$3,780,200 in Grants for XR Artists

The best grants, fellowships, residencies, and funding opportunities for XR artists

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What are the best grants, fellowships, residencies, and funding opportunities for XR artists?

Since 2015 I’ve helped artists all around the world raise more than $6 million for original XR projects including the first seven-figure deal for a VR film at Sundance. I love the medium. It’s been the greatest honor of my life to work with the artists behind projects like BattleScar, Vestige, Terminal 3, Testimony, and Spheres. But fuck me, it’s hard to find money for artistic XR projects. That’s why over the years I’ve compiled a list of grants and funding opportunities for XR artists. What follows is by no means an exhaustive selection, but it does represent a sizable opportunity with nearly $4 million in funding for XR artists. Finally, this article is a living document, so please email me at grants@artizen.fund to suggest new grants to add.


Featured Grants

Cannes XR VeeR Future Award: Best Story

AWARD: $1,000 + Premiere at Cannes XR
DEADLINE: April 23, 2021
REGION: International
FOCUS: VR Films, 360 VR Video, VR Cinema, Storytelling, Animation, Documentary, and Narrative


Cannes XR VeeR Future Award: Best Interactive

AWARD: $1,000 + Premiere at Cannes XR
DEADLINE: April 23, 2021
REGION: International
FOCUS: 6DOF, Interactive, Storytelling, Animation, Documentary, and Narrative


Natatorium XR Grant

AWARD: $777 + 4 Months Exhibition at VR World
DEADLINE: Monthly, next deadline is April 28, 2021
REGION: International
FOCUS: VR/AR projects that bring people together through immersive art and entertainment.


XR Safety Grant

AWARD: $2,500
DEADLINE: Quarterly, next deadline is April 15, 2021
REGION: International
FOCUS: VR/AR projects that inspire and promote safety awareness around privacy, data protection, cybersecurity, our physical beings, and our emotional and psychological state


Femme Futures Grant

AWARD: $2,500 - $5,000
DEADLINE: Quarterly, next deadline is April 24, 2021
REGION: International
FOCUS: Female XR artists. All formats, genres, and categories of immersive projects will be considered including XR films, games, apps, art, entertainment, and more


Rolling Basis

StoryFutures: Development Funding

AWARD: £10,000
DEADLINE: Rolling
REGION: United Kingdom
FOCUS: XR, Narrative Film, Animation

nDreams VR Developers Fund

AWARD: $2,000,000
DEADLINE: Rolling
REGION: International
FOCUS: XR, Games

Adobe Creative Residency Community Fund

AWARD: $5,000
DEADLINE: Rolling
REGION: United States
FOCUS: XR, Video Art, Photography, Graphic Design, Illustration

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation New Media Grants

AWARD: $50,000
DEADLINE: Rolling
REGION: International
FOCUS: XR, 360, New Media, Video Art

NYC Media Lab’s Combine

AWARD: $20,000
DEADLINE: Rolling
REGION: New York City, United States
FOCUS: XR, AI, Immersive Theater, Entrepreneurship, Emerging Media

Epic Mega Grant

AWARD: $500,000
DEADLINE: Rolling
REGION: International
FOCUS: XR


January

StoryFutures: R&D Seed Funding Call

AWARD: £4,000
DEADLINE: January 20
REGION: London, UK
FOCUS: XR

Battersea Arts Center + LIVR Artist Open Call

AWARD: £5,000
DEADLINE: January 22
REGION: United Kingdom
FOCUS: XR, 360


February

Story Futures Kickstart Funding

AWARD: £10,000
DEADLINE: February 4
REGION: United Kingdom
FOCUS: XR

Grants for Media Art 2021 | Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art

AWARD: £12,500
DEADLINE: February 10
REGION: International
FOCUS: New Media, Experimental Media, Film, Video Art

VRHAM! Virtual Reality & Arts Festival Open Call 2021

AWARD: £5,000
DEADLINE: February 128
REGION: International
FOCUS: XR


March

Cultura Power Fellowship

AWARD: $10,000
DEADLINE: March 1
REGION: Bay Area, United States
FOCUS: XR, Animation, 360, Games, Digital Art, Installation

NewImages: XR Competition

AWARD: €6,000
DEADLINE: March 22
REGION: International
FOCUS: XR

New Images: Taiwan XR Residency

AWARD: €10,000
DEADLINE: March 22
REGION: France
FOCUS: XR

IDFA DocLab Open Call for R&D Proposals 2021

AWARD: €10,000
DEADLINE: March 26
REGION: International
FOCUS: XR


April

Human Machine Fellowship

AWARD: €20,000
DEADLINE: April 1
REGION: International
FOCUS: XR, New Media, Digital Art, Conceptual Art, Installation, Interactive, Engineering

VisArts Annual Residency

AWARD: $5,000
DEADLINE: April 2
REGION: International
FOCUS: All artistic disciplines

Swarovski Foundation Institute: Creatives for Our Future

AWARD: $15,000
DEADLINE: April 9
REGION: International
FOCUS: All artistic disciplines

Call for art-climate-science collaboration proposals
Broto Art-Climate-Science

AWARD: $5,000
DEADLINE: April 15
REGION: International
FOCUS: Climate, New Media, Science, Social Change


May

Biennale College Cinema - VR | Italia

AWARD: €60,000
DEADLINE: May 20
REGION: Italy
FOCUS: XR


June

National Endowment for the Humanities: Digital Projects for the Public

AWARD: $30,000
DEADLINE: June 9
REGION: United States
FOCUS: XR

National Endowment for the Humanities: Digital Projects for the Public

AWARD: $30,000
DEADLINE: June 9
REGION: United States
FOCUS: XR

Open Immersion II

AWARD: $10,000
DEADLINE: June 29
REGION: Canada
FOCUS: XR, 360


July

UNICEF Innovation Fund

AWARD: $100,000
DEADLINE: July 1
REGION: Middle East, Africa, East Asia and Pacific, Pacific, Southeast Asia, South Asia, Europe, Central Asia, Latin America, Caribbean
FOCUS: XR


August

Grant Programme Immerse\Interact

AWARD: €1,000,000
DEADLINE: August 31
REGION: EU, Switzerland, EEA
FOCUS: XR, 360


September

UK-CANADA IMMERSIVE EXCHANGE

AWARD: £100,000
DEADLINE: September 17
REGION: UK, Canada
FOCUS: XR


November

Biennale College Cinema - VR | International

AWARD: €60,000
DEADLINE: November 4
REGION: International
FOCUS: XR


December

Canada Media Fund:
Accelerator Partnership Program (Experimental Stream)

AWARD: $50,000
DEADLINE: December 4
REGION: Canada
FOCUS: XR, New Media, Experimental Media