Connections Through Culture is now open for applications! Our new arts mobility grant is for exciting arts opportunities in the UK and selected countries in Southeast Asia. Artists, arts professionals and members of arts collectives are encouraged to apply.

ဤစာမျက်နှာအား မြန်မာဘာသာဖြင့်ဖတ်ရှုလိုပါက ဒီနေရာကို နှိပ်ပါ။ 

About the Programme

Connections Through Culture is an arts mobility grants run by the British Council in the UK and East Asia. 

This programme aims to develop exciting cultural exchanges and collaborations between artists, arts professionals and arts organisations, and to support long-lasting relationships between people from East Asia and the UK.

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.

Who can apply for the Connections Through Culture grant?

Connections Through Culture is established to provide small grants to assist 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, networks or organisations

Grants are offered to those who work in the following areas: drama, dance, visual arts, literature, film, music, architecture, design and fashion.

Full guidelines and the application portal are at the end of this page.

What does Connections Through Culture offer?

  • Up to £2,500 development grant for individual artists or professionals from the UK wishing to visit any of the six Southeast Asian countries that are part of the programme
  • Up to £3,500 development grant for individual artists or professionals from any of the six Southeast Asian countries that are part of the programme wishing to visit the UK
  • Up to £5,000 collaboration grant for representatives of groups in any of the six Southeast Asian countries that are part of the programme wishing to visit the UK, and for representatives of groups in the UK to visit any of the six Southeast Asian countries that are part of the programme

Criteria and decision process for Development and Collaboration grant

Applications will be evaluated by the British Council, drawing on input from your Southeast Asian or UK partners and contacts where appropriate. Applications will be scored on:

Evidence of activity outline and developed discussions  30%
Evidence of a sound partner  30%
Usefulness of the grant to further development of the activity  30%
Evidence of estimated cost breakdown and timescales 10%

Full guidelines and application portal are at the end of this page.

What other support can I expect?

The mobility, upon confirmation, is expected to be self-directed. However, British Council staff based in Southeast Asia may provide some logistics support subject to early notification and availability. Grant notifications, disbursements and monitoring will be done online. 

Please note that successful applicants will be required to share feedback on their visit.

Important dates

Round 1 application: Closed

Round 2 application: Closed

Round 3 application: 
30 December 2019 to 31 January 2020
Results out: 2 March 2020
Grant travel should be between May to July 2020. 

Round 4 application: 
09 March to 05 April 2020
Results out: 04 May 2020
Grant travel should be between August to October 2020.

Round 5 application:
Coming soon

For more information, please contact ctc@britishcouncil.org with subject line: “CTC UK-SEA application”

For more detailed questions, you can meet with the responsible person from the British Council Arts Department at one of the drop-in sessions below. 

British Council Library (Yangon) 
78, Kanna Road, Kyauktada Township, Yangon
15 January 2020
From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

British Council Library (Mandalay) 
Building 6/7, SY Compound, 30th Street (between 77th and 78th), Mandalay 
11 January 2020
From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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