Grants and fundraising

The BGI has been supported by the following grant-giving trusts and Lottery-funded organisations since the charity was founded in summer 2019:


In August 2021, BGI won funding from Ufi Voctech Trust’s Seed Fund for an ambitious programme to train a cohort of young women and non-binary people from Sheffield’s minority ethnic communities in games development. BGI will build an inspirational course that starts participants on the pathway towards careers in creative industries such as games.


In July 2021, National Videogame Museum, University of Sheffield and a consortium of Yorkshire schools were awarded funding for a two-year action research programme which will see children taking on the role of videogame designers and artists. BGI will advise teachers on professional development using videogames, sharing our expertise in games based learning and their connections with local games development companies.


In July 2021, the National Videogame Museum won funding for Playing with Power, a community-led project in which an artist in residence, Biome Collective, will lead a group of 40 Sheffield co-producers to explore, document and share their experiences and feelings about identity and representation to co-create a videogame about their folklore.



In November 2020, BGI won funding from the Yogscast’s Jingle Jam to create fund games making workshops in the National Videogame Museum for young people with a focus on disadvantaged youth and areas of deprivation.


In October 2020 the BGI received a lifesaving grant from the Culture Recovery Fund run by Arts Council of England. This recognised the national significance of our work and our Collection, and will help us outlast the second phase of the Covid-19 pandemic and continue to deliver our educational and cultural work to our community of 35,000 visitors and over 7,000 learners in our online programmes.


In August 2020, the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and Museums Association supported the BGI / National Videogame Museum with an award to collect histories of players of Nintendo’s ‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ game during lockdown. The award was made from the Museums Association’s Sustaining Engagement with Collections Fund. This forthcoming collection will explore new ways of collecting, archiving and collecting videogame histories, and record for the first time ephemeral and intangible player experience.


In February 2020, Art Fund supported our Subject Specialist Network – the Videogame Heritage Society – which advises over 100 museums and collectors on the preservation of videogames. In October 2020, Art Fund also supported our National Videogame Gallery, a forthcoming project to showcase videogames art from diverse artists.


In January 2020, the Association of Independent Museums and Arts Council England awarded BGI/NVM a Hallmarks Grant Award to build a new CRM system to profile visitor, donor and marketing activity. AIM also supported BGI with some commercial museum consultancy from A Different View.

The charity, the National Videogame Museum  and its predecessors have been supported by the following organisations over the years:


Our fundraising


We are registered with the Fundraising Regulator and adhere to their Fundraising Guidelines. Use of funds is strictly monitored by the senior management team and overseen by trustees.

3rd party fundraisers
We partner with the team at Funded on some of our grant applications. Their work is closely monitored to ensure adherence to our charitable objects and every grant application on the charity’s behalf is approved by the senior management team. We cover the costs of working with Funded from unrestricted funds, not the proceeds of won grants. Funded do not receive any monies on our behalf.

Fundraising complaints procedure
This complaints procedure applies to all BGI fundraising, including those who fundraise on BGI’s behalf.

We will make sure that complaints are investigated thoroughly and fairly to find out the facts of the case, avoiding unnecessary delay; and will respond to complaints fairly and in a way that is in proportion to the complaint. We will regularly review any lessons to be learnt from complaints and use that learning to help inform future fundraising activity.

Procedures for staff and volunteers to report any concerns about our fundraising practice are included in our staff handbook.

If you have a complaint about our fundraising practice, please use this form to start our investigation process: