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Business can also search for funding relevant to their size and sector. To use the portal, you will first need to register with Open4Business.




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UK Games Fund Opens for 2023

Business, Enterprise and Regeneration

04 April 2023/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Funding is available to support UK video games development, aimed at helping smaller companies get concepts off the drawing board and into production.

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.

The current round is specifically open to registered UK-based companies and solo developers that have been established for more than 12 months, with a game development project at an early stage in the pipeline.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Have fewer than 50 employees.
  • Demonstrate that the scale of development will be such that UK Games Fund support and grant will represent no more than 50% of the total costs of the project once it has been released.

Successful Spring 2023 applicants will begin funded work in September 2023 and must complete by 31 March 2024.

Applicants should already have completed some early concept work and have a proof-of-concept demo or other visual pre-production work. Those who meet these criteria can access a grant of up to £25,000.

The deadline for Expressions of Interest is 18 April 2023 (10:00 BST).


How To Apply

There is a two-stage application process for the Spring 2023 application round:

  • Applicants must first submit an Expression of Interest by 18 April 2023 (10:00 BST).
  • After this form closes, UK Games Fund will invite those who have registered to upload a 2-minute pitch video and a written application form, with a final deadline for submission of 16 May 2023 (10:00 BST).

Guidance notes and the online Expression of Interest form can be found on the UK Games Fund website.


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