The deadline for submissions of Expressions of Interest in applying to Round 5 has now passed. We can no longer accept EOIs. The information provided below is for reference only.
Please read all the following guidance carefully, Round 5 differs from previous rounds.
Round 5 is targeted at applicants with early-stage projects and will provide an initial support package valued at £10,000 (including £5,000 of grant funding) to refine and improve pitching skills, whilst also developing a playable demo for showcasing at a major consumer games show in the Autumn.
A further opportunity to pitch in-person to the UK Games Fund will be provided at the Autumn show, where successful teams can secure an additional grant of up to £20,000.
To be considered for Round 5 you must complete an Expression of Interest (EOI) form (see bottom of page) after reading through all information below by Monday 28th January 2019, 12:00 noon.
Support and Opportunity
An initial support package will be provided to the value of £10,000:
- An award of £5,000 paid in two £2,500 instalments (the first in July, the second in September)
- Involvement in our community of funded companies, along with pitch guidance and informative web-cast sessions
- Invitation to a Pitch Preparation Event in September to test and improve your pitch in front of the UK Games Fund team (plus invited publishers, platform holders, and investors)
- An opportunity to showcase your project at a large-scale consumer games show in Autumn this year
Applicants selected to participate in the compulsory showcasing at the consumer games show in the Autumn will also be required to pitch for further funding from the UK Games Fund.
- Pitches will take place in a private meeting room at the show
- Grants of up to £20,000 from the UK Games Fund will be available
- These grants must be spent between November 2019 and March 2020
Who should apply?
The programme is designed to support early-stage projects that need further time for the development of ideas and pitching materials. Participation in the consumer games show later in the year provides a clear deadline, as well as the opportunity to gain all-important feedback from the public and industry.
In your application you will be expected to be able to clearly explain the benefit that this programme will bring to your project and company.
This may differ depending on your circumstances:
- Smaller companies and newly formed teams frequently have a need for early stage funding, support, and visibility – but beyond simple development goals you should have an eye on what the next step is in terms of the business, and how we can help get you there, or
- More established companies and teams will need to show a direct benefit or opportunity they might not otherwise be able to pursue – perhaps our help would support growth of a new project team or work in a new area, or perhaps mitigate specific risks around a new project or IP.
Games that are already in full-scale development (or where the majority of funding is already secure) may not be appropriate for this programme – if in doubt then send us a short paragraph about the project and we will endeavour to help.