As part of our wider work in culture and development, we manage the Cultural Protection Fund (CPF) in partnership with DCMS.

The CPF is administered by a UK-based team (and not the British Council offices based with our target countries). Contact culturalprotection@britishcouncil.org with any questions.

Funding for organisations

The £30 million fund supports efforts to keep cultural heritage sites and objects safe, as well as the recording, conservation and restoration of cultural heritage.

It also provides opportunities to local communities for training and education, enabling and empowering them in the long term to value, care for and benefit from their cultural heritage. 

  • Organisations can apply for small (from £5000) and large grants (up to £2 million) if working to create sustainable opportunities for economic and social development. 
  • Only projects working in Afghanistan, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Iraq, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey and Yemen will be considered. 
  • Applicant organisations based in countries other than those listed above must have a partner working from within the target countries above. 

Find information on eligibilty and how to apply: