The National Endowment for the Arts is now providing grants for video game creators. In a nod toward modernity, the NEA's Arts on Radio and Television category has been replaced by Arts in Media, which includes mobile technology, digital games and other gaming platforms. Take THAT, Roger Ebert!
NEA grants generally range from $10,000 to $200,000, and are provided to fund the creation and distribution of works of Art. Whether that includes your zombie shooter or not would be determined by the NEA, but no one is allowed to steal my submission, a Wii game tentatively entitled "Mario's post-modern digital dialectic: An architecturo-historical view of the proto-self in search of a global-cultural narrative." I think I've got a winner here, people.
If you'd like to apply, visit the NEA's page for details. I'f you'd like to disparage or praise the work of the NEA, feel free to use our comment section or write to your Congressman.