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British Council Grants for International Digital Collaboration

12 November 2020/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

The Digital Collaboration Fund aims to address the challenge of continuing to support international artistic collaboration during COVID-19 restrictions.

Through a series of grants, this fund will support organisations to devise new virtual ways of working internationally, in turn creating a climate-friendly approach to international collaboration and artistic exchange. 

There are three strands available under this programme:

  • Research and development grants: Grants to research and develop proposals for new virtual collaboration projects.

  • Restart grants: Grants for organisations to restart projects that are currently on pause due to the impact of COVID-19 and covert the project to a digital/virtual output.

  • Collaboration grants: Grants for new collaboration projects with a focus on virtual and other new ways of working. 

There are two levels of grant available, a small grant of £10,000 to £20,000 (4 grants awarded per area) or a large grant of £40,000 to £50,000 (5 grants awarded per area) for each of the three funding areas.

The fund is open to arts and culture organisations and higher education organisations with an arts and culture focus.

Applications must be a partnership between at least one UK organisation and one organisation based in one of the selected ODA-eligible countries.

Projects must take place between 1 January 2021 - 31 December 2021

How To Apply

There must be one lead applicant, but this does not need to be the UK organisation. 

Applications must be submitted online by the deadline of 18 November 2020 (23:59 GMT).

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