a focus on those who have gained experience in the sector and want to expand their skill set;
  • To build capacity within the sector, at all stages of production;
  • To support Indigenous producers, directors and writers to engage in cultural mentorship learning and protocols work during the development and production phases of their screen-based project;
  • To recognize and support Indigenous ways of working, which often requires extensive engagement, consultation and learning at the community level.

Submission Process and Notification

Applications must be completed in ISO Apply and be submitted by 5pm EST on the first deadline (September 20th, 2023) or the second deadline (December 7th, 2023). The portal will close at the deadline and applications will not be accepted after that time. Please expect delays for holiday closure in December.

  • Funding notifications can be expected 3-4 months following the deadline;
  • Administrative follow ups may be conducted via email for additional information on the application if required;
  • Please note, applicants may receive less than the request amount.

Program Eligibility Criteria

Please note the spirit and intent of ISO funding is to support Indigenous creators and companies 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.

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

  • Applicants must be screen-based as their primary focus, including TV, film, web, gaming, apps, and XR (VR, AR);
  • Applicants must own 100% of the copyright of the project and it be controlled or optioned by the applicant;
  • Production companies cannot receive funding from other ISO programs for the same training program or initiative. For example, funding for trainees cannot be included in another application to ISO Funding Programs;
  • Applicants must be able to accept a direct deposit in the name of the applicant;
  • Applicants may only submit one application per fiscal year to the funding program;
  • You must be in good standing with ISO.

Eligible Applicants

Individuals (including sole proprietors):

  • Are a First Nations, Inuit or Métis person residing in Canada and who is a citizen or permanent resident of Canada who has resided in Canada for at least eight months over the last one-year period;
  • Working in screen-based content, including TV, film, web, gaming, apps, and XR (VR, AR);
  • The project is under the financial and creative control of Indigenous persons; two of the three members of the key creative team (director, writer, showrunner/producer) must be Indigenous;
  • Is not in a state of bankruptcy within the meaning of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (Canada).

Individual Applicants (this includes sole proprietors):
Please be advised the Canada Revenue Agency considers this funding as taxable income.  Please keep all expense receipts related to these funds to offset your tax obligations. If you are registered as a sole proprietor, you must apply under your business name for the funding to be deposited to your business bank account. The funding will not be deposited to an account in any name other than the applicant name.

Companies:

  • Indigenous-controlled (minimum 51% ownership by person/s who are First Nations, Inuit or Métis);
  • The project is under the financial and creative control of Indigenous persons; two of the three members of the key creative team (director, writer, showrunner/producer) must be Indigenous;
  • Registered as a corporation with its head office in Canada;
  • Letters of incorporation, a shareholder registry, and bios for each owner of the company must be provided, as well as their individual percentage of ownership;
  • Main activity of the organization is the production or support of screen-based content, including TV, film, web, digital narrative content, and XR (VR, AR);
  • Is not insolvent or bankrupt, or in the course of the reorganization of its business within the meaning of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (Canada).

Program Categories

This program has two streams, which Indigenous-owned Companies and Indigenous Individuals may apply to:

  1. Indigenous-owned Production Companies: Indigenous-owned production companies may apply to this program to bring a maximum of four (4) Indigenous apprentices on a production or in studio. The production company must be 51% Indigenous owned, with two of the key creative roles (producer, director, writer, showrunner) held by an Indigenous person. The company must be registered in Canada.
  2. Indigenous Individuals: Indigenous individual creatives may apply directly to serve as an apprentice on a production, to apprentice in a studio, or to participate in a cultural mentorship.  For apprenticeships, the specialist who will be serving as mentor may be Indigenous or non-Indigenous. Cultural mentors must be Indigenous. The applicant must be a resident of Canada. Indigenous individuals may apply to be apprentices on any type of production but must have a confirmation letter of role and fee.

