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Crafting Futures Grant Scheme

Crafting Futures Grant Scheme

The British Council is delighted to announce the second round of the Crafting Futures Grant Scheme in collaboration with the Crafts Council – an initiative within our Crafting Futures programme.

The aim of the grant scheme is to: 

  • Generate accessible research which makes a ‘case for craft’ and its potential to address economic, social, environmental and cultural challenges;
  • Provide an opportunity to individuals, organisations and countries to get involved and contribute to the generation of new research and ideas, enabling a greater diversity of voices within the programme; and
  • Strengthen our network of global practitioners and organisations in order to create a community of practice for shared learning and exchange in craft.

This grant scheme provides an opportunity for individuals or organisations to get involved and contribute to the mission of supporting a sustainable future for craft around the globe. 

Find out more about the Grant Scheme and how to apply here.



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Interested in the future of craft around the globe? Travel, collaborate, learn and share. 

Apply for our Crafting Futures Grant, in partnership with the Crafts Council, to explore new ideas to support the future of craft: Collaborate with communities internationally who work in craft, learn and discover through your project, share the knowledge and experience you gain. If you're based in the UK, send us your project proposals by 6 October 2019.

Find out more about our Crafting Futures programme here.

Read on to find out more about the grant, who is eligible and how to apply.

The Grant 

The British Council will award up to ten research grants, with a value of up to £5,000 each, for UK-based practitioners, researchers, or anyone interested in craft, to travel overseas and undertake projects with local communities or practitioners which explore ideas or questions supporting the future of craft.

Your projects will need to take place between November 2019 and April 2020

Who is eligible? 

You must:

  • Be based in the UK; living in the UK, with a UK address and bank account.
  • Have a meaningful partnership in place with a local collaborator or host in the country you would like to travel to for your project; demonstrated by a letter of endorsement.
  • Submit a proposal for a project that investigates a research question which explores how to support the future of craft, and presents an accessible way to share the knowledge and experience you gain. e.g. a film, podcast, guide or toolkit, academic or visual report, mapping process etc.

Where can I travel?

The short answer is anywhere, but please be aware of the current travel advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). If you would like to travel to a country which the FCO has advised against, please get in touch with us before submitting your proposal. 

Awarding of the grants will be weighted towards applications for projects which will take place in countries on the DAC Official Development Assistance (ODA) list. Please find this list here

Up to two grants will be given to projects taking place in non-ODA eligible countries. 

If you have any questions, please read the full open call document linked to below and then contact Kendall Robbins:

What are we looking for? 

Collaboration needs to be a key part of the proposals we receive. Your project must be embedded within a local community, enabling the exchange and development of knowledge, understanding, ideas or skills. You will need to demonstrate that you have a meaningful partnership with a local host, organisation or collaborator. Start reaching out now.

We are most interested in proposals which explore new approaches to challenges in craft, which can be shared, and which others can learn from and potentially develop. 

Your project should not only benefit your individual practice but address a globally relevant challenge that is also meaningful to the local community where the activity will take place. 

We are interested in projects which address new ideas, concepts and approaches which are not already widely researched. 

Diversity is key; we hope to receive project ideas from a broad range of applicants, proposing a variety of countries to travel to and craft practices to explore.

Find out more 

Read the full open call document here.

Attend one of our briefing sessions on 25 July and 28 August to gain a better understanding and insight into what we are looking for. Details on how to join us will follow, keep an eye on our social media channels and website for updates.

How to apply 

Read the full open call document here.

Complete and submit your application online here by 6 October 2019.

If you have any questions or problems, please get in touch with Kendall Robbins:

We look forward to seeing your proposals!