DICE Fund
The DICE Fund offers two types of 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 give £2 million to support the growth of creative and social enterprise in Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan, South Africa and the UK.

Two types of grants are awarded through the DICE Fund

  • Scoping and Business Development Grants
  • Collaboration Grants

Grants are designed to foster new partnerships, and enhance existing partnerships, between UK enterprises and sector support organisations (such as impact hubs, accelerators and universities) and counterparts in the overseas DICE countries. 

The partners will draw on the grants to co-design and co-deliver interventions that support the development of creative and social enterprises that specifically focus on one or more of the following: empowering women and girls, fostering youth employment, and supporting people with disabilities and other marginalised groups.

How to apply
There will be two calls for applications for Collaboration Grants

  • 1 September – 16 November 2018
  • 1 October 2018 – 8 February 2019

The DICE Fund is part of a wider two year programme, set up to tackle entrenched issues of unemployment and unequal economic growth in five emerging economies and the UK.  Please focus your proposals at the level of institutions (such as universities or sector support bodies) or enterprises rather than at a policy level.

You can submit your application via this portal

Please note: the Scoping and Business Development Grant application process is now closed.

Collaboration Grant

First call for applications: 1 September – 16 November 2018
Second call for applications: 1 October 2018 – 8 February 2019
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: Up to £50,000
Number of grants offered: 25
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 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. 

There will be two calls for Collaboration Grants. The first will open on 1 September and close on 16 November with the results announced the week commencing 10 December.

The second call will open on 1 October and close on 8 February 2019 with the results announced the week commencing 25 February.

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.

In total, 20 Collaboration grants of up to £25,000 and five grants of up £50,000 will be made available to UK/international partnerships in two stages.

Scoping and Business Development Grant

Call for application dates: 3 April – 1 June 2018
What: Site visits in one of five overseas DICE countries to scope opportunities to build a partnership and co-develop an initiative
Value: £3,000 - £5,000
Number of grants offered: Up to 50
Who can apply: UK organisations only

From 3 April to 1 June 2018, the British Council is soliciting applications from UK organisations for Scoping and Business Development grants worth £3,000-5,000 each. Up to 50 UK organisations and intermediaries will receive such grants.  The application deadline is 1 June and the results will be announced in the week commencing 18 June. 

The grants will support recipient organisations to conduct site visits to one of the five overseas DICE countries (Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan and South Africa) in order to scope opportunities and build partnerships with interested, compatible local enterprises or intermediary organisations. Two visits (see also DICE Timeline below) will be organised to each overseas DICE country and will be held during two designated weeks in the summer and autumn of 2018. Successful applicants will be invited to take part in one of the two visits.

The Scoping and Business Development grants will also support the UK and foreign partners to co-develop an initiative designed to strengthen both individual enterprises and the overall creative and/or social enterprise support ecosystem in the countries. 

UK applicants are able to list in order of priority which countries they would like to visit but will only be eligible to receive one grant for a scoping visit to one of the five overseas DICE countries.

How to apply to the DICE Fund for a grant

Please download the DICE Application Guidance and DICE Timeline below for details of the timeline, applications and assessment criteria. 

Applications can be filed directly on this portal. You will first need to register and create an account on the system and then access the DICE application site. Once you have filed an application you will receive a confirmation email acknowledging receipt of your application. 

Clarification questions

If you have any clarification questions about the grants, please submit them to DICEteam@britishcouncil.org. We will respond to you within three business days, and will also share replies with all other prospective applicants ahead of each application deadline.

To that end, we have added responses to clarification questions received by 1 May that may be relevant to other prospective applicants and are compiled in a PDF document ('DICE Fund - Response to clarification questions [3 May]’) that can be downloaded below.

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