About the program/Scholarship:
British Council is accepting Expressions of interest for Cultural Protection Fund small grants. Cultural heritage includes many different things from the past that communities value and want to pass on to future generations, for example:
- Archaeological sites and monuments.
- Collections of objects, books or documents in museums, libraries or archives.
- Historic buildings.
- Cultural traditions such as stories, festivals, crafts, music, dance and costumes.
- Histories of people, communities, places and events.
- The heritage of languages and dialects;
- People’s memories and experiences (often recorded as ‘oral history’).
About British Council:
The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities . founded in 1934, they are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. They create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. They do this by making a positive contribution to the UK and the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust. They work with more than 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society.
Small grants up to £100,000
Organisations can apply from anywhere in the world, but must be working in one of the fund’s target countries or territories:
- Middle East and North Africa (MENA) – Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Syria, Tunisia and Yemen
- East Africa – Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda
- South Asia – Afghanistan*
If you are not based in one of the above countries or territories, you can apply but you must have a local partner where the project is taking place. Individuals and sole traders are not eligible to apply.
- Projects must include activities that safeguard cultural heritage for future generations. Projects must protect heritage from risks relating to conflict and instability and/or climate change (and related disasters).
- Projects must include meaningful involvement of the local community, either through heritage protection activities, training or advocacy.
- Funding is available for projects commencing in January 2023
- Projects can run for any duration but at the latest must finish by the end of January 2025
- Cultural heritage at risk is better managed and prepared for potential threats.*
- Local organisations and communities have increased capacity and/or resilience to care for and protect cultural heritage.
- Local people have developed skills, potentially leading to increased professional or other opportunities.
- The profile of people engaging with cultural heritage is more diverse with respect to gender imbalances, age, ability, sexuality, ethnicity and social/religious background.***
- Local communities have a better understanding of their cultural heritage and value it more.
- Local communities have played a more active role in protecting their cultural heritage or sharing it with others, potentially leading to increased social cohesion and a greater sense of well-being.
- The local area is enhanced for the benefit of communities and visitors.
The local economy has been diversified.
Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen
- No specific age required
How to Apply:
You can register expression of interest form on grant page. Applicants whose Expression of Interests (EOI) has been accepted and have been invited to submit a full application can access the Project budget and cashflow template below. You can also download the full application guidance.