Digital Media Funding

Are you working on a proposal for funding?

Digital Media Consultant Ewan McIntosh of NoTosh Limited says that the majority of rejected funding applications make exactly the same mistakes. 90% don't get passed first reading, 5% rejected after getting through the door, leaving only 5% to be funded. 

Click here to see his list of Do’s and Don’ts for successful proposals, presented at Interactive Ontario’s Interactive Exchange 2010.

Content Creation and Technology Funding


Canada Media Fund (CMF)

The Canada Media Fund champions the creation of successful, innovative, Canadian content and software applications for current and emerging digital platforms through financial support and industry research. Created by Canada’s cable and satellite distributors and the Government of Canada, the CMF aspires to connect Canadians to our creative expressions, to each other, and to the world.

To view the CMF's tips for applying to the Experimental Fund, click here.



Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund

The Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund advances the Canadian broadcasting system by encouraging and funding the creation of excellent Canadian digital media, promoting partnerships and sustainable businesses in the broadcast and new media sectors, engaging in research and sharing knowledge and enhancing the national and international profiles of industry stakeholders.

To download the Bell Fund's Tips for Success, click here.



The Independent Production Fund

The Independent Production Fund assists independent producers/creators to finance the production of original drama series created initially for the web. Successful properties may subsequently be exploited on other platforms such as television and mobile either in their original format or through the exploitation of derivative rights.



The Quebecor Fund

The Quebecor Fund promotes the production of projects including Canadian content production for television broadcasting and the production of an interactive multimedia component based on said projects that use information and communication technology (ICT), including high-speed Internet, interactive television (ITV), video on demand (VOD) and/or fixed or mobile terminals.



National Film Board of Canada

The NFB is eager to explore what it means to "create" and "connect" with Canadians in the age of the Internet. We are looking to work with a wide range of Canadian artists and media-makers interested in experimenting with the creative application of digital technologies and interactivity as it relates to story, expression and community. Filmmakers, Interactive Designers, Photographers, Social Media Producers, Graphic Artists, Information Architects, Writers, Video and Sound Artists, Musicians, etc. We are excited by the collaborative nature of media today and are open to receiving project proposals from all types of artists and creators.

For more information on creating interactive content with the NFB, click here.

To see the NFB's list of 10 things to remember when producing Cross-media content, click here.


The Shaw Rocket Fund

The Shaw Rocket Fund is a forward-thinking, not-for-profit corporation that focuses on stimulating excellence in the Canadian children’s production industry. We realize that entertainment has become a multi-platform experience – especially for kids, where it has become part of their everyday lives! The Rocket Fund recognizes the growing importance of quality programming for Canadian children, and we continue to be a passionate champion so that our kids’ media experience is enhanced through quality programming.



The TFI New Media Fund

The TFI New Media Fund provides funding and support to non-fiction, social issue film projects which go beyond traditional screens – integrating film with content across media platforms, from video games and mobile apps to social networks and interactive websites. We’re looking for projects that activate audiences around issues of contemporary social justice and equality around the world and demonstrate the power of cross-platform storytelling and dynamic audience engagement.



The TV5 Fund for Digital Creation 

The TV5 Fund offers funding to young Canadian creators, aged from 18 to 35 years old, for the production of original French series comprising five capsules from 3 to 6 minutes in length that can take the form of short fiction, documentaries, animation, experimental content, or any other form of short artistic videos easily watched on the internet or on a smart phone screen.


CFC TELUS Innovation Fund

The TELUS Innovation Fund invests in new forms of high-quality, original Canadian content that explore new ways of approaching entertainment and storytelling. This fund supports projects in the form of a recoupable contribution towards the production of innovative film, television, new media, or cross-platform content projects. The program will support up to three projects with funding of up to $100,000.



The COGECO Program Development Fund

The COGECO Program Development Fund was established to encourage the development of new Canadian drama, written by Canadian writers and produced by independent Canadian producers, primarily for private sector broadcasters, in English or French, or preferably in both languages. Provides development funding for multi-platform projects.


