Working closely with the team at Funded, the BGI has been supported by the following grant-giving trusts and Lottery-funded organisations since the charity was founded in summer 2019:

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.


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 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.


Art Fund supported our Subject Specialist Network – the Videogame Heritage Society – which advises over 100 museums and collectors on the preservation of videogames. They also supported our National Videogame Gallery, a forthcoming project to showcase, interpret and educate our communities about the artwork from diverse videogames artists

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