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We work with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Last year we reached over 75 million people directly and 758 million people overall including online, broadcasts and publications. Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body.

British Council East Asia is committed to developing partnerships, collaborations and opportunities for the UK and East Asia in the arts and creative industries.

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Thank you for your interest in applying for the Connections Through Culture UK-Taiwan 2020 -2021 Online Grants. 

Prior to Covid-19, funding was provided for international travel to further face-to-face discussions needed to develop projects beyond initial expressions of interest between two partners. However, with current travel restrictions and continued uncertainty, the British Council in Taiwan, in partnership with Taiwan's National Culture and Arts Foundation, are making the 2020-2021 grants available to support online Connections through Culture exchange and collaboration programme, using digital technologies to connect cultural leaders and creative practitioners and organisations in Taiwan and the UK.

All art forms/practices can apply. Given the focus of our work in Taiwan on inclusive arts, we particularly welcome collaborations that focus on inclusion, ageing, and disability.

Round 5

- Open for Application: 5 January 2021

- Application Closing Date: 26 January 2021 (23:59 UK time)

- Results out: by end of February 2021

- Grant: To encourage more innovative and creative collaborations and works during these challenging times due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the value of each grant for Round 5 has been increased to £3,200 (or equivalent monetary value in Taiwan Dollars) per project.

This page is open only during the application period. Kindly check the British Council social media networks for updates.

Please have the NOTES FOR APPLICANTS in hand while writing the application to guide you through some of the questions. Applications are to be completed in English. Contact if you have any questions.

By submitting this application form, you agree to the following:
(1) The information in this application is true and correct.
(2) We will use this application form and the other information you give us, including any personal information, for the following purposes:

  • To decide whether to give you a grant.
  • To provide copies to other individuals or organisations who are helping us award and monitor grants. After we reach a decision, we may also tell them the outcome of your application and, if appropriate, why we did not offer you a grant.
  • To hold in our database and use for statistical purposes.

If we offer you a grant, we will publish information about you relating to the activity we have funded, including the amount of the grant and the activity it was for. This information may appear in our press releases, in our print and online publications and any partner organisations who have funded the activity with us.

If we offer you a grant, you will support our work to build a lasting cultural relationship between the UK and Taiwan, contributing (when asked) to important publicity activities during the period we provide funding for. You will also give us, when asked, case studies, images and audio-visual materials that we can use to celebrate artistic excellence.

Please ensure to read the Privacy Notice below

The British Council is the data controller of the information that you provide as part of your participation in the Connections through Culture Grants programme. This means that the British Council is responsible for determining how your information is collected and used. The legal basis for collecting your data is:

(1) that the processing is necessary for the performance of a contract – our agreement outlined in the Connections through Culture Grants programme’s Terms and Conditions;

(2) that processing is necessary for the legitimate interests of the British Council. Specifically, for statistical purposes.

By submitting your application, you understand that your information will be shared with our partners, for the following purposes:

(1) This Connections through Culture Grants is organised by British Council with supports from the National Culture and Arts Foundation (NCAF) in Taiwan. Your data will be shared with NCAF for shortlisting purpose.

(2) Other than for the purposes mentioned herein, your personal data will not be shared outside the British Council without your explicit permission.

In order to achieve the necessary purposes outlined above, your personal information may be securely transferred and/or stored in the following locations: UK and Taiwan

The British Council complies with data protection law in the UK and laws in other countries that meet internationally accepted standards. You have the right to ask for a copy of the information we hold on you, and the right to ask us to correct any inaccuracies in that information.

In some situations, you have the right to require us to restrict the processing of your personal information. You can require us to restrict processing in the following circumstances:

(1) We are processing your personal data unlawfully and you do not want us to delete the information but restrict it instead.

(2) You are concerned that the information we hold about you is inaccurate. You can ask us to restrict the information until we are able to determine whether the information is accurate or inaccurate.

(3) We no longer need the information for the purposes for which we collected it, but they are needed by you for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.

(4) You have objected to the processing (see below) and we need to decide whether the legitimate interests under which we have to process the information override your fundamental rights.

(5) You think we are processing your personal information unlawfully, but do not want the information deleted.

You have the right to object to our processing your personal information for the following purposes:

- Processing for the purposes of direct marketing;

- Processing for the purposes of automated decision making and/or individual profiling.

In certain circumstances you have the right to require that British Council securely deletes or destroys your personal information (the ‘right to be forgotten’).

In certain circumstances you also have the right to data portability, that is the right to request and receive a copy of your information in a structured, commonly-used and machine-readable format, along with the right to ask us to send that information to another organisation.

In order to exercise any of your rights under the Data Protection Act 2018 / GDPR, please contact us at

For further information about how British Council processes your personal data can be found at our main privacy page at

If you have concerns about how we have used your personal information, you also have the right to complain to a privacy regulator.

Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the UK data protection regulator, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). The ICO can be contacted using the following details:

Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane


If you live in a country or territory located in the European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA), and you think that some, or all, of the issues you are concerned about have taken place in your country of residence, you can complain to your national data protection regulator. For contact details of national data protection regulators in the EU and EEA, please refer to the European Data Protection Board website.

For further detailed information on how we process personal information, please refer to the privacy section of our website, or contact your local British Council office.

We will keep your information for a period of seven years from the date of your last activity in the Connections through Culture Grants programme.

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