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Creative England

Creative England’s GamesLab programme brings you funding and expertise to help your business grow and your games come to life. We are as passionate about games as you are and work with both emerging and established companies throughout the development of innovative games and IP, to help both your business and the burgeoning games industry to flourish. 

Hardware, Software & Service Grants

The GamesLab Hardware, Software and Service Grants allow companies to claim back 50% of the cost of hardware, software or consultancy purchases in the process of developing the game they’re currently working on.

Whether it’s a new suite of computers, game development software or taking on freelancers the grants offer a simple way of reclaiming costs. The total cost of qualifying purchases must total £10,000 to £25,000 – meaning that Creative England will reimburse companies £5,000 to £12,500. The companies can only claim for purchases made after approval from Creative England.

SMEs can also apply for grant support for more than one purchase, although all items purchased must be for the development of the same game project.

Applications for this fund are now closed. Please follow us on twitter for alerts.

GamesLab Campus

GamesLab Campus in association with PlayStation

Upto £50,000 Investment for the development of new games on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita

Creative England have teamed up with PlayStation® on a brand new incubator and accelerator programme called GamesLab Campus.

As part of its ongoing support for the games industry in England, Creative England’s GamesLab Campus programme will invest a maximum of £250,000 into five Games companies (up to £50,000 each) to support the development of new and innovative entertainment experiences on PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®Vita.

Whether you’re a start-up or an experienced developer, we’re looking for exciting and innovative projects to invest in across the eligible regions (North West, North East, Yorkshire and Humberside, West Midlands, East Midlands and the South West)

The deadline for GamesLab Campus has now passed. Follow us on Twitter for alerts.

GamesLab West Midlands

Open to: Birmingham, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire, Herefordshire & Shropshire registered companies.

GamesLab West Midlands provides expertise and grants for emerging and established games companies in the West Midlands.

Games companies from the region can apply for £20k - £50k to boost business growth and to assist in the development costs of a new game IP for commercial release. please read the application guidelines below. 

GamesLab West Midlands is no longer accepting applications. Applicants may be eligible for our Hardware, Software and Service Grants, here.

View projects which have been successfully funded through the GamesLab development fund.

GamesLab South West

Open to: Bristol, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Somerset, Dorset & Devon registered companies.

GamesLab South West offers grant funding to startup games studios in the region. 

We are currently running a free marketing workshop in partnership with Ukie for games companies in the area - please visit the games events section for more information.

The deadline for GamesLab South West has now passed. Follow us on Twitter for alerts.