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British Council 2020 Digital Collaboration Fund

Grants now available to support arts organisations to collaborate internationally. We are 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 this challenge. 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. 

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British Council Digital Collaboration Fund


Aim and Benefits of British Council Digital Collaboration Fund

Grants of up to £50k are available to organisations in the UK and selected Official Development Assistance (ODA) countries to collaborate on digital projects. 

They're looking to support a range of different projects across the countries that are eligible for this grant.

 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:

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

Requirements for British Council Digital Collaboration Fund Qualification

  1. The fund is open to arts and culture organisations and higher education organisations with an arts and culture focus.
  2. Applications must be a partnership between at least one UK organisation and one organisation based in one of the countries listed below.
  3. There must be one lead applicant, but this does not need to be the UK organisation. 
  4. 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. 
  5. We will accept applications for multilateral projects, with the focus on the programme being delivered mutually across the UK and in overseas countries. 
  6. 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. 

We are expecting to fund the following kinds of projects (this is not an exhaustive list):

  1. Virtual art residencies
  2. Virtual exhibitions or showcases
  3. Virtual conferences
  4. Online art and cultural archives
  5. Creative collaborations
  6. Research & development of project ideas
  7. Digital games
  8. Mixed, augmented and virtual reality projects

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Application Deadline

November 18, 2020


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to British Council on britishcouncil-southafrica.submittable.com to apply

Please also note these best practices when applying:

  1. You will need to create a free Submittable account or sign in with Google or Facebook credentials in order to submit to these forms. This form has collaboration enabled, you will be able to invite your partner to collaborate on the form - the link is visible on the top right-hand corner named 'Invite Collaborators'. 
  2. You can save a draft of your work if you would like to finish filling out the form at a later date.
  3. You are able to keep your draft and edit it up until the submission date. On submitting your application, if you would like to change the information you submitted, please request to edit the submission.
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