British Council Arts Digital Collaboration Fund (Grants up to £50,000)

Interested in getting a grant for your art works or development projects? You can apply to benefit from the British Council Digital Collaboration Fund for art arts organisations to collaborate internationally. The British Council is offering grants of up to £50k to organisations in the UK and selected countries overseas to collaborate digitally on international projects.

The Digital Collaboration Fund aims to address the global challenge due to Covid-19. Through a series of grants, we are supporting organisations to devise new virtual ways of working internationally, in turn creating a climate-friendly approach to international collaboration and artistic exchange.

Program Sponsor(s): The British Council

Program Type: Research and Development Grant

Program Targeted at: Art organisations

Funding Amount: Up to £50,000

Funding Type: Support Grant

Country Eligibility: See list of eligible countries (below).


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British Council Arts Digital Collaboration Fund | Details

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Eligibility Criteria: The eligibility conditions for the British Council grant for arts are as follows;

  • The fund is open to arts and culture organisations and higher education organisations with an arts and culture focus.
  • Applications must be a partnership between at least one UK organisation and one organisation based in one of the countries listed below.
  • There must be one lead applicant, but this does not need to be the UK organisation.
  • Whilst the funds are designed to benefit the artistic community, applications will only be accepted from legally registered organisations and collectives. Applicants must have a registered business bank account.
  • We will accept applications for multilateral projects, with the focus on the programme being delivered mutually across the UK and in overseas countries.
  • In general, funding should be split 60/40 between the UK and the other countries. The lead partner should get no more than 60% of the funding and at least 40% of funding should be distributed in one or more of the countries listed below.

Eligible Countries: UK in partnership with;

Afghanistan, Algeria, Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Colombia, Cuba, Egypt, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Indonesia, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Nigeria, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Pakistan, Peru, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, Venezuela, Vietnam, Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia) Yemen, Zimbabwe.

Eligible Project Types: The British Council is expecting to fund the following kinds of projects (this is not an exhaustive list):

  • Virtual art residencies
  • Virtual exhibitions or showcases
  • Virtual conferences
  • Online art and cultural archives
  • Creative collaborations
  • Research & development of project ideas
  • Digital games
  • Mixed, augmented and virtual reality project


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Program Benefits/Funding Available

There are grants of between £10-20k and £40-50k available in the following three areas:

  1. Research and development grants: to research and develop proposals for new virtual collaboration projects
  2. Restart grants: for existing projects that are currently on pause due to Covid-19, to help organisations restart them via digital means
  3. Collaboration grants: for new projects with a focus on virtual collaboration and other new ways of working.

Applicants can either apply for a small or large grant for projects that align with the three areas above. The funding will be allocated as follows:

  • Small grants of 10-20k GBP – 4 grants awarded per area (12 total)
  • Large grants 40-50k GBP – 5 grants awarded per area (15 total)

Application Procedures

How-to-Apply: Interested and eligible persons/organisations for the British Council Digital Collaboration Fund should: Click Here to Apply

Application Deadline: Not Specified

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