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For over 16 years, the British Council has run a well-established Connections through Culture (CtC) programme, which enables collaboration between creative and cultural professionals in China and the UK. Through brokering connections and offering travel grants, CtC has enabled over 370 creative and cultural professionals to see one another's work, exchange skills and co-develop projects.

CtC is designed to be agile, responding to changing sector needs and the wider socio-economic context within the UK and China, and encouraging new collaborations on sustainability, inclusion and gender equality.

In respond to increasing restrictions on global travel due to Covid-19, and rising concerns about the sustainability of face-to-face collaborations, we are relaunching our UK-China Digital CtC which was initiated in 2020, to facilitate online networking and exchange between artists and professionals from arts and cultural organisations in China and the UK.

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Deadline for submission: 10 December 2021, end of day, 23:59hrs GMT

RESEARCH*: Grants to undertake research between SSA and UK arts and creative sectors. Research may take the form of meeting with potential arts partners; finding out more about the arts ecosystem in a particular country; gaining an understanding of artistic trends; meeting artists and/or attending events and festivals. Applicants should share research outcomes in a public format of their choice, for example, a diary, blog, photoblog, an event, or a film. (Grants up to £5,000)

*Please note: RESEARCH is a rolling application. Applications are accepted from 02 August 2021 to 23.59 BST on 01 February 2022,. Applications will be reviewed and selected on a rolling basis every 1-2 months. Delivery period for proposed research should be one year from the date of contracting. An interim report is expected to be submitted 2 months after commencement of the proposed research.

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About the programme

Woven Networks - Craft changemakers conserving forests is a one-year partnership between the Forest Foundation and the British Council through its Crafting Futures global programme. It aims to strengthen the voices of local communities by highlighting their sustainable practices and vital role as artisans, thus growing forest resources and livelihood. The project advocates for more inclusive and gender-sensitive forest management by sparking exciting collaborations and knowledge-exchange between forest dependent craft communities and trusted intermediaries - designers, researchers, social entrepreneurs, leaders and the academe.

What are the Woven Networks Scoping Grants?

Woven Networks Scoping Grants aim to initiate new collaborations and support projects that champion indigenous knowledge systems towards sustainable resource management and improved livelihood of craft communities.

The four-month grant is for proponents to conduct scoping and research activities within Forest Foundation’s focal landscapes (Sierra Madre, Palawan, Samar and Leyte, Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental), in order to:

  • identify relevant craft communities who rely on forest products
  • understand their challenges and ambitions
  • meet new partners and collaborators within the Philippines and United Kingdom
  • conduct related research
  • and propose ways forward.