The British Council in partnership with Unlimited is delighted to announce round five of the British Council and Unlimited Micro Awards.
The aim of these awards is to help facilitate partnership and collaboration between disabled artists and/or collectives in the UK and in selected countries which are eligible to receive Official Development Assistance (ODA).
Micro grants will be awarded to approximately 10 pairs of disabled artists. These awards are to support collaborations: small-scale opportunities for a pair of disabled artists to work together internationally. The collaboration can be focussed around artistic elements like networking, exchanging resources and ideas, peer mentorship, and sharing skills.
These awards can cover a range of different artforms, including:
- Combined arts
- Visual art
- Each application can be for up to £2,500.
- Artists and their collaborators, together, decide how the funds will be distributed. So what portion are artist fees and what portion is allocated to project running costs, e.g. translation, money transfer charges, equipment, administration, subscriptions, etc. You will be asked to show a budget, outlining how the funds will be distributed.
- Access funding is available separately both to support access to applications and/or access to support the project. In the budget, applicants will be asked to give figures for the access costs of both the UK artist and the international collaborator. This is to ensure that the fund can cover all costs and will not form part of the panel’s decision-making.
- Funding from this award can cover 100% of the project costs, or part-fund them if other sources of funding are available.
- Here is a full list of the countries that artists can apply to collaborate with:
- Albania, Argentina, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Cambodia, China, Colombia, Cuba, Egypt, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Malawi, Mauritius, Mexico, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
- In order to be eligible, proposals must adhere to the following criteria:
- Both the UK and international artists must identify as disabled. For Unlimited’s definition of disabled, please see the Terminology section in this document.
- Collaborations must be feasible within the given budget.
- Collaborations must be feasible within the given timescale.
- Artists whose work centres around disability and/or impairment are welcome to apply, as are those whose work does not.
- Collaborations must be led by a disabled artist / collective based in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales.
- The international collaborator must be a disabled artist / collective based in one of the ODA-eligible (Official Development Assistance) countries
- Please note that British Council have temporarily suspended activities in Ukraine for the safety and well-being of their staff, customers and partners. It is the UK-based artist’s responsibility to find an international collaborator – neither Unlimited nor British Council can match UK-based artists with international artists. This is due to the need for impartiality and the lack of internal capacity.
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