Grants for…. gaming? WTF?

It looks like that age old  ‘are games art” debate has finally gotten some where, in the US at least. This year the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) changed their criteria for what can be considered for a government funded art grant. The portion of the government funding that was usually put asides for “The Arts on Radio and Television” will now be known as “The Arts in Media”. To quote them:

Looks like we won this one. But why is this important?
Well, most importantly games being considered art means censors will have a bit more trouble keeping good games off shelves.
Game companies could get tax breaks that are usually held for art groups meaning more money into games raising their polish a bit.
And well museums can do more exhibits about gaming, like the Smithsonian’s gaming exhibit coming up in March Next Year.
To learn more about the exhibit check “The Art of Video Games”.

So how exactly does one get one of these video game grants? You go to NEA.GOV and look for Media Arts.
It will follow all the rules of a regular art grant. It has to be freely accessible to the public, namely you can’t charge for it. It also has to add to the “public good” so teach about socially important topics and ideas. It is a long and difficult process to apply for an art grant, but the NEA offers webinars to teach people about the guidelines to applying for a grant. So if you have a great idea for a game and would like up to 200,000 dollars to make it, you had better start applying.


About Tony Rivera

An avid gaymer with a soft spot for anything steam punk or robotic. Firmly believes that video games are more than just entertainment, but something to think critically about.

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