Connections Through Culture grants support new cultural collaborations between East Asia and the UK.   

We support artists and cultural organisations working across all art forms to create new connections and collaborative projects.   

Our Connections Through Culture grants help artists and cultural organisations to bring their ideas to life – with projects eligible at any stage of development and across artforms. The collaborative projects can include digital, face-to-face, and/or hybrid artistic projects.   

Programme: Connections Through Culture Grant Programme

Deadline: 23 October 2023, 23:59 GMT

Grant amount available:  

East Asia Country   Grant Value
Australia, Japan, New Zealand   Up to GBP 5,000
The mainland of China, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines  Up to GBP 10,000 

Theme: We accept proposals of all artforms, and encourage proposals that respond to the following priority themes for this year:  

  • Diversity and Inclusion  
  • Climate Change  

Information Session

If you've missed our Connections Through Culture Grants Programme Information Session, please view the recording on our YouTube channel.

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Before making your application, please ensure you have read the Toolkit and the Frequently Asked Questions (see the Downloads section below) and that your application meets the following conditions:  

  • Each application must comprise of at least one (1) UK partner and one (1) East Asia partner from countries listed above  
  • Thailand: Due to our office’s foundation status in Thailand, grants can only be processed through the Thai partner (Lead Applicant or Counterpart Applicant) of the CTC UK-Thailand grants.    
  • The size of grant requested is within the thresholds of funding as in the table above 
  • Project proposals should have a timeline ending no later than 31 October 2024 
  • Organisation applicants should be registered in the UK or in any of the listed East Asia countries (Australia, the mainland of China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, and Thailand) 
  • Individual applicants should be East Asian nationals living inside any of the listed East Asia countries (Australia, the mainland of China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, and Thailand​) or UK individuals based/living inside of the United Kingdom unless temporarily living but retaining a home address in the United Kingdom and defined by His Majesty’s Revenue & Customs as ‘resident the in the UK’ for tax – see here 
  • Funding bodies are not eligible 
  • Proposed projects must be projects for the arts, cultural or creative sector(s) within any of the following art forms: 
    - Film 
    - Creative technology (incl games, immersive, mixed, augmented and virtual reality) 
    - Literature 
    - Visual Arts 
    - Theatre and dance (including circus) 
    - Architecture, design & fashion (including craft) 
    - Music 

See more details in the Application Tooklit below. 

What can the grant be used for?

The grant should be used to support the process to develop new projects with artistic expression or creativity at the core and that will result in collaborative activities including artistic and creative exchange of either skills, knowledge and practice or the co-production towards new artistic and creative content.  

Various approaches can be employed such as art residencies, exhibitions, performances and showcases, publications, webinars, and conferences, among others. 

Toolkit, FAQs and Required Documents   

Before submitting your application, please read our Connections Through Culture toolkit for applying. We have also created a Frequently Asked Questions to answer common questions about the grants.

A reminder that all supporting documents requested are listed in the application form, i.e. 

  • Agreement Letter(s) from Partner(s) (Please download the template and complete)
  • CV of Project Leader 
  • Project Budget

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