Get up to £50,000 for Creative Commissions in the British Council Climate Change and COP26 2020

Apply for a grant of up to £50,000 in the  British Council Climate Change and COP26 initiative. 

Open to creative commissions that bring together art, science, and digital technology and offer innovative responses to climate change, the British Council will award successful candidates the opportunity to collaborate with international partners and realize their creative ideas. 

Application Deadline: December 13, 2020.


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Successful candidates will-

  • Get to collaborate with international partners and realize their creative ideas. 
  • Receive a grant of £50,000. 
  • Be part of the cultural program in the build up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), which the UK is hosting in Glasgow in November 2021.


To be eligible for grant application, 

  • Applications must include at least one partner in the UK and one overseas partner from the eligible countries and states listed in the Briefing document.
  • Applicants must be living in their respective country at the time of applying and for the duration of this project.
  • Partners from countries outside of the list of eligible countries can be part of a collaboration but cannot receive any financial benefit from this grant.
  • Applications should be jointly submitted and signed by all named collaborators, with one lead UK partner who will be contracted and responsible for leading communications and disseminating the grant to all collaborators. Individuals, organisations and/or informal collectives/networks are all eligible to apply but should have demonstrable experience of managing similar projects and grants.
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate clear benefit to the overseas eligible country, which should be reflected through the project planning (including budget allocation), delivery and dissemination. 

This includes demonstrating how the overseas partners or their audiences may benefit from showcasing opportunities, new networks and capacity building. Mutuality must be a central component to the international collaboration.

  • Applicants should support the ethos and values of this commission and where appropriate, have a demonstrable history of supporting environmentally friendly and low carbon ideas and initiatives. 

Applicants who are new to sustainable practice and want to include this in their businesses or work moving forward are encouraged to submit joint applications with those who have more experience in this area.

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Application Instructions

Before applying, 

  • Click here for full details on the call and requirements in the Briefing document, 
  • Or watch the short film that provides an introduction to the Briefing document in British Sign Language, 

Or an Easy read version of the Briefing document.

About the British Council Climate Change and COP26 2020

The British Council is a scheme for creative commissions that offer innovative solutions to climate change to collaborate with individuals and organizations in the UK. 

The initiative provides grant funding to help these commissions realize their creative ideas.  

It aims to help them stimulate truly global conversations, bringing people from different countries, cultures and communities together to understand each other’s perspectives and to work together on creative responses and solutions to climate change.

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Key Dates and Order of Program

All applications must be submitted by 13th December, 2020.

 Up to 20 projects will be selected and supported.

Criteria such as the interdisciplinary and collaborative ways of working through these commissions, for example from individuals or organizations involved in arts, creativity and culture, community and civil society, science and research, education, English language teaching, youth work and more, will be considered.

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