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We are offering funding to the Welsh arts sector to develop projects with countries in Europe.  

The Welsh arts sector has many established connections in Europe and participates in major international platforms such as Classical Next, Venice Biennale and major festivals (Le Festival Interceltique de Lorient and Cannes etc). 

Considering the changing context within the European Union, this fund will support artists and arts organisations in Wales to strengthen or establish relationships and networks with EU peers, and undertake research or pilot initiatives. We hope that this will inform and enable future collaborations 

The funding is open to artists and arts organisations in Wales from all art forms. Activity can take place in any country in Europe, but excludes England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Activity can either be in one country in Europe, or in Wales and another country in Europe.  For example Germany only, OR Germany and Wales. It can not only take place in Wales. The project must be completed by the end of March 2020.  

We encourage applications which build on our work in Germany, Italy and France. 

The project could be shaped in a number of ways; such as research and scoping visits, cultural exchanges, workshops, delegations, conferences or residencies etc. All proposals should be, or lead to, mutual benefit for those involved. 

The funding is not eligible for project delivery, the creation of new work, touring, or showcasing work.

Criteria

Proposals should meet the following criteria:

  • The artist/s or organisation are based in Wales
  • The projects must be initiated before the end of March 2019 and concluded by the end of March 2020.
  • There is a comprehensive budget breakdown 
  • It is realistic, achievable and deliverable within the timeframe and budget.
  • Has the potential to bring collaborative work to Wales
  • Has the potential to build new partnerships between artists, producers, curators and organisations in Wales and the EU beyond 2020.
  • The upper limit for any individual bid is £4k.

This funding is not eligible for project delivery, touring or showcasing work.

How to apply

Please submit a short proposal that includes the following information:

  • Brief project description
  • Aims and objectives
  • Partners (Welsh and EU partners) and their respective roles, if appropriate
  • Timeline
  • How the project is mutually beneficial for those involved
  • Budget breakdown including: total project cost, request to partnership, details of any cash and in-kind income from other sources
  • Plans for documenting and evaluating the project

Please also include any supporting material which you feel will strengthen your application

Proposal deadline:

Proposals should be submitted by Friday 15 February 2019 to our Arts Project Manager, Natasha Nicholls ( natasha.nicholls@britishcouncil.org

Proposals will be assessed and successful applicants will be informed by 28 February 2019. 

Given the size of the fund, it’s unlikely we’ll be able to support every proposal.