British Council offers £50,000 grants for creative international collaborations on climate change

British Council is offering grants of up to £50,000 for 20 creative climate change-themed commissions from international collaborations in the build up to the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) taking place in Glasgow in November 2021.

Applications will bring together art, science and digital technology to offer innovative responses to climate change. The commissions will be part of the cultural programme in the build up to COP26. British Council invites collaborative applications from individuals and organisations in the UK with partners from eligible countries and states overseas. More details below.

British Council hopes that these commissions will stimulate global conversations, bringing people from different countries, cultures and communities together to understand each other’s perspectives and to work together on creative responses and solutions to climate change. They want to see interdisciplinary and collaborative ways of working, for example from individuals or organisations involved in arts, creativity and culture, community and civil society, science and research, education, English language teaching, youth work and more.


  • Applications must be received by 13 December 2020.
  • Applications must include at least one partner in the UK and one overseas partner from the eligible countries and states listed below: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, China, Colombia, Cuba, Egypt, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Malawi, Mauritius, Mexico, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, North Macedonia, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
  • Applicants must be living in their respective country at the time of applying and for the duration of this project.
  • Partners from countries outside of the list of eligible countries can be part of a collaboration but cannot receive any financial benefit from this grant.
  • Individuals, organisations and/or informal collectives/networks are all eligible to apply but should have demonstrable experience of managing similar projects and grants.
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate clear benefit to the overseas eligible country, which should be reflected through the project planning (including budget allocation), delivery and dissemination. This includes demonstrating how the overseas partners or their audiences may benefit from showcasing opportunities, new networks and/or capacity building. Mutuality must be a central component to the international collaboration.
  • Applicants should support the ethos and values of this commission and where appropriate, have a demonstrable history of supporting environmentally friendly and low carbon ideas and initiatives. Applicants who are to new sustainable practice and want to include this in their businesses or work moving forward are encouraged to submit joint applications with those who have more experience in this area.

Read further details in the briefing document and at the website.

There is also a short film which provides an introduction to the briefing document in British Sign Language.

You can now register to join one of three online information surgeries via the links below. Each session will talk you through the brief and answer any questions.

Once you have read the Briefing document, please fill out the following two forms and email them to by Sunday 13 December 2020, at 22.00 hours (GMT):

For any questions, email

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