Get up to £50,000 for Arts/Culture-focused Organizations and Higher Education Institutions in the British Council Digital Collaboration Fund 2020

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Sign up for the 2020 British Council Digital Collaboration Fund for a chance to receive a grant of up to £50k for arts organizations to collaborate internationally.

Selected organizations in the UK and selected countries abroad will be awarded the grant to collaborate digitally on international artistic projects.

Application Deadline: November 18, 2020.

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Benefits

The scheme will provide grants of up £50,000 to organizations in the UK and selected Official Development Assistance (ODA) countries to collaborate on digital projects: 

  • Small grants of £10,000-20,000 GBP – 4 grants awarded per area (12 total) 
  • The Large grants of £40,000-50,000 GBP – 5 grants awarded per area (15 total)
  • The small grants and large grants are available in the following three areas:
    • Research and development grants: To research and develop proposals for new virtual collaboration projects
    • Restart grants: For existing projects that are currently on pause due to Covid-19, to help organizations restart them via digital means.
    •  Collaboration grants: For new projects with a focus on virtual collaboration and other new ways of working.

Eligibility

The fund scheme is open to 

  • Arts and culture organizations
  • Higher education organizations with an arts and culture focus.

The eligible countries in partnership with UK include:

  • 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.

Requirements/Specifications 

  • Entries must be a partnership between at least one UK organization and one organization based in one of the countries listed above.
  • One lead applicant must be in place, not necessarily the UK organization.
  • Only applications from legally registered organizations and collectives will be accepted. 
  • Entrants must have a registered business bank account. 
  • Applications for multilateral projects will be accepted, with the focus on the program being delivered mutually across the UK and in overseas countries. 
  • Overall, funding should be split 60/40 between the UK and the overseas country. 

The lead organization should get no more than 60% of the funding and at least 40% of funding should be distributed in one or more of the listed countries.  

  • Proposed project must take place between 1 January 2021 – 31 December 2021.

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Application Instructions

To submit your application for the grant scheme, 

  • Read the Digital Collaboration Fund FAQs.
  • Click here to submit your application.

About the British Council Digital Collaboration Fund

 The British Council Digital Collaboration Fund is an initiative launched by the British Council to encourage international collaboration in artistic work, in the face of increasing restrictions on global travel due to Covid-19. 

The Digital Collaboration Fund scheme aims to foster more international connections and projects despite the many challenges. 

Hence, through a suite of grants, the program provides support to organizations to devise new virtual ways of working internationally, in turn creating a climate-friendly approach to international collaboration and artistic exchange. 

Examples of project type catered to by the scheme include (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 projects

Key Dates and Order of Program

The deadline for applications is 23:59GMT on 18th November 2020.

Project proposals submitted will be reviewed against the following values:

  • Demonstrated proof that the projects will make a positive contribution to the social and economic development of the ODA country involved
  • Ability to advance sustainable development (development that is likely to generate lasting benefits for the population of the country to which it is provided) or improve the welfare of the population.
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