Connections Through Culture grants promote and seed exciting arts and cultural exchanges between the UK and countries in South East Asia – Myanmar, Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia.

The grants support new connections, exchanges and collaborations. These grants help build long-term relationships and collaborations between artists, cultural professionals, creative practitioners and art and cultural organisations, hubs, networks, and collectives.

Applications close on 23 October 2022, 17:00 GMT. 

What can the grant be used for?

The grants can be used to support the development of projects with artistic expression that result in collaborative activities. 

These projects can include artistic and creative exchanges of skills, knowledge, and practice, or the collaborative production of new artistic and creative content. Projects can be art residencies, exhibitions, performances and showcases, publications, webinars, and conferences.

What grants are available?

  • UK-SEA Collaboration Grant
    Applicants can apply for the UK-SEA Collaboration Grant for up to £8,000.
    This grant supports face to face and online/digital networking and collaboration between the UK and South East Asia to develop art and cultural projects together or facilitate skills and knowledge exchange. Open to new applicants only.  
  • UK-SEA Scoping and Research Grants
    Applicants can apply for the UK-SEA Scoping and Research Grants for up to £2,000
    This grant supports scoping new initiatives for arts and cultural collaboration and research between UK and South East Asia. Open to new applicants and previous CTC UK-SEA grantees (2019- 2021). 

Key dates

  • Applications open: 8 September 2022.
  • Applications close: 23 October 2022, 17:00hrs GMT.
  • Results notifications: 21 November 2022 
  • Contracting and Payment:  November – December 2022
  • Project period: December 2022 – June 2023. Supported projects must be completed by June 2023

Who is eligible for Connections Through Culture?

Connections Through Culture grants are open to: 

  • artists  
  • cultural and arts professionals 
  • representatives of art collectives, creative hubs, networks or organisations  
  • researchers. 

A UK lead applicant must nominate a South East Asian Counterpart(s), or a South East Asian lead applicant must nominate a UK Counterpart(s). 

Grants are offered to applicants in all art forms: theatre, dance, visual arts, literature, film, music, architecture, design, and fashion. Inter- and cross-disciplinary practices are encouraged.

Information Session dates

Join us for Information Sessions between 12 – 30 September 2022 led by the South East Asia country teams where you can ask questions and make useful connections.

Find out more about South East Asia by watching highlights from the Partner South East Asia 2021 events.

What is not supported by Connections Through Culture grants

Connections Through Culture grants are not eligible for:

  • academic institutions 
  • funding bodies
  • organisational overheads and general running costs
  • South East Asian nationals living outside of South East Asia

UK individuals based/living outside of the United Kingdom unless temporarily living 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.

Please check the ‘Notes for Applicants’ document for essential information for your proposal preparation.

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