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To support our businesses during the current COVID-19 crisis, and into the recovery phase, Carlisle City Council is providing free access to Open 4 Business. Open4Business is designed to support businesses locate relevant up to date funding opportunities.

The portal is updated regularly with new local, regional and national funding announcements and can be easily searched by businesses on the basis of their industry, region and business size. The portal then provides information on how to apply for funding and contact funders directly. To search for grants for your business you will first need to register on the Open4Business website


Grants and Funding News

UK Games Fund - Sixth Round Open to Applications

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Funding to support UK video games development, aimed at helping smaller companies get concepts off the drawing board and into production, thereby helping to maximise the contribution to the country’s economic growth which this sector delivers.

The UK Games Fund is intended to support UK video games development. Aimed at helping smaller companies get concepts into production, the Fund provides additional support to the video games sector, helping to maximise the contribution to economic growth this sector is already delivering.

The Fund offers grants to support video games projects, as well as creating jobs, nurturing talent and furthering the growth of games clusters all around the UK.

Round 6 is targeted at applicants with early-stage projects, with funding provided to refine and improve pitching skills, whilst also developing a playable demo for showcasing at a consumer games show.

An initial support package will be provided to the value of £10,000 of cash and in-kind support, comprising:

  • an award of £5,000 paid in two £2,500 instalments (the first in June, the second in August);

  • involvement in a community of funded companies, along with pitch guidance and informative webinar sessions;

  • face-to-face meetings to explore a pitch with the UK Games Fund team (plus invited publishers, platform holders, and investors); and

  • an opportunity to showcase projects at a large-scale consumer games show in the autumn.

Applicants selected to participate in the compulsory showcasing at the consumer games show will also be required to pitch for further funding from the UK Games Fund, where grants of up to £20,000 will be available. The money can be used to help create working prototype games and raise the private investment necessary to see a concept turned into a finished product.

The provider will normally accept applications from UK registered, early-stage games development companies employing fewer than 50 people.

The deadline for applications is midday on Monday 3 February 2020.

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Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. Enquiries
    UK Games Talent and Finance Community Interest Company
    152-160 City Road
    EC1 V2NX
    Email: [email protected]

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