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Grant Scheme Image by Simon Mills

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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.

OPEN CALL: CRAFTING FUTURES GRANT

OPEN CALL: CRAFTING FUTURES GRANT Adil Iqbal

Adil Iqbal

WE ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE CRAFTING FUTURES GRANT SCHEME. THE APPLICATION PORTAL CLOSED ON 6 OCTOBER 2019, AND APPLICANTS WILL BE INFORMED OF THE OUTCOMES NO LATER THAN 28 OCTOBER 2019.

For more information about the scheme, see the information below. 

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: Kendall.Robbins@britishcouncil.org

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: Kendall.Robbins@Britishcouncil.org

We look forward to seeing your proposals!

11 July 2019

The Residency: Podcasts

The Residency: Podcasts Agnese Sanvito

Agnese Sanvito

30 October 2019

Discover the 2019 Crafting Futures Grant Projects

Discover the 2019 Crafting Futures Grant Projects Anita Back

Anita Back

2 September 2019

Xiaofang Zhan: Crafting futures in Jingdezhen

Xiaofang Zhan: Crafting futures in Jingdezhen Xiaofang Zhan

Xiaofang Zhan

22 August 2019

Jess Kilubu: Crafting Futures in the Congo

Jess Kilubu: Crafting Futures in the Congo Jess Kilubu

Jess Kilubu

22 August 2019

Crafting Futures India-UK Collaboration Scheme

Crafting Futures India-UK Collaboration Scheme

14 August 2019

Crafting Futures Grant: FAQs and Briefing Session Recordings

Crafting Futures Grant: FAQs and Briefing Session Recordings Adil Iqbal

Adil Iqbal

17 April 2019

Crafting Futures Mexico: Lynne Mennie

Crafting Futures Mexico: Lynne Mennie © Lynne Mennie

© Lynne Mennie

12 April 2019

Crafting Futures Mexico: Pilar Obeso

Crafting Futures Mexico: Pilar Obeso © Pilar Obeso

© Pilar Obeso

3 February 2019

Exploring Innovation at the Winter School 2019

Exploring Innovation at the Winter School 2019

21 January 2019

Research: Crafting Futures India

Research: Crafting Futures India  Weaver in Tripura. Photograph by Storyloom Films.

Weaver in Tripura. Photograph by Storyloom Films.

14 November 2018

Crafting Futures Mexico: Applied Arts Scotland

Crafting Futures Mexico: Applied Arts Scotland © Carol Sinclair

© Carol Sinclair

9 November 2018

Research: Women's Empowerment Through Craft in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan

Research: Women's Empowerment Through Craft in Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan

9 August 2018

Opportunity: Crafting Futures Grant Scheme

Opportunity: Crafting Futures Grant Scheme Image by Simon Mills

Image by Simon Mills

9 August 2018

Research: Artisans in a Digital World

Research: Artisans in a Digital World Photograph by Simon Mills

Photograph by Simon Mills

20 July 2018

Fashioning Tradition: The Tai Lue Project

Fashioning Tradition: The Tai Lue Project The women at Ban Don Chai wearing garments made from their own woven fabric. Image courtesy Alison Welch

The women at Ban Don Chai wearing garments made from their own woven fabric. Image courtesy Alison Welch

8 February 2018

Textiles and Teaching Methods: Plymouth College of Art in Myanmar

Textiles and Teaching Methods: Plymouth College of Art in Myanmar Co-design carpet. Photograph by Paul Singleton

Co-design carpet. Photograph by Paul Singleton

23 January 2018

Amneh Shaikh-Farooqui at Making Futures

Amneh Shaikh-Farooqui at Making Futures Amneh Shaikh-Farooqui

Amneh Shaikh-Farooqui

12 January 2018

Atty Tantivit at Making Futures

Atty Tantivit at Making Futures Work by Atty Tantivit

Work by Atty Tantivit

12 January 2018

Zarif Design at Making Futures

Zarif Design at Making Futures Zolaykha Sherzad of Zarif Design

Zolaykha Sherzad of Zarif Design

11 January 2018

Travelogue: Crafting Futures Thailand

Travelogue: Crafting Futures Thailand Jasper Chadprajong-Smith

Jasper Chadprajong-Smith

14 December 2017

Film: Crafting Futures Asia

Film: Crafting Futures Asia Photograph courtesy British Council Vietnam

Photograph courtesy British Council Vietnam

26 October 2017

Film: Crafting Futures Mexico

Film: Crafting Futures Mexico © British Council / photo by Jamil Olmedo

© British Council / photo by Jamil Olmedo

18 October 2017

Crafting Futures Mexico opens at Museo Franz Mayer

Crafting Futures Mexico opens at Museo Franz Mayer © British Council / photo by Jamil Olmedo

© British Council / photo by Jamil Olmedo

21 August 2017

Meet Juan Pablo Viedma: Crafting Futures Mexico

Meet Juan Pablo Viedma: Crafting Futures Mexico © PACA

© PACA

17 August 2017

Meet Billy Lloyd: Crafting Futures Mexico

Meet Billy Lloyd: Crafting Futures Mexico  © Billy Lloyd

© Billy Lloyd

31 July 2017

Crafting Futures Mexico

Crafting Futures Mexico © Oax-i-fornia

© Oax-i-fornia

9 June 2017

Film: From Loom to Loom

Film: From Loom to Loom © Sandra Sordini

© Sandra Sordini

27 April 2017

On the Line at Real to Reel

On the Line at Real to Reel © Sam Meech 2017

© Sam Meech 2017

4 April 2017

London Craft Week Talk: Material World

London Craft Week Talk: Material World Photo Sandra Sordini

Photo Sandra Sordini

20 March 2017

On the Line at The Aram Gallery

On the Line at The Aram Gallery © Agnese Sanvito

© Agnese Sanvito