In recent years, there has been a growing awareness of the need to increase the cultural heritage sector’s capacity to prepare for and mitigate the effects of natural disasters and climate change. 

This new round of grants is open for applications for projects (up to £125k) relating to preparedness measures to protect cultural heritage against the effects of natural disasters and climate change in one or more of the following countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, South Sudan, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. 

This is a pilot round which will help to test the Cultural Protection Fund’s approach to expanding our work in this area. Due to the timescale and available budget, we anticipate funding only 3-5 projects. 

Please note that in order to apply for a grant, you must first have a mandatory conversation with a Cultural Protection Fund Grants Manager, which will enable us to assess your eligibility to submit an application. Details of how to arrange a mandatory conversation can be found in the steps below. 

Follow these steps to apply for a grant:

Step 1: Check your eligibility and read the Grant Application Guidance document

Step 2: Arrange a mandatory conversation with a Project Manager

In order to apply for a grant, you must first have a mandatory conversation with a Cultural Protection Fund Grants Manager, which will enable us to assess your eligibility to submit an online application form. 

During the call, which will be in English, the Grants Manager will discuss with you:

  • Details about your organisation, as well as your partner organisations and your track record delivering similar projects
  • The location, significance and value of the Cultural Heritage that you aim to protect
  • The threat to the Cultural Heritage due to natural disasters and/or climate change 
  • The activities you are proposing to protect the cultural heritage at risk
  • Whether or not you will be invited to apply

If you are invited to submit a full application, you will receive a confirmation email shortly after the conversation. Please note, due to the small budget for this pilot round, we will only invite a small number of full applications. If you are not invited to apply this does not mean that your project cannot be submitted to future Cultural Protection Fund funding rounds.

To arrange your mandatory conversation email cpfapplications@britishcouncil.org with the following information:

  • Name and location of the applicant organisation
  • Name and location of any partner organisations
  • Expected grant request
  • Brief description of the project including the heritage, the risk and the proposed activities (100 words)

Please note that you will only be invited to have a mandatory conversation if your project falls with the Cultural Protection Fund's definition of cultural heritage, natural disasters and climate change, and eligible activities.

Step 3: Complete the online application form

  • Once eligibility has been confirmed, applicant organisations are then invited to complete the online application form. 
  • A project budget and cash flow must be uploaded to the online application form. A template is available to download below. 
  • A project plan must also be uploaded to the online application form. A template is available to download below.
  • Some supporting documents are also required and are listed in the Grant Application Guidance document. This document is available to download below. 

Application timeline

Activity Timeline
Application deadline 21 June 2020
Decision meeting July 2020 with applicants notified by early August 2020
Projects commence September 2020 (projects can last up to 6 months and must finish by the end of February 2021)