Overview 

The A.R.C. Challenge Malaysia Grant provided seed-funding for collaborations between stakeholders in the UK and Malaysia, which respond to a common challenge in the field of climate change through shared solutions that empower young people to take positive action which can cascade awareness and create greater resilience amongst others in their generation, as well as influence policy making. 

The British Council Malaysia offered three seed funding grants of up to £10,000 each to kick-start innovative, joint UK-Malaysia responses to a shared climate change challenge involving young people aged 18–35. We encourage cross-sectoral — ideally, arts and creative industries, education and science sectors — collaboration in the grant applications.

Grant recipients were announced during the A.R.C. Challenge Malaysia Forum on 4 February 2021. Awardees then had the opportunity to pitch their projects during the A.R.C. Challenge Malaysia Pitching Session on 25 March 2021 to an audience of diverse stakeholders including potential funders, policy makers, research, academic and youth organisations, in the hopes that their project will spark further interest that may lead to scaling-up and sustainability. 

 

Grant Projects & Recipients

 

RIPPLE – Responsible Innovation Plastics Project for Life and Environment  

 
The RIPPLE project will engage and mentor UK students and Malaysian youths to empathise, ideate and innovate new product and communication opportunities that leverage existing waste processing and material strategies. Through various knowledge and skills transfer workshops, this project hopes to achieve a range of new product innovations that utilise upcycling of plastic waste streams, and a training and communication material documenting how to design products for the circular economy from waste, which can be upscaled to a wider community anywhere in the world.
 
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Weaving Hopes for the Future

 
This project is rooted in four main principles, namely; education, activism, empowerment, and creative art. Selected Orang Asli youths will participate in a mentorship programme that will culminate with the commissioning of an art installation and creative outputs by members of the indigenous community. The project aims to exhibit to the Malaysian public and at COP26 in Glasgow.
 
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VISION – Virtual Impact Storytelling in Our Network

 
Designed over virtual sessions between Scotland and Malaysian experts, UK and Malaysian student teams will be mentored to create 6–10 projects related to climate change over a 6-month period. A virtual Global Impact Festival will be held to showcase the projects.