Funding sources

Over 75 per cent of the British Council’s turnover is earned through teaching and exams, tendered contracts and partnerships.

The British Council also receives grant-in-aid funding from the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO). This makes up less than 25 per cent of our total income but enables us to represent the UK’s long term interest in countries where we cannot rely on earned income alone.

You can access detailed information about our activities and sources of income in the British Council’s Annual Reports and Accounts and the Management Statement (see below for download) and Financial Memorandum agreed between the British Council and the FCO setting out the conditions associated with the grant-in-aid funding under corporate reports and documents.

Further information about our paid services and our relationship with the UK government is available under facts about us.