The DICE Digital R&D Fund will offer 20 grants to support the delivery of ‘digital experiences’ that, among other objectives, will explore new ways of engaging audiences ©

Courtesy of Juliana Peppl

On 1 December 2020, we were delighted to announce the launch of the DICE Digital R&D Fund. Applications for this fund are now closed. 

This Fund will offer 20 grants to support the development and delivery of 20 co-designed ‘digital experiences’ that contribute to the DICE programme’s mission and ethos.

The Fund will also support the creation of a community of practice across the 20 partnerships to share learning from the digital experiences.

The value of each of these grants will range between £7,000 – £15,000.

The 20 grants will be awarded to 20 pairs of organisations, known hereafter as ‘DICE Digital Partners’, which will co-design and co-deliver a digital experience. 

About the digital experiences 

The digital experiences should: 

  • be delivered between February and May 2021
  • be designed by, with and/or for groups that are often disadvantaged in the economy, including but not limited to youth, women or people with disabilities
  • be tailored and produced for specific groups, such as creative social entrepreneurs, artists and policy makers
  • enable the DICE Digital Partners to enhance and improve their own digital confidence, capabilities and infrastructure
  • create genuine connection and camaraderie between the participants.

Please find a full list of requirements for the digital experiences in the Guidance Notes for Applicants, attached below. See also Info and support for applicants section below (click on the title to see the text).  

Who can apply?

Organisations that wish to apply must be based in a DICE country (Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan, South Africa and the UK) and must submit their application together with a partner organisation in another DICE country. (See 'Info and support for applicants' below for support in finding a partner).

We cannot accept applications from organisations applying without a partner organisation or from applicants that are not legally registered in a DICE country.

How to apply

Applications must be made via the British Council Grant Management Portal between 1 and 15 December 2020. 

Applicants must first register on the portal to access the application form -- see the Grant Management Portal Applicant Guide, available below, for step-by-step instructions on how to register. 

Then, they must complete the application. Guidance on completing the application is provided in the DICE Digital R&D Fund - Step-by-step Applicants Guide, available below.

Finally, they must complete a separate budget. The budget must be detailed on the DICE R&D Fund Budget and Activity Timeline Template which is available below. 

The application must be received before 23:59 GMT on 15 December 2020.

Info and support for applicants

More information on the fund, the digital experiences and application requirements are provided in the Guidance Notes for Applicants, attached below. In addition, 

  • two briefing sessions will be held on 2 December (at 10am and 2pm GMT) to answer questions and share information about the DICE Digital R&D Fund. Recording available here 
  • three ‘matchmaking’ sessions will be held on 3, 4 and 8 December at 11am GMT to help potential applicants who do not have a DICE Digital Partner to find a partner organization in another DICE country with which they can apply. Register here for the 3 Dec matchmaking webinarRegister here for the 4 Dec matchmaking webinar. Register here for the 8 Dec matchmaking webinar.
  • Daily ‘drop-in’ clinics will be held from 7 - 11 December, and again on 14 December, from 11am – 12pm GMT. Please join one of these calls if you have any questions about the Fund, application, or the process for applying. Please note that we will do our best to answer questions but are not able to provide bespoke advice about a specific application. The link for all the drop-in clinics is the same: bit.ly/DICEDrop-inClinics

There is no obligation for applicants to attend a briefing session, matchmaking session, or ‘drop-in’ call. Conversely, there is no limit to how many of these sessions and calls applicants can attend.

In addition to attending the matchmaking sessions, you can also search for a partner, or create a post about seeking a partner, on the DICE - Developing Inclusive and Creative Economies group on LinkedIn. We also invite you to explore and add your organization's detailes to our Matchmaking Database, where organisations can register their interest in finding a partner organisation.

Clarification questions should be sent to DICEteam@britishcouncil.org  We will post answers to questions received on this page on 3 December 2020. As with the drop-ins, we are not able to provide bespoke application support.