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A new fund to support arts organisations to collaborate internationally

This fund awards grants to organisations in the UK and selected countries overseas to collaborate digitally on international projects.

Why a digital collaboration fund? 

We have always supported international artistic collaboration through our work. In response to increasing restrictions on global travel due to Covid-19, and rising concerns about the sustainability of face-to-face collaborations, we are now looking for new ways to foster these international connections. 

The Digital Collaboration Fund aims to address this challenge. Through a series of grants, we are supporting organisations to devise new virtual ways of working internationally, in turn creating a climate-friendly approach to international collaboration and artistic exchange.

Please note the fund has now closed and we are no longer accepting applications

The deadline for applications has now passed. We will notify all applicants by 31 December 2020. Please refrain from contacting local British Council offices before that time. We are unable to respond to individual queries about this fund. 

We were overwhelmed with the number of applications we received, so we know that unfortunately there will be many eligible projects that we are unable to fund in this pilot round. We recommend that you keep an eye on our arts opportunities page, which we regularly update with live opportunities. 

Find out more about the fund below:

General eligibility information:

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  • The fund is for arts and culture organisations and higher education organisations with an arts and culture focus
  • Individuals as either lead or collaborator are not eligible to apply.
  • Your project must take place between 1 January 2021 - 31 December 2021.
  • Applications must be a partnership between at least one UK organisation and one organisation based in one of the countries listed below.
  • There must be one lead applicant, but this does not need to be the UK organisation. 
  • Whilst the funds are designed to benefit the artistic community, applications will only be accepted from legally registered organisations and collectives. Applicants must have a registered business bank account. 
  • We will accept applications for multilateral projects, with the focus on the programme being delivered mutually across the UK and in overseas countries. 
  • In general, funding should be split 60/40 between the UK and the other countries. The lead partner should get no more than 60% of the funding and at least 40% of funding should be distributed in one or more of the countries listed below.  

Eligible countries:

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UK in partnership with:

Afghanistan, Algeria, Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Colombia, Cuba, Egypt, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Indonesia, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Nigeria, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Pakistan, Peru, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, Venezuela, Vietnam, Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia) Yemen, Zimbabwe.

Funding available:

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 There are grants of between £10-20k and £40-50k available in the following three areas:

  1. Research and development grants: to research and develop proposals for new virtual collaboration projects
  2. Restart grants: for existing projects that are currently on pause due to Covid-19, to help organisations restart them via digital means 
  3. Collaboration grants: for new projects with a focus on virtual collaboration and other new ways of working.
Applicants can either apply for a small or large grant for projects that align with the three areas above. The funding will be allocated as follows:
  • Small grants of 10-20k GBP - 4 grants awarded per area (12 total)
  • Large grants 40-50k GBP - 5 grants awarded per area (15 total)

Example project types:

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We are expecting to fund the following kinds of projects (this is not an exhaustive list):

  • Virtual art residencies
  • Virtual exhibitions or showcases
  • Online art and cultural archives
  • Creative collaborations
  • Research & development of project ideas
  • Digital games
  • Mixed, augmented and virtual reality projects

Official Development Assistance (ODA) definition:

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Official Development Assistance (ODA) is the UK government’s overseas aid budget to support the government’s 2015 Aid Strategy in developing countries. 

The Digital Collaboration Fund is Official Development Assistance. ODA is a term coined by the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to measure aid.

An ODA compliant project proposal should:

  • demonstrate that projects will make a positive contribution to the social and economic development of the ODA country involved;
  • 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.

British Sign Language interpretation:

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A summary of this open call is available in British Sign Language. 

Watch the BSL open call video

Assessment process:

We are currently in the process of assessing applications against:

  • Project criteria
  • Application funding area (research and development grants, restart grants, collaboration grants)
  • Grant size     
  • Geographical distribution across the regions that we operate in

All applicants will be notified by 31 December 2020. NB We are not able to offer individual feedback to all applicants but will host group feedback sessions in February 2021. For more information visit our FAQs page.  

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