The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has today issued a call for applications under its Funding Scheme for the Archiving of Programme Material (“Archiving Scheme”).  The Scheme has been designed to provide funding support for the development of an archiving culture in the Irish broadcasting sector, contributing to the preservation of Ireland’s broadcasting heritage.  It is funded through a percentage of the annual Broadcasting Fund.

The first round of the Archiving Scheme is seeking high quality proposals for the archiving of programme material which preserves a historic record of Irish culture, heritage and experience.  There is a particular focus in the current round on historic programme material which is under threat either through its fragile physical condition or it existence on a soon to be obsolete format.  A total of €1.4m has been allocated to support applications in the current round.

The Archiving Scheme is open to a range of individuals and institutions including broadcasters, advertisers, persons/institutions in possession of relevant material, persons/institutions capable of carrying out work on archiving material considered to be of value to the State, and persons/institutions capable of furthering the Archiving Scheme’s objectives.

To assist with the application process, the BAI has developed guidelines for applicants which, together with an application form, are available on the Authority’s website or on request from

The closing date for receipt of applications is 12 noon on Thursday, 11th April 2013.  Any queries relating to the Archiving Scheme should be directed to

To view the Guide and the Application Form, go to:


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