Call for Proposal: Application for British Council’s Digital Collaboration Fund (£50,000)

Competition Grant / Award in Art and Humanities , in Social Science
  • Post Date : November 2, 2020
  • Apply Before : November 18, 2020
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Opportunity Details

  • Degree Non Degree Program/Certificate
  • Language Requirement Not Required
  • Opportunity Type : Fully Funded
  • Language of Instruction English
  • Opportunity ID 81571
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Opportunity Description


The British Council is calling for proposals for the Digital Collaboration Fund designed to help arts organizations collaborate internationally. Therefore, it offers grants of nearly £50k to organizations in the UK and selected countries abroad to work digitally on international projects jointly. If you are one of these organizations and have an initiative or idea in this regard, you should apply.

Why a digital collaboration fund? 

Understanding the importance of arts, the British Council has always supported international artistic cooperation through its work. In response to growing limitations on global travel due to Covid-19 and increasing concerns about the sustainability of face-to-face collaborations, it is now seeking new ways to bolster these international connections. As a result, it has designed the Digital Collaboration Fund to address this challenge and support organizations to create new virtual ways of working internationally, in turn creating a climate-friendly approach to international collaboration and artistic interactions.


Submission deadline: 18 November 2020 (11:59 GMT)

Awarding body: British Council

Range: International

Grant value

Grants of up to £50k are available to organizations in England and selected Official Development Assistance (ODA) countries* to collaborate on digital projects.
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 partnership projects
  2. Restart grants: for available projects that are currently on pause due to Covid-19, to help organizations restart them via digital approaches
  3. Collaboration grants: for new projects emphasizing virtual collaboration and other new ways of working.

Organizations can either apply for a small or large grant for projects that comply 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)

Official Development Assistance (ODA) is the UK government’s foreign aid budget to support the government’s 2015 Aid Strategy in developing countries.

Eligibility criteria

  • The grant is open to arts and culture and higher education organizations with a focus on arts and culture.
  • Applications must be a partnership between at least one UK organization and one organization based in one of the ODA countries listed below.
  • There must be one lead organization, but this does not need to be the UK one.
  • It only accepts applications from legally registered entities and collectives. Besides, applicants must have a registered business bank account.
  • British Council will accept applications for multilateral projects, but with the focus on the programmer being delivered mutually across the UK and in other partnering countries.
  • Generally, funding should be divided 60/40 between the UK and the other countries. The lead partner should get no more than 60% of the funding.

List of eligible countries

The 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

Selection process

The assessment panel of the Council will review all applications and forward those that fulfill the minimum requirements following the receipt of the applications.

Eligible projects will then be evaluated by a jury of the British Council and cultural sector professionals.

Evaluation criteria

It will judge the applications against the following three areas (clearly marked in the application form):

Activity and innovation – 40%

  • Evidence of developed discussions and activity outline
  • Proof of innovation through digital exchange

Partnership and positive contribution – 30%

  • Evidence of a meaningful partnership
  • Manifesting they are contributing positively to the social and economic development of the ODA country involved in the application

Diversity, project feasibility, and sustainability – 30%

  • Evidence of a commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusion
  • Effectiveness of the grant to broaden the development of the activity
  • Evidence of estimated cost breakdown and timetables
  • Sustainability

How to apply?

Applicants may submit their application online through the following link.

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If you need more clarity, you can contact the BC with your queries here

OR, join the two virtual information sessions it has scheduled:

  • Monday 2 November 2020, 15:00 – 16:00 GMT
  • Tuesday 3 November 2020, 10:00 – 11:00 GMT

Both sessions will be recorded and shared after the event.

Yet, for more details about the call and examples of the project, visit HERE.

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