The Development Grant focuses on the development stage of the project which involves idea generation, production design, market research and marketing analysis. This stage is defined as the planning phase of the project.

This includes activities where ideas are developed as a working script, research and development (R&D) of the concept, business plans, and preparation of documents for investors.

Eligibility Criteria


The applicant is a company incorporated in Malaysia.


More than Fifty Per Cent (50%) of the legal and beneficial ownership of the applicant is vested in Malaysian(s).


The applicant is not the subject of a winding up order and has no going concern and if the applicant has going concern issue (as reported in the latest audited account), the applicant has to obtain undertaking letter and/written statement by the company’s shareholder and/or director to financially undertake and liability to the company.


Where the applicant has received grant from MDEC and/or any other ministries or agencies under the Government of Malaysia of any amount exceeding RM150,000.00 (in a single case):


All such grants have been fully utilised; and


All projects thereunder have been completed i.e. all milestones have been delivered to the satisfaction of the provider of such funding as duly acknowledged and certified by the provider of such grants


Where the applicant has received grant from MDEC/ and or any other ministries or agencies under the Government of Malaysia, the applicant shall provide success story and/or proven revenue generated from the project which was funded (not applicable for past development grant recipients)


The applicant fulfils at least One (1) of the following:


The applicant has a minimum of Two (2) years track record in the conceptual development of creative works whether as an outsourced service provider or in creation of original works; and/or


Where the applicant has been in operation for less than Two (2) years, the Applicant must have a minimum of Two (2) fulltime staff [whereby at least One (1) of the staff has at least Two (2) years track record of delivering projects (whether as an outsourced service provider or in the creation of original works)] in its employment.

Allowable project duration

Up to 8 months.

Scope of projects

Eligible Project Categories

Allowable Project Deliverables


Animated Series

Animated Feature Film

Beyond Entertainment

(a) R&D report

(b) script;

(c) character and environment design;

(d) animation test or visual test clips;

(e) production pitching materials.


Digital Games


Extended Reality

Beyond Entertainment

(a) R&D report on game play.

(b) Game concept design.

(c) Game prototype test; and/or

(d) Production pitching materials.


(a) R&D report on content design;

(b) prototype design;

(c) prototype test; and/or

(d) production pitching materials.

Example of Activities

  • R&D on concept, storyline, pre-development;
  • Script development;
  • Concept development;
  • Cost of optioning (to acquire the rights book author / publisher);
  • Character and environment development;
  • Game play, interactive simulation R&D and design;
  • Prototype R&D and design;
  • Animation test, clip test, visual test, prototype test (3-5 minutes pilot pitching);
  • Production pitching materials; and / or
  • Any other activities which constitute “development” according to acceptable industry practice.