Rogers-BSO Script Development Fund

The Rogers-BSO Fund stimulates content creation by Black writers and writers from racially diverse communities.
Launched in 2021, the Rogers-BSO Fund stimulates content creation by Black writers and writers from racially diverse communities. The $750,000 Fund is a partnership between the Rogers Group of Funds and the Black Screen Office, administered by the Canadian Independent Screen Fund for BPOC Creators (CISF). It provides funding for selected writers to create pitch-ready content. The funding initiative is offered in conjunction with the TD Mentorship Program sponsored by TD Bank Group. The program includes additional support from mentors, story editors, script evaluators, a pitching coach, and opportunities for successful applicants to pitch their content to producers, networks, studios, cable and/or streaming platforms in Canada and internationally.
 
“The initiative is just one pathway that the BSO has forged to support Black and racially diverse Canadians to build thriving careers in the screen industries, and engage and inspire audiences globally with their stories,” says Joan Jenkinson, Executive Director of the BSO. “The Rogers-BSO Script Development Fund injects significant financial backing into the system for traditionally underfunded Black and People of Colour talent to get their content in front of decision-makers who can meaningfully move their projects forward.”
 
“We are proud to continue investing in equity-deserving Black and People of Colour creators, in partnership with the Black Screen Office and Canadian Independent Screen Fund for BPOC Creators,” said Robin Mirsky-Daniels, Director, Rogers Group of Funds. “Together, we are committed to removing barriers to funding and helping to amplify BPOC voices, as these talented creators bring diverse perspectives and powerful stories that need to be heard here in Canada and around the world.”
 
Since its launch in 2021, the Rogers-BSO Script Development Fund has been instrumental in fostering content creation by Black and racialized writers. The three previous rounds funded a total of 45 French and English projects.
 
To apply for the Fund, please visit the submission portal administered by CISF.  The Rogers-BSO Script Development Fund portal is open until July 15, 2024 at 5:00 PM PT / 8:00 PM ET