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What is the Cultural Protection Fund? 

  • The Cultural Protection Fund is a £30m Fund that supports efforts to keep cultural heritage sites and objects safe, as well as the recording, conservation and restoration of cultural heritage.
  • The Fund supports projects to protect heritage at risk in twelve target countries: Afghanistan, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Iraq, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey and Yemen.
  • 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. 
  • The Cultural Protection Fund accepts applications from organisations globally, but applicants must either be based in, or have a partner in one of the Fund's target countries (see above). 
  • Please note: applications to the Fund are currently closed. Any further funding rounds will be announced on this site.  

As part of our wider work in culture and development, we manage the Cultural Protection Fund in partnership with DCMS. The Fund is administered by a UK-based team (and not the British Council offices based with our target countries).

Explore Cultural Protection Fund project highlights and find out more: