Type Funding
Key dates

Applications open: Monday 1 April 2019 

Deadline: Friday 12 May 2019

Eligibility UK higher education institutions and organisations working in creative enterprise and entrepreneurship

We’re pleased to announce that we will fund 12 more international partnerships between universities and creative institutions, building on the 38 partnerships from the programme’s first year. Each partnership will receive a maximum of £40,000 (this is to be used for one academic year - September 2019- June 2020).

The Creative Spark: Higher Education Enterprise Programme is a five-year initiative that aims to develop enterprise skills and the creative economy across seven countries in Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan), South Caucasus (Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia) and Ukraine through UK support. The primary beneficiaries are university students, graduates and young entrepreneurs.

The grant applications are expected to focus on:

  • skills development for students and young creative entrepreneurs
  • supporting new business activation and incubation
  • knowledge exchanges 


The partnership must be formed between at least one of the types of institutions/organisations listed below and at least one such organisation in a Creative Spark country (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan): 

  • university (or relevant institutions/institutes of the university)
  • local/National Foundations
  • public bodies (governmental, semi-governmental organisations working for city/national administrations with relevant focus)
  • non-governmental organisations
  • creative Hubs / Clusters / Innovation Centres

There isn’t a limit to the number  of partners you can involve in your partnership. 

For more information, please download the Application Guidelines at the bottom of this page.  

How to apply

All applications must be submitted using our online platform

However, to help develop your proposal with your partner(s), we have developed a Word version that is only to be used in the drafting stage. 


If you would like any assistance or have any enquiries, please contact creative.spark@britishcouncil.org or your local British Council country office before the submission deadline of 12 May 2019.