On 4 February 2021, the British Council hosted the A.R.C. Challenge Malaysia Forum — Youth, Climate Change and Cultural Rights, which featured a diverse panel of youth leaders from the arts, science and education sectors in Malaysia and the UK. The forum explored the fears and aspirations of young people on climate change issues, especially about the access to and impact on cultural rights. 

During the forum, successful applicants of the A.R.C. Challenge Malaysia Grant — in response to Climate Change and COP26 were also announced. The three winning projects received grants of up to £10,000 each to kick-start joint UK-Malaysia responses to a shared climate change challenge cutting across disciplines and involving young people aged 18–35. 

On 25 March 2021, the British Council in collaboration with Asian Venture Philantrophy Network (AVPN) organised the A.R.C. Challenge Malaysia Pitching Session. The event provided a platform for the three grantees to pitch to a panel and audience of experts and funders in an effort to bring the project teams added support in delivery, scalability and potentially, further funding and collaboration.  

About Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN)

As the only comprehensive funders' network in Asia, AVPN is a leading ecosystem builder for the social investment sector with 600+ members globally. AVPN’s mission is to catalyse the movement toward a more strategic, collaborative and outcome focused approach to social investing, ensuring that resources are deployed as effectively as possible to address key social challenges facing Asia today and in the future.



  • To raise project awareness among a targeted audience and a panel of experts, potential funders and collaborators.
  • For the three grantees to gain feedback that can be applied to their projects.
  • For the three grantees to connect with potential partners, collaborators and sponsors for enhanced impact, scalability and funding.

Forum Details

Date: 25 March 2021
Time: 4.30pm to 6pm (GMT+8) 
Venue: Microsoft Teams


Sharaad Kuttan, Senior Anchor, Astro Awani




Funding bodies — Corporate CSR, public funders and representatives of youth organisations involved in climate change and arts. 
Policy makers, academics, practitioners and young people from arts, education, science and civil society organisations with an interest in climate change and cultural rights. 

Grant Projects & Recipients

RIPPLE – Responsible Innovation Plastics Project for Life and Environment

Project Partners: Biji-Biji Initiative (MY) × Falmouth University (UK)

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.

Weaving Hopes for the Future

Project Partners: Klima Action Malaysia (MY) × Gerimis Art Project (MY) × Students for Global Health (UK)

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.

VISION – Virtual Impact Storytelling in Our Network

Project Partners: neOOne Associates (MY) × Social Enterprise Academy International CIC (UK)

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