Type Funding
Key dates

Deadline to submit proposals: Monday 8 October 2018.

Eligibility For details please download Application Guidelines at the bottom of the page.

Creative Spark: Higher Education Enterprise Programme is a five-year initiative to support international university and institutional partnerships to develop enterprise skills and creative economy across seven countries in Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan), South Caucasus (Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia) and Ukraine through UK support. 

Creative Spark Partnership Fund is developed for building partnerships between universities and creative institutions in the UK and those in programme countries in order to support enterprise education and establish enterprise centres/hubs. 

The grant is designed to enhance existing partnerships or foster new ones between UK Higher Education Institutions, related national bodies in the creative sector and the equivalent institutions in the participating countries. 

Applications are expected to focus on: 

  • Skills development for students and young creative entrepreneurs
  • Supporting new business activation and incubation
  • Knowledge exchange  

Funding will be available up to £50,000 per project for Year 1 (October 2018- July 2019). Applications for less than this are welcome.

The partnership must be formed between at least one of the identified organisations in the UK and at least one organisation in the programme country. The final version of the application must be submitted by the UK partner.

Partnerships may be one-to-one or involve a consortium (i.e. a small group of universities/institutions either from the UK or partner country). 

The partnership should allow for sharing best practice and learning from enterprise education and skills development for all parties.

The official launch of the programme will take place Wednesday 5 to Friday 7 September 2018 at the International Entrepreneurship Educators Conference (IEEC) in Leeds, UK.


  • Higher Education Institutions (relevant institutions/institutes) 
  • Local/National Foundations (with relevant focus and capacity to programme targets)
  • Public bodies (Governmental, Semi-governmental organisations working for city/national administrations with relevant focus)
  • Non-governmental organisations (working on creative enterprise and entrepreneurship)
  • Creative Hubs / Clusters / Innovation Centres

How to apply

To assist in developing the application and sharing content with partners, applicants can download a Word version of the online form below. This is solely to allow applicants to develop their proposals in a convenient format. 

For your inquiries, please contact creative.spark@britishcouncil.org and British Council country offices before the submission deadline.