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International Collaboration Grants

21 October 2021/Categories: Grants_and_Funding

Fund Information

Funding body:
British Council
Maximum value:
£ 75,000
Application deadline:


The British Council is delivering its International Collaboration Grants Programme to support UK and international artists to work together on digital, face-to-face or hybrid artistic projects.

Objectives of Fund

Funding is intended to allow artists to make and develop creative artwork with their international peers and encourage new international partnerships and innovative ways of collaborating.

Value Notes

There is a total funding pot of £3.5 million.

Funding is divided as follows:

  • Small grants of £5,000 to £20,000.
  • Large grants of £20,000 to £75,000.

Who Can Apply

To be eligible, UK organisations must be working in partnership with an international organisation from an accepted country.

Applications will be accepted from arts and culture organisations, and higher education/research organisations with an arts and culture focus.

Applicants can be from the community, charity, private or public sector as long as they are a legally registered entity with a bank account.

Priority will be given to:

  • Projects that show clear benefit to artists and individual practitioners.
  • Organisations that identify specific artists for inclusion in the project.
  • UK organisations who have not previously worked with the British Council, especially those based outside London.

Eligible Expenditure

The funders are looking for innovative projects that demonstrate new art forms or content; work with a new partner or in a new country; or that approach audiences in a new way.

Projects could include the following:

  • Film.
  • Creative technology.
  • Literature.
  • Visual arts.
  • Theatre and dance.
  • Architecture, design and fashion.
  • Music.
  • Cross-art forms.
  • Activities with themes relevant to the creative economy.
  • Cross-disciplinary projects (eg art and science, art and technology).

The scope of a project could be to collaborate on a piece of art or could include:

  • Residencies.
  • Exhibitions, festivals, showcases, screening programmes.
  • Conferences, salons.
  • Creative use of archives.
  • Research and development of future project ideas.

Projects can address any theme, but the funders are particularly keen to receive proposals that focus on gender, race, ethnicity, disability, inclusion, ageing and other areas of diversity.

Grants can cover project costs including:

  • New staff positions to support delivery.
  • Additional hours for existing staff.
  • Training costs.
  • Professional fees.
  • Translation and interpretation fees.
  • Materials.
  • Activities relating to learning, advocacy and engagement.
  • Evaluation.
  • Promotion.
  • Equipment or overhead costs.
  • First-party insurance costs.


United Kingdom in partnership with at least one of the following eligible countries/territories:

Algeria, Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Colombia, Egypt, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Korea, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Norway, Occupied Palestinian TerritoryPakistan, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi, Spain, South Africa, Sudan, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, UAE, Ukraine, and Vietnam

Projects in bold are ODA (Official Development Assistance) countries/territories.

How To Apply

Applications will be accepted until 4 November 2021.

There will be two informal international meet-ups allowing organisations to network and discuss projects. These will be held on:

  • 20 October 2021, 4pm to 5pm BST (deadline for registration 18 October 2021).
  • 21 October 2021, 9am to 10am BST (deadline for registration 19 October 2021).

Full guidelines, links to register for the meet-ups and an online application form can be found on the British Council website.

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Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. Enquiries
    British Council
    1 Redman Place
    E20 1JQ
    Tel: 0161 957 7755
    Email: [email protected]

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