Live funding

Climate Challenge Cup

Closes on 24 September 2021

The Climate Challenge Cup is a new international competition to elevate and help scale transformative civic research partnerships between research bodies, civic organisations and local communities to combat climate change. It will culminate in an innovation showcase and award ceremony during COP26, the United Nations 2021 Climate Change Conference in November.

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £800,000 for early-stage, human-centred design projects in creative or immersive experiences. £25k-£50k per project.

A new fund for organisations at imminent risk of failure, particular those who have not yet received grants from the Culture Recovery Fund, to support them until the end of the year.

Premium VR Grant

Closes on 30 September 2021

Presented by Amaze VR, this monthly cash prize of $1000 from Kaleidoscope is for the best completed VR film ready for distribution.

Innovate UK Smart Grants August 2021

Closes on 6 October 2021

Opportunity to apply for a share of up to £25 million to deliver ambitious or disruptive R&D innovations that can make a significant impact on the UK economy.

Women in Innovation Awards 2021/22

Closes on 13 October 2021

Women with exciting, innovative ideas who will inspire others can apply for a £50,000 grant and bespoke business support.

Black Realities Grant

Closes on 23 October 2021

The grant awards a monthly cash prize for projects that explore the varied conditions, experiences, resilience, and joy within the Black global community

The Yorkshire Content Fund

Closes on 31 December 2021

This fund is managed by Screen Yorkshire to invest in the production of content within the film, TV, video games and digital sectors within the Yorkshire and Humber region.  Typically, up to £500K per project, this investment must be matched on identical terms with an equivalent amount of private sector investment.

nDreams VR Developers Fund

Closes on 31 December 2021

Leading VR/games studio, nDreams, have announced a $2m fund available to co-fund and publish externally developed VR titles.

National Lottery Grants for Heritage

Closes on 31 December 2021

The National Lottery Grants for Heritage has reopened to support organisations working with heritage to adapt and respond to the changing environment they are now operating in. Grants between £3k-£10k and £10k-£100k are available.

Epic Megagrants

Closes on 31 December 2021

Epic Games has committed $100 million to support those doing amazing things with Unreal Engine or enhancing open-source capabilities for the 3D graphics community.

Audience of the Future

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About Audience of the Future

What is the £33m Audience of the Future Challenges and how is it supporting the creative immersive tech sector to grow?

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Audience of the Future Beneficiaries

Find out more about the projects that have successfully applied for Audience of the Future Challenge funding.

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Previous Competitions

Find out more about closed Audience of the Future competitions.

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Funding resources

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