Interactive Digital Media Grant

Apply for funding to support the growth and development of your digital media and gaming organization.

Important

The Interactive Digital Media Pilot Grant Program ended March 31, 2018 and is no longer accepting applications.

Funding

You can submit an unlimited number of applications; however, the maximum amount an organization can receive in grant funding is $200,000.

Grants are based on 35% of total eligible labour expenses related to the creation of digital media products for interactive platforms.

Eligible organizations

To be eligible, your organization must be:

  • an incorporated company, partnership, sole proprietorship or registered non-profit entity or society
  • in good standing with the Alberta Media Fund
  • engaged primarily in the creation, development and delivery of IDM products
  • able to offer employment to IDM professionals or grads
  • in a sound financial position
  • able to provide evidence of general liability insurance

Eligible projects

Eligible projects should be:

  • for end users on digital media platforms, networks or devices
  • interactive
  • educational, informative or entertaining
  • suitable for commercial distribution; or
  • innovative, and include diverse content that meets the purpose of the program

Ineligible projects

The following projects are not eligible to receive funding:

  • developed for internal use and promotion
  • used for interpersonal communication
  • used to solicit funds
  • pornography/adult entertainment
  • productions where support would be considered contrary to public policy, including the promotion of:
    • hate against an identifiable group
    • exploitation of sex, violence, horror or cruelty

Eligible employees

In order for an employee to be considered eligible for funding, they must:

  • be newly hired, as of May 23, 2017
  • have a minimum employment term of 12 weeks
  • be a resident of Alberta
  • have industry experience, education or training
  • be engaged in creating and developing IDM projects

Ineligible employees

The following employees are not eligible to receive funding:

  • permanent employees
  • previously covered under grant funding during the same time period
  • majority shareholder, principle, director or board member
  • engaged in projects considered ineligible

Eligible expenses

Labour expenses are based on a period that can range from 12 weeks to 1 year for employees or contractors directly involved in eligible projects and who meet the definition of Albertan.

How to apply

Step 1: Review the guidelines

Review the IDM Grant Guidelines (PDF, 246 KB) to ensure you understand the requirements.

Step 2: Complete the application package

Complete the following forms required for submission:

Step 3: Gather the required documents

Refer to the additional requirements listed in your application or guidelines. The items listed must be submitted with your application or it will be considered incomplete.

Step 4: Submit your application

Submit your completed application and all required documents to IDMGrant@gov.ab.ca by March 31, 2018.

After you apply

Applicants will be notified in writing of the result of their application and/or funding status after the recommendation is approved. Grant payments will be awarded upon approval.

Reporting

Recipients are required to submit the following reports within 60 days of the end of the funded employment term:

Any unused portions of the grant must be returned to the Government of Alberta.

Contact

Main Line: 780-422-8580 (toll-free calls, dial 310-000 first)
Email: IDMGrant@gov.ab.ca