Eligibility criteria for the Cultural Protection Fund:

Who can apply?

CPF grants are only available to organisations

  • This round is open to any applicant proposing to work with one or more locally based partners in Libya, Syria or Yemen.
  • Lead applicant organisations based outside these target countries must deliver the project in partnership with at least one partner organisation based within the target countries. Organisations based within target countries can apply to the fund with or without partners.  
  • Sole traders are not eligible to 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.
  • 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?

  • Applicants may apply for grants from £5,000 up to £100,000.
  • A lead applicant organisation can submit multiple applications under any given round of funding, but a maximum of one award will be made.

What kind of projects are funded?

Funding available for work targeting the following areas:

  • New activities taking place in Libya, Syria or Yemen which contribute to our published outcomes.
  • Development work facilitating possible future work in these countries (e.g. research, feasibility studies or knowledge sharing) with strong potential to achieve our outcomes.

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 for more information on ODA.

Target countries

  • Projects must focus on one or more of our target countries for this round: Libya, Syria 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 these 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.
  • 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.  

Project timeline

  • Projects must be completed and grants paid by mid-March 2021.
  • Project activity should therefore be finished by the end of February 2021 in order to allow for the completion of your evaluation report and the submission of final invoices.

Are there required project outcomes?

The Cultural Protection Fund has three impact areas

Impact Area Outcome
  • Cultural heritage at risk is safeguarded for future generations.*
  • Cultural heritage at risk is better managed and prepared for potential threats.
  • Local organisations and communities have increased capacity and/or resilience to care for and protect cultural heritage.
  • Local people have developed skills, potentially leading to increased professional or other opportunities.
  • The profile of people engaging with cultural heritage is more diverse with respect to gender imbalances, age, ability, sexuality, ethnicity and social/religious background.***
  • Local communities have a better understanding of their cultural heritage and value it more.
  • Local communities have played a more active role in protecting their cultural heritage or sharing it with others, potentially leading to increased social cohesion and a greater sense of well-being.
  • The local area is enhanced for the benefit of communities and visitors.
  • The local economy has been diversified.

*Required outcome for all projects.

**All projects must include at least one society outcome.

***Priority will be given to projects which aim to achieve this outcome where possible and appropriate.