We have recorded an audio version of us reading the copy for the  Sustain coaching programmes, in case that is useful for you. Audio versions of the application form and guidance notes and terms are also provided in the webpage for each coaching programme.

Applications now open for Sustain 2022!

We are delighted to announce that we are now recruiting for the next round of our popular coaching programme Sustain, running between January to March – helping community cinemas build on the sustainability of their group and return to screenings after lockdown, with some extra support.

Our BFI funded coaching programme, provides existing community cinemas with bursary support, as well as online coaching sessions led by our friendly, expert Cinema For All staff.

Like last year, Sustain is broken down into three, exciting programmes:


Sustain Shine – for existing community cinemas to reflect on what they have achieved and where they want to go next. This programme will follow our previous and popular Sustain format, providing groups with three coaching sessions and a bursary of £200, to build on and explore the sustainability of their community cinema.


Sustain Develop – a programme for community cinemas with a clear idea of their next stage of development with a specific project. The programme will consist of three bespoke coaching sessions tailored to your group, along with a £600 bursary to help realise, plan and achieve your community cinema’s next ambition.


Sustain Collaborate – This programme will support groups with ideas for an interesting collaboration with other community cinemas. It provides a bursary of £1000 to help cover the costs of making your in person or online collaborative project happen.

The deadline for applications for all Sustain programmes is 4 January 2022.

We look forward to hearing from you!

With the support of the BFI, awarding funds from the National Lottery.


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