Sustain: Collaborate

17/01/22 – We are still accepting applications for one space on  Sustain Collaborate. Please follow the information below to apply . The extended deadline is now 3rd February 2022. 

We have recorded an audio version of us reading the copy for Sustain Collaborate in case that is useful for you. Audio versions of the application form and guidance notes and terms and conditions can also be found at the bottom of this page.
Alternatively you can read on to find out more about the coaching programme below.

Do you want to collaborate with other community cinemas to skills swap or achieve a special event?

Sustain Collaborate offers you and your collaborative partners a £1000 bursary to help achieve your project.

Past participants have:

  • Collaborated to put on an online film festival and create a zine.
  • Worked together to create a community film.
  • Shared skills on running a film festival (an established group and a brand new group).
  • Worked in partnership to create an extra special screening with guest speakers.
  • Simultaneously screened same film across three different community cinemas to try out something new in their programme and reviewed the results.

As part of Sustain Collaborate you must work with two other groups, this must be either community cinemas, or a community organisation. The project must take place by 31 March 2022.

Cinema For All coaches will go through a self evaluation with you and your project partners at the start of the project and at the end to reflect how to the project has gone. The sessions take place over Zoom and last 40 minutes. This will be a chance for you to set goals and ask any questions, or for any support we may be able to provide you.


You will receive a £1000 bursary to cover the costs of your project/skills swap which is shared between all three collaborators.

Previous bursaries have covered:

  • Event materials
  • Artists time/guest speakers
  • Outdoor cinema equipment (e.g. seating, safety equipment)
  • Design and marketing
  • Training resources (e.g. meeting rooms, travel costs, facilitators, accessibility training)

‘With initial support and the Sustain Collaborate grant we were able to involve and work with 5 different village organisations as part of the event.’ – Sustain Collaborate participant

97% of groups that apply have been successful in receiving support from Cinema For All’s coaching programmes.

How to apply:

Please complete the application form of just five short questions and send it to by midnight 4 January 2022. You can send your answers to us either by filling out the applications form or by answering the questions through an audio or video recording. If you have any access requirements, or need any additional support, please arrange a meeting with Ellie.

If your application has been successful we will notify you by 7 January 2022.

Download the application form. Please read the guidance notes and terms and conditions before applying.

Cinema For All values diversity and we encourage applications from people of African or Caribbean heritage, people of South, East and South East Asian heritage, people who experience racism, LGBTQI+ people and people with disabilities.

We also encourage applications from groups based in Wolverhampton, Cumbria, Grimsby and Derry/Londonderry in particular, as cinema provision in these areas is lower than in other parts of the country, but groups from all over the UK are welcome to apply.

As a BFI supported initiative there is priority given to programmes that support British, independent and specialised cinema. You can read the BFI’s definition of specialised cinema here.

Applicants will be scored on their knowledge and understanding of the make-up and diversity of their community and a range of efforts made to reach diverse groups within their community. You can read more about the BFI’s standards on and definition of diversity here.

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Audio for Sustain Collaborate application form:

Audio for Sustain Collaborate guidance notes and terms and conditions:

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