Animation Pathways Fund

About the Funding

Following the first pilot iteration of the Pathways Diversity, Equity and Inclusion funding scheme in 2021, Fís Éireann/Screen Ireland through Animation Ireland are providing a further allocation of €100,000 in funding that will be used to provide opportunities on productions for those from diverse and under-represented communities and those where access to the industry would historically be limited.

The Pathways funding scheme particularly welcomes applications from producers for proposals that support overcoming barriers for underrepresented participants wishing to transition from other sectors and those who wish to return to the screen sector after a period of absence. The scheme also welcomes proposals that aim to address gender and diversity balance in specific departments and roles where gender and diversity would historically be skewed.

For the purposes of the Pathways DEI funding scheme, diversity in terms of underrepresentation within the screen industry, generally covers the following grounds:


Marital status

Family status

Parenting and Caring Responsibilities



Geographic Location

Regional (outside Dublin and Wicklow)


Sexual orientation



Membership of the Traveller community

Socioeconomic disadvantage

Given the current situation in Ukraine and other countries with forced displacement due to conflict, for this round of the Pathways fund, Screen Ireland also welcomes applications that support opportunities for refugees currently resident in Ireland, seeking to transition to the Screen Sector in Ireland.

Producers from the Animation sector can apply for a funding award of up to a maximum of €10,000 per production/project in 2022. A higher funding award may be considered if the production is offering exceptional ED&I opportunities (following review by the awarding panel). More than one application per annum per company/producer is allowed with a maximum allowance of €20,000 per annum per company/producer.

Please note that all the funds necessary for the production to go ahead must be in place in order to receive the funds for Pathways. Projects awarded funding must commence production before 31st December 2022.

Application Details

  • The applicant should be the Producer company.
  • The skills participants should be drawn from diverse and under-represented backgrounds and those where access to the sector would historically be limited.
  • The application should set out the participants and the roles/grades.
  • The applicant should set out the budget with the eligible costs.
  • The production must be capable of supporting the individuals in their development. Details on how participants will be supported should be included in the application.

The award amount (to be decided by the panel) will provide a contribution towards eligible costs. Eligible costs include salaries of the skills participants (that should be in line with other salaries on the production), associated catering, covid testing, one to one support if applicable, and transport. In order to increase access opportunities, accommodation may be covered but it will be looked at on a case-by-case basis.

All funding will be made available on the strict condition of adherence to all relevant government and HSE guidelines in relation to Covid19.

All required insurance is the responsibility of the company/producer.

Applications should be made via the application form and sent with “Animation Pathways Application” as a subject line to:

Deadlines for Applications

The Animation Pathways fund will be open throughout 2022 until the total fund is fully expended. Applications must be submitted at least 6 weeks before production commences and no more than 16 weeks before production commences. The funding scheme panel will meet once a month (on the last Thursday of the month). Decisions will be communicated to applicants up to one week after the funding scheme panel meets.

Retrospective applications will not be accepted.

Unsuccessful applications may be worked on and resubmitted at a later date.

For any additional queries please contact:

Criteria For Assessment (Total: 100%)
  • Overall quality of the application, especially in relation to the E, D & I elements of the application (40%).
  • Track record of the applicants in the area of E, D & I (15%).
  • Proposed E, D & I supports for participants on the production (30%).
  • E, D & I organisations supporting the application (15%).
Contracting and Payments

The award will be paid on an instalment basis and will consist of two instalments. The first instalment (90%) will be paid up to 30 days after completion of the contracting process (upon receipt of the signed contract and any requested documentation).

A mid-point check-in update with Animation Ireland will be required for all funded producers/companies.

The final instalment (10% of the award amount) will be paid once a final report has been submitted. The post project report should outline the outcomes and impact of the funding awarded as well as providing a breakdown for how the funding award was allocated. The final report should also include any relevant Diversity statistics/data that captures the positive impact on the funding.

Screen Ireland reserves the right to suspend or cancel the funding where, in its view, a successful applicant is not meeting the required commitment for the funding award.

Screen Ireland reserves the right to revise the amount awarded where it is satisfied that incorrect information has been provided.