Apprenticeship Eligibility

  • Apprentices may be at any stage in their career (emerging, mid-career, experienced), but the opportunity must provide enhanced experience, training and professional development that will support career progression;
  • Apprentices must have demonstrated production experience;
  • For all apprenticeships (in development or production), the applicant must provide letters or contracts of confirmed public or broadcast funding (Telefilm, Canada Media Fund, Canada Council, provincial or territorial funding, Canadian broadcaster funding);
  • Apprentices must be working with a more senior professional with a demonstrated track record in their area of practice;
  • Apprentices must be compensated at an industry standard for their experience level and hours worked;
  • Apprentices cannot already be trained in a role they are already credited in on the production;
  • Apprentices must be Indigenous, however, the mentor may be non-Indigenous;
  • Apprentices must be residents of Canada;
  • One production company may submit ONE application with up to four (4) apprentices. However, the maximum total request cannot exceed $60,000.00 for apprenticeships.

Cultural Mentorship Eligibility

  • Cultural Mentors must be compensated a minimum of $500 per single engagement (Applicants are encouraged to reach out to funding@iso-bea while drafting their application if this is not possible);
  • Cultural Mentors must be confirmed and provide a signed letter confirming their participation and short bio;
  • An applicant can engage up to three (3) cultural mentors. The maximum total request cannot exceed $25,000.00 for cultural mentorships;
  • Applicants must provide contextual and project-specific rationale for the selection of the Cultural Mentor(s).

Screen-based projects in all genres are eligible for apprenticeships. The following types of productions are eligible:

  • Feature-length works;
  • Television series;
  • Web series;
  • VR/AR/XR, 360, video games, digital, and interactive works;
  • Ongoing studio work.

Training and professional development for the following key creative roles are eligible for apprenticeships:

  • Producer;
  • Director;
  • Screenwriter;
  • Showrunner;
  • Editor;
  • Director of Photography;
  • Costume Designer;
  • Sound Designer;
  • Production Designer;
  • Lighting Designer;
  • Animation/Effects.

If your position or project type falls outside of the lists, please reach out to funding@iso-bea.ca to discuss your specific opportunity.

Other Eligibility Criteria

  • Apprentices, mentors, and cultural mentors must be confirmed in order to apply as these are key to the assessment process;
  • Applicants may only apply to either the Apprenticeship Program OR the Cultural Mentorships Program per deadline;
  • You must be in good standing with ISO;
  • Applicants cannot be listed as a mentee in one application and as a mentor in a different application in the funding program.

Production companies cannot receive funding from other ISO programs for the same training program or initiative. Example: If you apply for ISO Production Funding, you cannot have the proposed apprentice listed in the budget or as a key creative. The intent of the program is to create new opportunities for training.

If you have an apprenticeship or training program that will support more than four (4) roles please speak with the Program Manager for the Sector Development Funding.

Eligible Expenses may include, but are not limited to;

  • Apprentice, mentee and mentor fees;
  • Apprentice/mentee travel and living expenses;
  • Accessibility costs during production, post production and in studio, as needed;
  • Fees and honorariums for guests, Elders, or community engagement;
  • Hospitality, food and gifting expenses;
  • Technology costs, including purchasing of equipment and software, when applicable;
  • Translation and language support;
  • Project-specific expenses.

Application Requirements

For Indigenous-owned production companies:

  • Articles of incorporation, and/or relevant ownership agreements, including individual percentages of ownership;
  • Bio(s) and CV(s) for confirmed apprentice(s)/mentee(s) as well as contact information;
  • Bio(s) and CV(s) of mentor(s);
  • Signed letter from apprentice(s) confirming participation;
  • Signed letter from mentor(s) confirming their participation;
  • Community engagement plan, as applicable;
  • Budget related to the apprenticeship or cultural mentorship with ISO funding separated;
  • Project information including: scope of work, plan of execution and intended impact.

