Live funding

UK registered higher or further education institutions, RTOs or Catapults can apply for a share of up to £10 million to help fund innovation projects with businesses or not-for-profit organisations.

Femme Futures Grant

Closes on 30 January 2021

A cash prize from the Kaleidoscope Fund to the best XR project currently in development by a female artist.

Creative Challenge Grant

Closes on 30 January 2021

A cash prize from the Kaleidoscope Fund to the best XR project that can be completed for $5,000 within three months.

Transformations Grant

Closes on 30 January 2021

This grant awards a monthly cash prize to projects that explore possible futures of the performing arts.

Premium VR Grant

Closes on 30 January 2021

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

StoryFutures Academy Kickstart Funding

Closes on 4 February 2021

Giving creatives who have attended a StoryFutures Academy workshop or introductory lab, the chance to further their knowledge and get stuck into making a new piece of content with a grant of up to £10k.

Made Smarter Technology Accelerator

Closes on 7 February 2021

Up to 20k funding plus support to grow is available for up to 20 start-up teams looking to develop prototypes that will inject innovation into the UK’s manufacturing sector.

VocTech Seed 2021

Closes on 11 February 2021

Grants of between £15,000 and £50,000 for early stage projects that use digital tech in vocational learning project.

Black Realities Grant

Closes on 27 February 2021

This grant awards a monthly cash prize to projects that explore the varied conditions, experiences, feelings, and a range of humanity of the Black global community.

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £8 million for research and development projects to improve the productivity and competitiveness of UK foundation industries. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

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.

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.


Funding resources

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