The NSW Government is offering grants of up to $400,000 for companies developing ways to reduce gambling harm with technology.\nThe government\u2019s Office for Responsible Gambling is seeking project pitches that to \u201censure that technology is leveraged to most effectively deliver responsible gambling education, services and outcomes\u201d it said in a statement today.\n \nSmall ($100,000) and large ($400,000) grants are available for pitches that use tech to \u201chelp understand gambling-related problems and develop innovative solutions\u201d.\n \nThese might involve apps or online tools that help consumers make informed choices; immersive technology and virtual reality to develop materials that can be used to deliver gambling related education and awareness programs; innovative gambling harm minimisation messaging delivery; or increase quality interactions between gambling venue staff members and customers.\n \nA mix of large scale projects involving multi?year investments and small projects with short time?frames will be funded.\n \nSubmissions \u2013 those from partnerships between technology firms and industry are specifically encouraged \u2013 close on February 26.\n \nIt is anticipated that successful projects will be notified in the second quarter of this year.\n \nPokie problems\n \nIn the year to June 2018, 55 per cent of the NSW population participated in some form of gambling, according to the Office. Lotteries and instant scratch tickets were the most widely used, followed by playing gaming machines.\n \nIn 2016\/17, a total of $9.53 billion was spent on gambling in NSW, around 40 per cent of total gambling expenditure in Australia.\n \nAt last count (2012) around 12 per cent of the NSW population was classified as being at risk of problem gambling. Just less than one per cent was considered to be problem gamblers.\n \nAccording to a 2014 report, NSW has around 95,000 pokie machines, the state only being beaten by Nevada, home of Las Vegas. Australia has the sixth highest number of gambling machines in the world.\n\nIn 2017, NSW treasury coffers took more than $2 billion in gambling taxes. In June last year the state government introduced a new tax on online gambling, predicted to draw about $100 million a year.