Friday 16 October 2020


The British Council is inviting artists, arts professionals, collectives, hubs and researchers from Southeast Asia to apply for the latest round of the Connections Through Culture grants. Applications will run until 8 November.  

The online grants are valued from £2,500 to £7,500 (around 165,000 to 500,000). Grantees may use the fund for platforms and conversations to meet with specialists, peers in the field and other participants based in the United Kingdom (UK) and eligible Southeast Asian countries: Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines. Activities should be implemented within January to June 2021.  

The Connections Through Culture grants programme is designed to seed exciting cultural exchanges and nurture cooperation and long-lasting relationships between artists and arts organisation in the UK and Southeast Asia. Created in August 2019, it is a first-of-its kind project that sparks innovative ways for participants to collaborate through the arts.


The available grants are as follows: 

  • Collaboration Grants support online projects between Southeast Asia and the UK 
  • Arts and Creative Economy Research Grants support independent and collaborative research projects on arts and creative economy.  


Prior to Covid-19, the grants would have most likely involved international travel. However, with travel restricted and uncertain at this time, the grants will be used to develop and strengthen new and existing relationships by providing funding to allow conversations to happen, and for the possibilities of online collaboration to be explored.  

Successful applicants will be announced in late November. 

Criteria for application and information about the grants can be found on our website:

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About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We build connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language. Last year we reached over 80 million people directly and 791 million people overall including online, and through broadcasts and publications. Founded in 1934 we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. We receive a 15 per cent core funding grant from the UK government. 

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