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).

Now closed: grants for projects relating to disaster and climate change preparedness in East Africa 

This new round of grants (up to £125k) is for applicants to submit proposals for projects that explore preparedness measures for heritage at risk due to natural disasters and climate change in one or more of the following countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, South Sudan, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. The round closed on 21 June 2020.

Find out more about the disaster and climate change preparedness round

Explore Cultural Protection Fund project highlights and find out more: