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New funding announced for 2020-2021

The Cultural Protection Fund is continuing into 2021!

Building on from the success of the last four years, new funding is now available to new and existing grantees.

Read more about the additional funding and the extension of the fund here. 

The first round of funding available is for projects relating to Libya, Syria and Yemen. Find out more below and register for an online information session here

What is the Cultural Protection Fund? 

  • The Cultural Protection Fund is a Fund that supports efforts to protect cultural heritage at risk in in twelve target countries in the Middle East and North Africa.
  • The Fund aims to help to create sustainable opportunities for economic and social development through building capacity to foster, safeguard and promote cultural heritage affected by conflict.
  • Grants are available to applicants working with local partners in one or more of the Fund’s target countries: Afghanistan, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Iraq, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey and Yemen.  NB CPF is funded through ODA grant which limits the Fund to ODA countries.
  • 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). 
  • New funding is available in a special open call aiming to generate new ideas for projects relating to Syria, Yemen and Libya, where CPF investment has been low to date. EOIs open 05 November 2019.

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: