What is the Cultural Protection Fund? 

  • The £30 million Cultural Protection Fund (CPF) supports efforts to keep cultural heritage sites and objects safe, as well as the recording, conservation and restoration of cultural heritage.
  • CPF 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.
  • CPF 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. 
  • CPF accepts applications from organisations globally, but applicants must have a partner in one of the Fund's target countries (see above). 
  • Please note: CPF applications are currently closed. 

As part of our wider work in culture and development, we manage the 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).

Explore CPF project highlights and find out more about the Fund: