Crowdfunding is popular these days. Also for robotics projects regardless their size. Check out this request for funding a short robot movie:
"Amp" is a story about a robot that is trapped performing monotonous tasks, when one day he is presented with the opportunity to change everything.
You can help this project take off, and in return be credited in the film and get other goodies like artwork and movie posters.
Only 5 days left to get a look behind the scenes of creating a 3D animated short film, and make this robot's dreams of freedom a reality!
View the project on Kickstarter.