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StoryFutures Kickstart Funding

26 January 2021/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Funding to support early stage project research and development, and the creation of immersive proof of concepts across Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR) and Mixed Reality (MR) platforms.

Fund Information

Funding body:

StoryFutures and StoryFutures Academy: The National Centre for Immersive Storytelling

Maximum value:

£ 10,000

Application deadline:



StoryFutures Kickstart Funding is intended to support early stage project research and development, and the creation of immersive proof of concepts across Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR) and Mixed Reality (MR) platforms.

Objectives of Fund

The aim of the scheme is to support creative leads with on-the-job learning and skills development opportunities in immersive technologies.

Value Notes

Funding of up to £10,000 per project is available.

Match Funding Restrictions

Applicants can apply with in-kind funding or other cash funding if it is for a prototype or proof of concept.

Applications must declare any other parties contributing finance or in-kind support to the project, including the amount(s) and terms of these contributions.

Who Can Apply

Applicants applying must have:

  • A Creative Lead (such as a writer/director/producer/creative director from a film, TV, games or other creative background who has already taken part in a StoryFutures Academy training programme (not a short masterclass). Creative Leads do not need to have previous immersive experience.

  • An Immersive Producer (such as a producer, director, writer or creative developer with experience of at least one immersive production).

In addition:

  • All named participants must be able to demonstrate their track record through a substantial body of work and/or a considerable number of credits (in production, performance or equivalent).

  • Applicants and all team members must be 18 years or over.

  • Applications must be made by or through a company registered and centrally managed in the UK.

  • Applicants must demonstrate that the project provides an on-the-job learning or skill development opportunity for the creative leads in making their first immersive experiences.

All proposals should:

  • Innovate in terms of story form or format, enabled by immersive technologies (ie VR, AR, MR and immersive audio technology).

  • Draw on known audience behaviours, insights and trends.

  • Define a target demographic and route to that audience via digital reach or footfall.

While applicants can choose whichever technology or platform best suits their creative idea, StoryFutures Academy is particularly interested in supporting projects that have delivery platforms and distribution methods that are able to reach wide audiences.




Kickstart funding is not intended as top up funding for an existing project.

Projects already funded and in-development are likely to be too advanced to be eligible for this fund.

Eligible Expenditure

Funding may be used to support a variety of project-specific deliverables including, but not limited to:

  • Delivery of creative concept material eg a treatment or script, concept art, storyboard to demonstrate experience in an immersive or non-immersive setting (eg a trailer video and still images).

  • Delivery of an immersive proof-of-concept to help showcase key creative and technical ideas.

  • Producing a detailed technical specification that describes the technology requirements for the project in order for it to be successful.

  • Development of a business plan that indicates cost breakdown for a full production, with models and partnership plans to demonstrate how secondary development and production funding will be sought

  • Development of a distribution plan for the project including any interested partners/distributers (ie route to audience).

Eligible Costs:

  • Time for the named creative lead and producers on the project.

  • Creative and development costs (eg writers, technical development).

  • Equipment and studio hire.

  • Equipment purchase (up to a maximum of 20% of total costs applied for).

  • Residency fees to support producers working in relevant collaborative environments.

  • Expertise and consultancy.

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted by the deadline of 4 February 2021.

Applications can be made online via the StoryFutures website.

More details can be accessed at:





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