Current and upcoming international opportunities for artists, creatives, professionals, and organisations

Cultural Protection Fund: Apply for up to £100k for a project relating to Libya, Syria, and Yemen

Expressions of interest are now open for projects (up to £100,000) that will encourage creative solutions to protect heritage at risk in Libya, Syria or Yemen.

  • Grant/opportunity: up to £100,000
  • Deadline: 23 December 2019
  • Open to: open worldwide. Lead applicant organisations based outside Libya, Syria, and Yemen 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 

Call for proposals: Art critique and communication skills workshop design and delivery

British Council Saudi Arabia is inviting UK based professionals to submit their proposals to design and deliver a workshop in Art Critic and Communication skills. The workshop will be held in two cities in Saudi in Feb 2020.

  • Grant: £14,000
  • Deadline: 27 December 2019
  • Open to: experienced UK based curators, facilitators or institutions with experience in delivering cultural skills training


A bilateral fund for classical contemporary music, supporting collaborative projects between France and the UK which include commissions, concerts, tours, residencies, and educative projects. 

  • Grant/opportunity: various
  • Deadline: 15 January 2020
  • Open to: UK / France hosting organisations with classical contemporary music to be music composed within the last 30 years or in the process of being composed 

BBC World Service and British Council International Radio Playwriting Competition 2020

We're inviting writers from outside the UK to submit radio drama scripts for the 27th International Radio Playwriting Competition. 

  • Grant/opportunity: £2,500 prize, a trip to London and have their radio play recorded and broadcast by the BBC World Service
  • Deadline: 31 January 2020
  • Open to: we encourage both new and established writers to enter the competition however entrants must be 18 or over and live outside of the UK


The FestivalConnect grant facilitates connections, exchanges and showcases contemporary arts between UK and SSA festivals across any and all art forms. We believe festivals are unique environments and make for condensed and intense experiences, and we would like to see ambitious and experimental projects fostered through this call.

  • Grant: various (£10,000 to £20,000)
  • Deadline: 5 February 2020
  • Open to: UK and SSA Festivals

Connections Through Culture – China and the UK 

Connections through Culture is a long-term programme to develop exciting cultural collaborations between artists and arts organisations, supporting long-lasting relationships between China and the UK.

  • Grant: £2,500
  • Deadline: rolling
  • Open to: artists and arts organisations in the UK and China 

Creative Europe

Creative Europe is the European Union's programme to support the cultural, creative and audiovisual sectors. From 2014-2020, €1.46 billion is available to support European projects with the potential to travel, reach new audiences and encourage skill sharing and development. Creative Europe brings together a Culture sub-programme, which provides funding for the cultural and creative sectors, and a MEDIA sub-programme, which invests in film, television, new media and games. 

  • Grant: various
  • Deadline: rolling
  • Open to: the creative, cultural and audiovisual sectors in Europe

China Now

China Now is a digital hub offering insights, exclusive content and opportunities for UK based creatives and organisations interested in working in China.

  • Opportunity: insights, content and opportunities
  • Deadline: N/A
  • Open to: UK creatives and organisations

Short Film Travel Grant Fund

In partnership with the BFI, British Council Film operates a Travel Grant Fund that supports filmmakers to travel to key international festivals with short films. There is a list of 60+ eligible festivals at the weblink.

  • Grant: £100 - £1000
  • Deadline: rolling
  • Open to: UK-based filmmakers with short films accepted into one of our listed key festivals

Connections Through Culture: UK-Southeast Asia 

Connections Through Culture is an arts mobility grant scheme run by the British Council in the UK and East Asia. Starting 26 August 2019, we will be extending it to Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Indonesia, Vietnam, and the Philippines and mobility will be open in this cluster every three months.

  • Grant: up to £2,500, £3,500, and £5,000 every quarter (grants are not for academic support and can be used to support other grants)
  • Deadline: rolling
  • Open to: UK and Southeast Asian artists, arts professionals (curators, art managers, art specialists) and representatives of arts collectives/groups of all ages with preference to SEA applicants who have not yet traveled to UK and vice versa

Connections through Culture: Taiwan

British Council in Taiwan has launched the 'Connections through Culture' Grants starting July 2019. It is an arts mobility grant scheme which aims to develop exciting cultural collaborations between artists and arts organisations, also to support long-lasting relationships between Taiwan and the UK. 

  • Grant: £2,500
  • Deadline: rolling
  • Open to: artists and arts organisations in the UK and Taiwan