Cultural protection fund
From 27 June 2016, the British Council’s £30m Cultural Protection Fund to protect heritage overseas is open for applications.
The objective of the fund is to ‘…create opportunities for economic and social development through building capacity to foster, safeguard and promote cultural heritage in conflict-affected regions overseas.’
Initially the fund will focus on UK organisations working in partnership with bodies in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, specifically Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Iraq, Palestinian Territories, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey and Yemen.
Applications are invited for smaller projects with grants under 100K, and larger projects with grants over 100k. The anticipated maximum for an application in any one round will be £500K. Multi-year grants will have anticipated maximum value of £3m.
In the fund’s first year, there will be only one funding round for larger project applications. Rolling assessments will take place for smaller project applications in August, October and December 2016.
Applicants are asked to complete an expression of interest form, to confirm eligibility, before being invited to take part in the second stage, completing a full application form. Applicants will need to provide a clear project plan and timeline, evidence of demand and delivery capability, a full budget breakdown, and information about how security risks will be managed monitored and evaluated.
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