New Grants

The Screen Queensland Games Grants are open to applications from both emerging and established games developers. Screen Queensland is a Queensland government-owned agency dedicated to growing a successful screen industry that supports locally produced games, films and others, and secures international and interstate production and post-production into Queensland.

Deadlines and Timings

Applications are on an ongoing basis alongside project timelines.

Overview and Grant Amount

The Games Grants are open to applications from both emerging and established games developers. At least 75% of the development team must be based in Queensland unless an exemption is granted. This fund supports projects where Queensland-based games developers retain ownership of the subsequent intellectual property.

This program is grant-based, with no repayment to Screen Queensland required. The grant is paid over milestones, in the form of drawdowns, throughout development. The grant amount requested of Screen Queensland must be at least matched by the applicant. This can be through cash, in-kind (unpaid development of the project) and/or other funding sources. These matched amounts and other funding sources must be included in an application for the grant.

The grant is only to be used as funding for eligible costs. Funding caps vary depending on the project production target.

Prototype

  • Funding capped at $20,000.
  • Prototypes should illustrate core gameplay and the key differentiator of your game. A good prototype has ‘found the fun’.

Vertical slice/Early access

  • Funding capped at $100,000.
  • This target should see polished core gameplay, where players can experience a good representation of full release gameplay.
  • Early Access may include targeting a Kickstarter campaign or releasing an incomplete, but playable, version of the game in Steam’s early access.

Full game release

  • Funding capped at $200,000.
  • This is a fully launched 1.0 version of the game. The amount requested should be commensurate with the experience of the team, the scope of the work proposed, the market/audience for the project, and the contribution provided by the applicant and any other funding sources.

A project may apply for funding at multiple rounds for different targets with a total funding cap of $300,000 per project.

Eligibility and Criteria

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • be a Bona Fide Queensland game development company or individual (as defined in Screen Queensland’s Terms of Trade);
  • be able to demonstrate that they are the IP creator and owner of the game. Commissioned projects are not eligible;
  • not be full-time undergraduate, honours or masters students;
  • not propose a project designed for the education, training, advertising, marketing, tourism or media sector;
  • not submit an application for a project that has been declined funding by Screen Queensland previously, except where it can be demonstrated the application has been significantly reworked prior to submitting. Projects that have been declined twice are not eligible;
  • not submit an application for a project that has not acquitted previous Screen Queensland funding; and
  • only submit one application per round

Eligible Projects

The project must be:

  • premium and free-to-play games;
  • live-ops development; and
  • entertainment games for a mass audience

Ineligible types of games:

  • games that are not completely digital (boardgames or hybrid digital/physical games);
  • games that feature gambling or exploitative pay to win mechanics
  • serious games, or games which are made for purposes other than pure entertainment;
  • games that are, in Screen Queensland’s opinion, likely to be refused classification under the Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995 (Cth);
  • games designed to, in Screen Queensland’s opinion, predominantly or substantially market, promote or advertise a product or service; and
  • games designed primarily for educational or training purposes

Applications with team members in default with Screen Queensland are not eligible to apply until all previous funding has been acquitted.

Applicants are encouraged to thoroughly read the program guidelines set by the funding grant. Submissions must be lodged through the program online portal.

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