Eligibility criteria for the Cultural Protection Fund:

Who can apply?

CPF grants are only available to organisations

  • Sole traders are not eligible to apply.
  • Applications must be submitted by one lead applicant organisation with up to eight partner organisations. 
  • Lead applicant organisations based outside the target countries must deliver the project in partnership with at least one partner organisation based within the Fund’s target countries.
  • Cultural Protection Fund is designed with applications from UK-registered organisations in mind; however, any organisation may apply. 
  • All applicants and partners will be required to submit the same level of evidence of legal status and supporting documentation (including Expression of Interest and Application forms) in English in order to enable due diligence to be conducted.
  • Applications must demonstrate intent to benefit one or more of the Fund’s 12 target countries as their main aim. If private owners or for-profit organisations are involved in a project, we expect the benefit to the social and economic development of the target country to outweigh any private gain.

How much can you apply for?

  • A lead applicant organisation can submit multiple applications under any given round of funding, but a maximum of one award will be made.
  • Small Grant applicants may apply for grants from £5000 up to £100,000.
  • Large Grant applicants may apply for grants over £100,000 up to £2 million. However, funding for larger projects will be limited, and you should take this into account when deciding upon the amount of your grant request.
  • The maximum total amount of funding which can be awarded to any lead applicant organisation during the life of the fund (2016-2020) is £3 million.

What kind of projects are funded?

ODA compliance

  • The Cultural Protection Fund is classed as Official Development Assistance (ODA). ODA is a term coined by the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to measure aid.
  • Projects are required to demonstrate that they are making a positive contribution to the social and economic development of one or more of the Fund’s target countries.
  • They should aim to further sustainable development (development that is likely to generate lasting benefits for the population of the country to which it is provided) or improve the welfare of the population.
  • Please see our Application Guidance (Section Four: Useful Tips) for more information on ODA.

Target countries

  • Projects must be in one or more of our target countries: Afghanistan, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Iraq, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey and Yemen.
  • The Cultural Protection Fund is for projects focusing on the protection of cultural heritage at risk due to conflict in one or more of the Fund’s target countries.
  • By ‘conflict-affected countries’, we refer to geographical areas which are currently in conflict, at risk of future conflict or are suffering the effects of conflict and located in countries eligible to receive Official Development Assistance (ODA).

Project type

  • By project, we mean work or activity that is defined at the outset and will contribute to achieving the outcomes of the Fund.
  • Cultural heritage includes many different things from the past that communities value and want to pass on to future generations.
  • The Cultural Protection Fund takes an outcomes-led approach. Projects are required to achieve one or more of our three outcomes: cultural heritage protection (required), training and capacity building and advocacy and education. See the Outcomes section below for more details.
  • Applicants will be asked to explain the significance of the cultural heritage their project focuses on and how it is valued by the local population. They will also need to outline how the cultural heritage is at risk due to conflict. This risk can be associated with past, current or potential future conflict. 
  • Projects must be ODA compliant – see ODA section below for more information.

Project timeline

  • Projects must be completed and grants paid by mid-March 2020.
  • Project activity should therefore be finished by the end of January 2020 in order to allow for the completion of your evaluation report and the submission of final invoices.

Cultural heritage examples:

Archaeological sites and monuments; collections of objects, books or documents in museums, libraries or archives; historic buildings; cultural traditions such as stories, festivals, crafts, music, dance and costumes; histories of people, communities, places and events; the heritage of languages and dialects; and people’s memories and experiences (often recorded as ‘oral history’).

Are there required project outcomes?

The Cultural Protection Fund has three complementary and mutually reinforcing outcomes

  • Applicants will be asked to refer to these when explaining how their project will meet the outcomes of the Fund.
  • Grant recipients will be required to measure their progress against achieving these outcomes throughout project delivery and in their evaluation reports.

The outcomes are designed to achieve the government’s vision and maximise the impact it can have.

Category Outcome
Cultural heritage protection* Cultural heritage under threat is researched, documented, conserved and/or restored to safeguard against permanent loss.
Training and capacity building Local professionals have sufficient business or specialist skills to be able to manage and promote cultural assets which [will] benefit the local economy and society.
Advocacy and education Local people are able to identify and value their cultural heritage and have a good understanding of what can be done to protect their cultural heritage and the role it plays in society and the economy.

*All projects must contribute towards the outcome relating to cultural heritage protection.

Ineligible projects

Funding is not available for: 

  • projects that do not achieve the required outcome - Cultural Heritage Protection
  • project activities relating to training and or building the capacity of foreign militaries
  • projects that aim to promote the culture or values of the UK
  • projects that contribute to the purchase of property. Due to the scope of the fund, major capital projects involving significant amounts of redevelopment or new building work are unlikely to be a high priority for funding
  • projects that are non-ODA compliant
  • applications from organisations that aim to re-grant.