The £2 million DICE Fund offers grants to support the development of creative and social enterprises through partnerships between UK organisations and counterparts in Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan and South Africa  ©

British Council

The DICE Fund will award £2 million in grants to support the growth of creative and social enterprise in Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan, South Africa and the UK. 

The DICE Fund is part of the wider DICE programme which was set up to tackle entrenched issues of unemployment and unequal economic growth in these six countries. 

Two types of grants are awarded through the DICE Fund: Scoping and Business Development Grants (now closed) and Collaboration Grants (applications open on 3 September, 2018). 

These grants are jointly awarded to partnerships comprising a UK-based organisation and a partner in another DICE country. 

The partners draw on the grants to co-design and co-deliver interventions that support the development of creative and social enterprises that specifically aim to:

  • empower women and girls; 
  • foster youth employment; and/or
  • promote the inclusion and economic empowerment of disabled people or other marginalised groups. 

How to apply for a Collaboration Grant

Please read About the Collaboration Grant for an overview. For details, application guidance and timelines, please download the Collaboration Grant Guidelines as well as the Step-by-Step Application Guide below.

(Note that these Guidelines were updated on 3 October 2018 to indicate that in Brazil, priority will be given to interventions delivered in the cities of Belo Horizonte, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, Santos, and São Paulo).

To register your interest in applying, please complete this short survey. We will then send you a link and log in for our online application site. 

Prospective applicants should also download the DICE Collaboration Grant Budget Template (see below) which must be used to complete Section 7 of the Collaboration Grant application.

Clarification questions

Below, please find replies to three sets of clarification questions about the Collaboration Grants. The first respond to questions received between 3 September and 1 October 2018, the second to questions received between 1 and 12 October, and the third to questions received between 13 and 30 October. 

Please send additional clarification questions to DICEteam@britishcouncil.org and we will post replies to these questions on this webpage on 1 November 2018. 

About the Collaboration Grant

What: Jointly awarded to UK and partner country organisations to co-develop initiatives that will strengthen creative and social enterprises in one of five countries. 
Value: £20,000 - £85,000
Who can apply: UK organisations jointly with international partners (from one of the five overseas DICE countries)
Location of intervention: one of five partner countries (Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan or South Africa)

Collaboration Grants will be jointly awarded to organisations in Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan and South Africa working in partnership with a UK organisation to deliver interventions that they have co-developed. 

These interventions are expected to last 12-15 months and be delivered in one of the five overseas DICE countries. They must aim to strengthen creative and social enterprises that specifically focus on empowering women and girls, fostering youth employment, supporting people with disabilities, and/or engaging other marginalised groups. 

Applications for the Collaboration Grants will open from 3 September 2018. The application deadline for projects in Brazil and Pakistan will be 11 November. The application deadline for projects in Egypt and Indonesia will be 18 November. The application deadline for projects in South Africa will be 25 November.

All applications must be developed, drafted and submitted jointly by the two partner organisations, one of which must be based in the UK and the other in one of the five designated countries. 

The UK applicant need not have previously secured a Scoping and Business Development Grant to be eligible for a Collaboration Grant.

The value of the Collaboration Grants will range between £20,000 – £85,000 with the amount jointly awarded to the two organisations. 

Applications should be prepared and submitted by the partner organisations. To begin the application process, please complete this short survey. We will then email you a link and log in to our online application site.  Please also refer to our Step-by-Step Application Guide and Collaboration Grant Guidelines (find links to both documents below).

Join our DICE LinkedIn group, webinars and 'virtual clinics'

In order to foster connections and discussion between prospective applicants in the UK and in the other DICE countries the following opportunities are available: 

DICE LinkedIn Group
Please contact DICEteam@britishcouncil.org to join this group or search for ‘British Council - DICE - Developing Inclusive and Creative Economies’ on LinkedIn and ask to join. 

One for each DICE country to provide prospective applicants in both countries an opportunity to learn more about DICE and the Collaboration Grants and connect with colleagues overseas.  These webinars will be held on Zoom and the link to join will be provided on the DICE LinkedIn group before each webinar.

  • South Africa: Tuesday, 9 October 2018, 10.30 UK time / 11.30 South Africa time
  • Indonesia: Wednesday, 10 October 2018, 10.30 UK time / 16.30 Indonesia time
  • Brazil: Wednesday, 10 October 2018, 9.00 São Paulo, Brazil / 13.00 UK time
  • Pakistan: Wednesday 17 October 10.00 UK time / 14.00 Pakistan time Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/142900611
  • Egypt: Monday, 22 October 2018, 13.00 UK time / 14.00 Cairo time 

DICE weekly drop-in virtual clinics
Information sessions to ask any additional questions you may have about the Fund and application process. Please note bespoke support about your organisation’s eligibility and application will not be provided. These clinics will be held as a series of webinars on the Zoom platform at the times below. 

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