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

Given the international nature of our work and the evolving situation with COVID-19, please note that some of the opportunities below may be subject to change.

Find out more about our response to Covid-19 here.


Diaphonique is an open fund that supports collaboration between the UK and France in the field of contemporary classical music. It funds commissions, performances, residencies and education projects, aiming to support the building of long-lasting relationships and increasing the profile of UK and French new music overseas. Diaphonique is a partnership between the British Council, Institut français, SACEM, French Ministry of Culture, Le bureau export, and Creative Scotland.

  • Grant: covering up to 40% of project costs
  • Deadline: 16 May 2021
  • Open to: collaborative projects between France and the UK which include commissions, concerts, tours, residencies and educative projects

British Council Unlimited Micro Awards

We've launched a new partnership between the British Council and Unlimited to support disabled artists and collectives in the UK to pair with those in selected countries. The awards allow you to apply for up to £2,500 to develop creative connections through shared online work collaborations.

  • Grant: £2,500
  • Deadline: 18 May 2021
  • Open to: disabled artists/collectives from the UK must be the lead applicant, pairing with disabled artists/collectives in selected ODA countries, see website for more details

SPARK festival: creating connections across cultures

The British Council is currently inviting creative proposals for SPARK from individuals and organisations in the UK and Hong Kong that explore connections across cultures, celebrate the theme of inclusion, are accessible and reach diverse audiences. 

  • Grant: each proposal will be considered for funding on an individual basis, to a maximum of £10,000 per project
  • Deadline: 4 June 2021
  • Open to: artists and arts organisation in the UK and HK

Connections Through Culture: China

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