Results of the Connections Through Culture UK-Southeast Asia Online Collaboration Grants 2020 will be sent via email to all applicants, whether accepted or declined, starting 1 December 2020 Tuesday. Thank you for your patience.

 

About the Programme

For the 2020-2021 part of the programme, we will be supporting online collaboration projects between Southeast Asia and the UK. Available grants in 2020 in Southeast Asia: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. 

Connections Through Culture (CTC) is an arts grants programme run by the British Council in the UK and East Asia. It was established in August 2019 in Southeast Asia to provide grants to residents of the UK, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam from the following groups: 

  • Artists 
  • Cultural and arts professionals
  • Representatives of art collectives, creative hubs, networks or organisations 
  • Researchers

It was created to further international face-to-face discussions needed to develop projects beyond initial expressions of interest. It built on the wider CTC programme that has been running in China since 2006.  

In October 2020 we will be accepting applications for Connections Through Culture Online Grants. Projects will be needed to be completed between January to June 2021. 

The primary objective is to support exchanges and collaborations between the UK and Southeast Asia. Prior to Covid-19, this would have most likely involved international travel. However, with travel restricted and uncertain, the CTC grant should be used to develop and strengthen new and existing relationships between the UK and Southeast Asia, by providing funding to allow conversations to happen, and for the possibilities of online collaboration to be explored.  

Celebrating the diverse cultural expression in both regions, the programme offers support, information, advice and networking opportunities for professional development. Grantees both from the UK and the East Asian countries benefit from the inspiration gained from exchanging ideas and sharing their cultural history. 

What are the available grants?

  • Collaboration Grants support online projects between Southeast Asia and the UK
  • Arts and Creative Economy Research Grants are part of a wider British Council-led programme of research on the arts and creative economy across Southeast Asia. It aims to (1) generate relevant evidence on the arts and creative economy in Southeast Asia, (2) build sustainable partnerships with Southeast Asia and UK research experts and (3) share evidence and approaches at a regional and international level.

Who can apply?

Collaboration Grants

  • Open to individual artists or professionals or, for cultural organisations or collectives living in the UK or in any of the five (Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam) Southeast Asian countries featured in this programme.
  • Open to creative hubs based in the Philippines who want to collaborate with a UK-based creative hub.

Arts and Creative Economy Research Grants

  • Open to all independent researchers or emerging research groups (five years and younger) based in the Philippines or the UK with areas of interests in both countries. Women researchers and action research proponents are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • An individual or group representative from Southeast Asia can apply with a counterpart in the UK (or vice versa). One individual will need to be named as the lead applicant, and the other as the counterpart applicant.

When is the deadline? 

Applications close on 08 November 2020, 23.59 (PH time)

How to apply? 

Collaboration Grants

  1. Read these guidance notes for applicants.
  2. Submit your application through this website.

Arts and Creative Economy Research Grants

  1. Read these guidance notes for applicants.
  2. Submit your application through this website.

What is the value of each grant?

Collaboration Grants

  • Grants from £2,500 to £7,500 will be awarded

Arts and Creative Economy Research Grants

  • Grants of up to Php250,000 (around £3700) will be awarded to independent and group researchers
  • Grants of up to Php500,000 (around £7400) will be awarded to UK-PH collaborative research teams

What is the grant for?

Collaboration Grants

  • Time. Time for those from the UK and Southeast Asia to initiate connections together for new digital/online networking and new art and cultural projects through conversations or platforms  
    - Online or digital art residencies 
    - Online or digital exhibitions or showcases 
    - Online or digital conferences or webinars 
    - Art and cultural online or digital archives and research 
    - Online or digital toolkits 
  • Face to face, public versions of the activities mentioned above in your home country (subject to any local health restrictions that may be in place). 
  • 70% of the grant is an artistic fee, and must be split equally between the Southeast Asia applicant(s), organisation or collective, and the UK applicant(s), organisation or collective. In your application, list 70% of the grant requested for this purpose.  
  • The remaining 30% can be used as a per diem for those who will be supporting you with the project (e.g. if you need a graphic designer as you don’t have those skills), software (e.g. zoom account), or local travel and accommodation costs that may be required. With regards to local air travel, we are encouraging digital/online collaboration, so if you do plan local air travel, please explain why this is essential in your application. In your application form it is important you make it clear how this 30% will be spent. 

Arts and Creative Economy Research Grants

  • 100% of the grant can be spent on expenses related to the delivery of the research project. It can be for consultancy fees, staff time, local transportation, etc.

What is the grant NOT for? 

  • International travel and accommodation. 
  • Not for academic institutions
  • Not for funding bodies
  • Not for Southeast Asian nationals living outside of the five countries mentioned in this call. For Arts and Creative Economy Research Grants, Filipino researchers living in the UK are eligible to apply.
  • Not for UK individuals based (living) outside of the United Kingdom, unless temporarily living outside of the United Kingdom but retaining a home address in the United Kingdom and defined by Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs as ‘resident the in the UK’ for tax – see here

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