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What is the Cultural Protection Fund?

  • The Cultural Protection Fund is a fund that supports efforts to protect cultural heritage at risk.
  • The fund aims to help to create sustainable opportunities for economic and social development through building capacity to foster, safeguard and promote cultural heritage.
  • Grants are available to applicants working with local partners in one or more of the fund’s target countries: NB CPF is funded through Overseas Development Assistant 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. 

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).

Announcing £2.4M for international partnership projects

The Cultural Protection Fund will award more than £2.4M in follow-on grants to international partnership projects supporting vital heritage protection in the Middle East and North and East Africa.

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Explore Cultural Protection Fund project highlights and find out more: