Mat Wright

The British Council is the largest single partner - it funds the development and coordination of the programme, as well as many of the international exchange elements.

Our funding comes from the core grant we receive from the UK Government.

To deliver Active Citizens around the world, we also work in partnership with the following organisations:

Foreign and Commonwealth Office; The European Union; Department for International Development; The Arab Partnership; The EU Partnership for Peace; The European Social Fund; EU Non-State Actors; The Open Society Foundation; The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency; The United Nations Development Programme; Barrick Gold. 

The training and workshops that we provide with our partners are free of charge for participants. Through the programme we try to ensure participants are well-equipped to identify ongoing social action initiatives that they can contribute to, as well as potential sources of funding for new action. Partner organisations involved in the programme may also provide funding for social action as part of their existing remit.

The British Council does not normally fund social action projects, but may provide funding support for local activity that promotes intercultural and international dialogue.

If you’re an Active Citizens programme participant or volunteer and you’d like to enquire about funding for your social action project your first point of contact for advice will be the local partner organisation delivering the programme in your community.