Project Information required:

  • Project logline, series/content bibles, demo reel(s), trailer(s), lookbook(s), links to game play, prototype(s), community engagement plan;
  • Complete Production or Development Budget and Financial Structure;
  • Confirmation letter(s) or signed contract(s) for confirmed public development or production funding;
  • Production or development schedule.

For individual applicants:

  • Bio and resume/CV;
  • Project information including: scope of work, plan of execution and intended impact;
  • A signed letter of confirmation from production team, mentor(s) or cultural mentor(s);
  • Bio of mentor(s);
  • Budget, with ISO funding separated;
  • Community engagement plan, as applicable;
  • Timeline and/or work plan that clearly articulates the apprenticeship over the course of development, production, or in studio;
  • Training plan with milestones.

The ISO Program Manager will reach out to the confirmed mentees for a maximum of two (2) check-ins.

Funding Process And Priorities

ISO staff will internally assess each application in line with the program focus and the assessment criteria.

The following priorities may be considered as part of the assessment process:

  • Regional representation;
  • Representation of diverse Indigenous perspectives and intersections including women and 2SLGBQTIAP+;
  • Emerging voices;
  • Representation of Indigenous languages.

The assessment criteria will be based on the following:

  • The apprentice or mentee has a demonstrated commitment to working in the screen sector;
  • The mentor has the expertise and/or cultural knowledge required to provide the training or mentorship;
  • A clearly articulated plan for training and development;
  • A viable project with the capacity required to include trainees;
  • Impact, including the opportunity for learning and career, personal and/or cultural development.

When a project is unsuccessful in its application, a brief explanation or feedback can be provided, upon request.

Please note, this program is not designed as a placement opportunity for applicants looking for opportunities for training.

Accessibility And Accommodation

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 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.

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.

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.

Misrepresentation

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.

Final reports can be accessed via the ISO Apply portal.

Recognition Of Contribution

Recipients must acknowledge ISO support with textual reference and/or logo in the credit sequence, or appropriate placement in the completed work (where applicable).  ISO logos are available for download on the ISO website.

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 at least two weeks prior to submission or the application closing date and may be directed at any time to funding@iso-bea.ca.

FAQ

Does this program place creatives on a production to apprentice?
No, this program does not offer placements. It is intended to support Indigenous creatives who have an opportunity to apprentice or companies who wish to bring on apprentices, and provides funding to do so. The ISO has other opportunities for training, which can be found on our website: iso-bea.ca/careers-and-training/training-opportunities/
Do the apprentices/mentors/mentees need to be confirmed in order to apply?
Yes - the key mentors, mentees, or apprentices should all be confirmed in order to apply as they are key to the assessment process.
What is the maximum amount of funding I can request in this program?
The maximum request amount is $60,000.00 for apprenticeships, and $25,000.00 for cultural mentorships. A reminder that the ISO can allocate less than the requested amount to successful projects.
What happens to my in-progress application if the program closes before I submit?
Please refer to the “Program Closure” section of the guidelines. If you wish to access the application after the program has closed, please contact funding@iso-bea.ca within 10 business days of the program’s closure.
What if I or my company already has received previous ISO funding for the same project?
If the main applicant(s)/company currently has an ISO supported project that is not yet complete or reported on from another program, the applicant will be required to submit a Final Report on the previous application with an updated budget.
Can I submit multiple applications? Can I apply for the apprenticeship and the cultural mentorship streams of this program?
Applicants may only submit one application to this program per fiscal year. Applicants may only apply for an apprenticeship, or a cultural mentorship, but not both in the same fiscal year.
I’m not sure my project is a good fit for this program.
Reach out! funding@iso-bea.ca.

Maximum Funding Amounts

  • $60,000 for Apprenticeships
  • $25,000 for Cultural Mentorships

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. Read the Apprenticeship and Cultural Mentorship Funding Guidelines outlined on this page or download the PDF

  4. Complete the Apprenticeship and Cultural Mentorship Fund application checklist

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

Deadline Reminder

First deadline: September 20, 2023
Second deadline:

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