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British Council launches open-call for inaugural International Collaboration Grants

Thursday 14th October 2021 at 10am 0 Comments

The British Council has announced an open call for applications for its new International Collaboration Grants to enable Northern Ireland, UK and global organisations to collaborate on digital, face to face and hybrid artistic projects.

The £3.5M fund is designed to support artists to make and develop creative artwork with their international peers and encourage new international partnerships and innovative ways of collaborating.

Small grants of £5-20k and large grants of £20-75k are available now to UK organisations for projects which offer explicit benefit for individual artists and international partners. The grants build on the success of the British Council’s 2020 pilot Digital Collaboration Fund, which supported organisations to sustain international collaborations digitally during the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. In Northern Ireland, three organisations secured funding through the Digital Collaboration Fund, with music collective Bounce Culture, working with arts venue Black Box Belfast, and Outburst Arts, Northern Ireland’s annual Queer Arts Festival, awarded grants of up to £50,000.

To continue to support the sector to collaborate internationally, each International Collaboration Grant recipient must have at least one UK and one overseas partner. The British Council is particularly keen to receive applications from across the UK and from organisations they haven't worked with before.

The International Collaboration Grants are aimed at UK organisations working in partnership with counterparts from one or more of the following countries:

Algeria, Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Colombia, Egypt, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Korea, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Norway, Occupied Palestinian Territory, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, South Africa, Sudan, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, UAE, Ukraine and Vietnam.

Applicants will be required to demonstrate genuine international collaboration with long-term ambition, and projects are encouraged to address significant contemporary themes, such as equality and inclusivity, and/or global challenges, such as climate change.

The grants are open to arts and culture organisations, or higher education and research organisations with an arts and culture focus. Although applications must be completed through an organisation, the grants are designed to benefit the wider artistic community and projects that show clear benefits to individual artists and practitioners will be prioritised.

Applications from organsations exploring new and innovative projects are particularly encouraged. This includes projects that demonstrate new forms or content; that work with a new partner, or in a new country; or that approach audiences in a new way.

The International Collaboration Grants continue the British Council’s mission to create global opportunities via its work across arts and culture, education and English language teaching. The grants are intended to foster new international connections and strengthen relationships between arts and culture sectors in the UK and overseas and have been made possible using funding from the UK Government and additional private sponsorship.

Grant applications will be assessed by a team of British Council staff from across its global network, alongside a pool of external assessors made up of cultural sector professionals from across all four nations of the UK. The results of applications will be made available in early 2022.

Applications to the fund close on Thursday, 4 November. To find out more and apply: www.britishcouncil.org/arts/international-collaboration-grants

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