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 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:


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: