Current opportunities are displayed below. Please refer to the XR Stories Website or SIGN Website for specific eligibility requirements and guidelines for each funding call. 

XR Stories Funding Call 

It’s time to reset the industry balance. XR Stories is partnering with BRiGHTBLACK to run a new development programme exclusively for women, marginalised genders and those who are part of the LGBTQ+ community.

Immersive Digital Accelerator is an eight-week course in which participants will explore how to make engaging and compelling extended-reality (XR) experiences.

The scheme is welcoming applications from a range of creative disciplines and backgrounds. This includes recent graduates, developers, animators, sound engineers, producers and writers.

The course will include training in the following areas:

  • Introduction to XR technologies
  • 3D modelling
  • Narrative design and spatial storytelling in XR
  • World design and creation
  • Prototype production planning and workflows
  • Prototype building
  • Interaction design and C# Visual Scripting
  • Sound creation and design
  • Technical troubleshooting

The programme is funded by the European Regional Development Fund and will only be open to eligible individuals registered as sole traders or SMEs in the Leeds City Region. Please refer to the guidance document for more details.

Due to limited capacity we can only accommodate one participant per company.

The Screen Industries Growth Network (SIGN) is a unique, business-facing initiative supporting the TV, film and games industries in Yorkshire and the Humber. SIGN aims to make this region the UK’s centre for digital creativity, and a model of diverse and inclusive activity. In order to do this, SIGN connects companies, support agencies and universities through a programme of training, business development, research and evaluation.

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion feeds into and underpins all that SIGN does. We recognise the strength and creativity that a diverse and inclusive workforce brings, and aim to increase access to opportunities across the screen industries.

We welcome applications from businesses and organisations that share the same culture and values as SIGN and offer something different to the initiatives that SIGN is already undertaking.

All applications to the partnership working fund will need to demonstrate that they are seeking to support groups that are underrepresented in the screen industries and have a tangible link to the Yorkshire and Humber region.

If you have any questions about this opportunity before you submit your application please contact our team at

XR Stories