How to Submit Grant Applications

The IGDA Foundation shares the IGDA’s mission: to advance the careers and enhance the lives of game developers.
The Foundation enables charitable, scientific and educational works with funds contributed by members of the community, and is the leading charity for game developers by game developers.

Priorities

For the next five years, the Foundation is prioritizing inclusivity in the game industry as “first among a few” priorities.
We welcome grant requests with the following proposed outcomes:

  • Increasing inclusivity of underrepresented groups in the game industry (women, people of color, LGBTQ, differently abled)
  • Memorial scholarships for specific disciplines (eg, the Eric Dysband Memorial Scholarship)
  • Increasing robustness or expanding the reach of an IGDA chapter, IGDA SIG or similar community/working group

Application Best Practices

Applications meeting the following guidelines are more likely to be funded:

  • Who are you? Include your/team’s names, professional profile/credentials, and the role/s you expect to take in the program. List any relevant involvement/activity with IGDA.
  • Problem statement: Describe the problem you are trying to solve. Cite supporting data whenever possible. Make sure to connect the problem with the IGDA Foundation’s priorities.
  • Program description: Describe the solution you are proposing for the problem. Explain what success looks like, and how you will measure results. (Recommend the SMART method for defining goals.)
  • Leveraged impact: The Board looks for programs that do the greatest good for the most people with the smallest budget. Explain how your program does this.
  • Potential conflicts of interest: The Board will not fund projects that create profit for an individual or company. Clarify any potential conflicts of interest to eliminate potential misunderstanding.
  • Publicity: Explain how you plan to publicize your project and its outcome. The Board specifically looks for programs in which publicity is an organic outcome of success.
  • Acknowledgement: Please describe how you will publicly acknowledge the Foundation for its contribution to your proposal.
  • Global scope: The Board looks for programs with impact beyond North America. Explain how your program achieves this.
  • Program timeline, budget, resourcing: Lay out the timeline for executing the program, and budget associated with each step. Specify other sources of budget for the project. Describe “who does what” in sufficient detail to show you have thought through execution.
  • Execution risk: The Board prefers programs with minimal execution risk. Describe risks and mitigations. If taking a “validated learning” or “lean startup” approach (strongly recommended), describe program assumptions, steps to be taken to validate those assumptions, and budget required for each step.
  • Reporting and auditing: Describe how and when you will update the Board on your progress/results. Explain how the Board would be able to audit your progress and results.
  • Future efforts: If you expect the program to continue past the initial funding period, describe how you expect the program to become financially self-sustaining. If it is a one-off, describe why the program will not be needed in the future.
  • Note on events: the Foundation does not typically sponsor events. Proposals related to events should follow the above guidelines.

The Board also greatly appreciates:

  • brevity (two pages is ideal)
  • clarity
  • lack of hyperbole
  • timely responses to follow-up questions

Next Steps

The Board meets during the last week of every month. While applications are sometimes approved between meetings, we suggest allowing at least 6 weeks for a final decision on your application.

Please send applications to grants@igdafoundation.org