Canada Council for the Arts

Grants to New Media and Audio Artists: Research and Production Grants

These grants assist Canadian artists working with new media or audio technologies as means of artistic expression. Grants cover artist’s subsistence costs as well as the direct costs of research, creative development and production of artworks created with new media or audio technologies



Web-Ciné 360

Telefilm Canada wants to encourage the incorporation of online marketing and use of social media in distribution business practices, primarily prior to a film’s release. To this end, eligible distribution companies of projects financed through Telefilm will be able to apply months in advance, during production, for assistance to develop and deploy an online marketing phase based on the measurement, analysis and promotion potential of digital technologies and media.



NRC Industrial Research Assistance Program

Our Program supports small and medium-sized enterprises in Canada to grow stronger, grow faster and grow bigger through innovation and technology. We help firms to develop technologies and successfully commercialize them in a global marketplace. We do this by providing technical and business advisory services and financial assistance to the small and medium-sized enterprises we serve.

    BlackBerry Partners Fund 

The BlackBerry Partners Fund™ is the leading independent venture capital fund focused exclusively on mobile computing. The fund was established in 2008 in collaboration with Research In Motion, Thomson Reuters, Royal Bank of Canada and a roster of high profile investors.  The fund is device, platform and stage agnostic and has an investment footprint throughout the United States and Canada, the United Kingdom and Israel.



KPCB's iFund

KPCB’s iFund™ is a $200M investment initiative that is funding market-changing ideas and products that build upon the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. The iFund™ is agnostic to size and stage of investment and invests in companies building applications, services and components. Focus areas include location based services, social networking, mCommerce (including advertising and payments), communication, health care, education, and entertainment. The iFund™ backs innovators pursuing transformative, high-impact ideas with an eye towards building independent durable companies atop the iPhone OS platform.

KPCB's sFund

The sFund is a new $250 million Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers initiative to invest in entrepreneurs inventing social applications and services.



Indie Fund

Indie Fund is a funding source for independent developers, created by a group of successful indies looking to encourage the next wave of game developers. It was established as a serious alternative to the traditional publisher funding model. Our aim is to support the growth of games as a medium by helping indie developers get (and stay) financially independent.


TinyCo TinyFund

The TinyFund is a $5 millon fund to help promising iOS and Android developers bring hits to market



Canada Interactive Fund

The objective of the Canada Interactive Fund is to support the creation of online Canadian interactive content and applications developed by Official Language Minority Community (OLMC), Aboriginal, ethnocultural and other not–for–profit cultural organizations.

Tax Credits

For a complete list of tax credits in Canada from Deliotte, click here.


Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) program

The Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) program is a federal tax incentive program to encourage Canadian businesses of all sizes and in all sectors to conduct research and development (R&D) in Canada that will lead to new, improved, or technologically advanced products or processes. The SR&ED program is the largest single source of federal government support for industrial research and development.

Claimants can apply for SR&ED investment tax credits for expenditures such as wages, materials, machinery, equipment, some overhead, and SR&ED contracts.

To download a power point presentation from Meyers Norris Penny regarding the SR&ED tax credit for New Media Companies, click here.

Crowd Funding Sources

IndieGoGo provides an easy online platform for anyone to promote projects, engage a fan base, and get ideas funded. They provide all the tools you need to build a campaign and share it with the world. It doesn't cost anything to post a project. There is a fee on the money you raise. IndieGoGo is based in the United States, but you can post and fund a project from any country as long as you have a bank account.


Ulele is a new platform that lets people organize online fundraising campaigns and reward those who collaborate towards reaching the goals that are set. The site can be used both by individuals and by groups, and the idea is that they set down the minimum amount of cash they need in order to make their projects come true while also specifying the reward to be received by those who donate.



SoKap is a new Canadian social utility that helps people with big ideas get moving. They help you raise funds, build markets and sell products and services.

What about Kickstarter?


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