The majority of your costs will relate directly to game development: Thanks to social networking, and open-source resources, there are a plethora of ways to market your game for free.
Understanding how to raise funds for development from the grants-based world is a useful element for any studio or otherwise enterprising game developer.
There are a variety of government grant programs that have been responsible for funding game development related work. They fall into the following broad categories:Development Grants
research grants may not necessarily fund a game, if the case could be made that modifying an existing game is faster, and less costly that would be fine, as the goal is the answering of a research question not the funding of your amazing game idea. Often the funding for games in the name of research is also structured to produce the minimally viable product (MVP) to support the research. This can still be a polished, marketable game, if the funding is high enough and your approved plans require such a level of production to achieve the objective. More and more, grant award judges understand the need for highly polished games however big or small to drive motivation and outcomes.
Other parts of the government also fund work the cabinet agency that includes NIH, and the Centers for Disease Control. Many of these grants are often smaller, and often they use an SBIR/STTR mechanism.
Once a contract is complete funding commences. However, SBIRs/STTRs are funded in stages. Phase 1 is an exploratory/formative stage and can be a small amount of funding (e.g. $100,000) where an idea that is funded is matured through a series of formative design and research steps. Phase 2 is much more funding (can be over $1M) and is only open to those who were funded in Phase 1. Requirements are harder and reviewers bear down more on the specifics developed under Phase 1. Some SBIRs/STTRs can go to a Phase III with further funding often to support the pivot to fully deployed and commercialized product but it's rare.
By being aware of some of the structure and forms grant-based funding takes you are now hopefully better about to benefit and contribute to both the specific problems they are addressing and the larger goal of seeing games come to life.
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