How to apply for funding

Please read this whole page before contacting us about funding.

Applications are submitted via email.
There’s more info below on what this email should contain, but first we’d like to explain how this whole process works:

Your email will go to an internal mailing list of Indie Fund investors. If one of the investors is interested in funding your game, you will likely get an email from them with some more questions, and they will act as your main contact going forward. If that goes well, they will present your game to the rest of the investors and try to raise the amount required. We work like a syndicate, so if there are enough people interested in putting in enough money to cover your budget, then the funding is a go.

Please note that we can not guarantee that you’ll get a reply to your application.

We’re all pretty busy and none of us is doing this Indie Fund thing full time. If you haven’t heard back within a week, it’s likely there’s not enough interest to continue the conversation. Don’t take that personally, as it could mean a hundred different things and it’s not a judgment about you or your game.

So, What should the application email contain?

About your game

  • Include a screenshot that shows off your game. It doesn’t need to be super duper resolution – just something that visually conveys what the game is about.
  • Include a link to a short (1–2 minutes) gameplay video that will give us a good idea of the game. It doesn’t need to be a fancy trailer – just show us the game.
  • One or two sentences about what makes your game special. Don’t send us an entire essay; keep it efficient and we’ll be more likely to absorb the most important parts.
  • Include a download link to a playable prototype (for Windows and macOS if you have it). We will not fund games without a playable prototype.
  • Mention for which platform(s) you are developing for.

About your team

Keep this section short – just a single paragraph will work:

  • Who are the team members?
  • What are your roles?
  • Have you worked together before?

Budget and schedule

Again, a single paragraph is enough:

  • How much are you asking for?
  • How are you going to spend it? Including a link to a spreadsheet showing how you calculated the numbers helps us evaluate the accuracy of the budget.
  • When do you estimate the game will ship?

In addition to our guidelines above, check out our earlier blog post describing some of the elements that make a great application great.

Understanding how Indie Fund works and what we hope to see in an email from you, you can send us an email at: leads@indie-fund.com