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Apply by 13 December 2020 for a grant of up to £50k. Collaborate with international partners and realise your creative idea

The British Council is inviting applications for creative commissions that bring together art, science and digital technology and offer innovative responses to climate change. The commissions will be part of the cultural programme in the build up to the United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), which the UK is hosting in Glasgow in November 2021. 

We are inviting collaborative applications from individuals and organisations in the UK with partners from eligible countries and states overseas. 

You can apply for up to £50,000 to realise your creative idea and we are looking to support up to 20 projects. We want these commissions to stimulate truly global conversations, bringing people from different countries, cultures and communities together to understand each other’s perspectives and to work together on creative responses and solutions to climate change. 

Visit our dedicated COP26 Open Call page for a full list of eligibility criteria.

Find out more and join an information session

Please read full details about the call and who can apply in the Briefing document (Microsoft Word 62KB).

There is also a short film which provides an introduction to the Briefing document in British Sign Language. We will add an easy read version of the Briefing document to this web page shortly.

You can now register to join one of three online information surgeries via the links below. Each session will talk you through the brief and answer any questions. Please inform us of any access needs at least one week prior to your event, so we have time to put appropriate measures in place. All sessions will be run in English.

Apply by 13 December 2020

Once you have read the Briefing document above, please apply by Sunday 13 December 2020 at 22.00 hours (GMT). Due to the volume of applications expected through this open call, we are now welcoming submission of applications online. There are two forms to fill out – an Application form, and an optional Equality and diversity monitoring form. 

We look forward to receiving your application. For any questions, please email creativecommissions@britishcouncil.org. If you require the application form in another format, please get in touch.