The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports. Canadian Heritage is to be congratulated for millions in new funds either already announced or with an announcement imminent. As we report in this issue, the long-awaited Applied Research in Interactive Media program has funded at least five confirmed projects with several to come in the program it has co-funded with CANARIE Inc. Heritage's New Media Research Networks Fund will put $5.64 million into another five projects announced earlier this month.  These two funds are, perhaps more than Telefilm's Canada New Media Fund, critical for the future growth of the interactive digital media industry in this country. A glance at the winning projects reveals important work that would likely not proceed without public monies. But, the results these projects will hopefully produce will constitute the baseline technology on which to build successful commercial ventures. Advanced Positioning Research's Moveable Feast (see story in this issue) is one such project. The work the company is doing is difficult trial-and-error stuff. The company has had to go back to the drawing board to create software not currently available on the market. It is working out the applications best suited for technology that's still in its infancy. These types of experiments are deserving of the public funding they receive, and will likely deliver many times over the relatively small expenditure by government. The projects in these two funds are just a fraction of the many interesting and creative ideas submitted to Heritage and CANARIE, and if there is any real knock against the programs, it is that there are not enough resources available to fund even more initiatives. That, however, is the reality of government spending as policy-makers try to balance competing interests. It will be up to the recipients now to deliver exciting results and to prove the value of their work. When more projects like these can prove their worth, the funds available from the public pocket will only increase.