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4 April 2018

Apply now for the DICE Fund

Are you a creative or social enterprise with a passion for international collaboration? We want to hear from you!

Calling all creative and social enterprises – we are offering grants for UK organisations to develop partnerships in: Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan or South Africa.

Part of a two year programme, the DICE Fund has been set up to tackle entrenched issues of unemployment and unequal economic growth in five emerging economies and the UK. 

There are two types of grant available aimed at addressing one or more of the following:  

  • Empowering women and girls
  • Fostering youth employment
  • Supporting people with disabilities
  • Engaging other marginalised groups

Read on to find out which grant is right for you and how to apply.

1. Scoping and Business Development Grant

The grants will support organisations to conduct site visits to one of the five overseas DICE countries (Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan and South Africa) to scope opportunities and build partnerships with interested, compatible local enterprises or intermediary organisations.

Taking place on one of two designated dates – visits will be organised to each overseas DICE country and will be held during the summer and autumn of 2018. Successful applicants will be invited to take part in one of the two visits, giving you the opportunity connect with other UK organisations and international partners on the ground.

This grant will also support the UK and international partners to co-develop an initiative designed to strengthen both individual enterprises and the overall creative and/or social enterprise ecology in the countries. 

UK applicants will be able to list in order of priority which countries they would like to visit but will only be eligible to receive one grant for a scoping visit to one of the five overseas DICE countries.  

Opens: 3 April 2018
How much: £3,000 - £5,000
Grants available: Up to 50
Closing date: 1 June 2018

2. Collaboration Grant (launching October 2018)

This grant will be jointly awarded to organisations in Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan and South Africa working in partnership with a UK organisation to deliver interventions that they have co-developed. 

These interventions will strengthen creative and social enterprises in the participating countries and focus on enterprises that empower women and girls, foster youth employment and support people with disabilities and other marginalised groups. Launching on 1 September 2018, we will welcome applications for Collaboration Grants.

There will be two calls for Collaboration Grants:

The first call application deadline is 16 November 2018 with the results announced the week commencing 10 December 2018.

The second call application deadline is 8 February 2019 with the results announced the week commencing 25 February.

Applications are welcome from organisations located in the five DICE partner countries interested in developing a 12 month project with UK organisations. All applications must be developed, drafted and submitted jointly by the two partner organisations, one of which must be based in the UK and the other in one of the five designated countries. The UK applicant need not have previously secured a Scoping and Business Development Grant to be eligible for a Collaboration Grant.

In total, 20 Collaboration Grants of up to £25,000 and five grants of up £50,000 will be made available to UK/international partnerships in two stages. 

Opens: 1 October 2018
How much: Up to £50,000
Places available: 25
Closing date: First call 16 November, second call 25 February


Got a question: get in touch.

The DICE Programme

Developing Inclusive and Creative Economies (DICE) is an ambitious new programme that supports the development of creative and social enterprises in the UK and five key emerging economies: Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan and South Africa.

DICE enables social and creative enterprises to flourish; by engaging with policymakers and key influencers to help participating countries identify barriers and promote legislation, strategies and funding.The programme will be co-designed and co-delivered by UK enterprises and sector support organisations such as impact hubs, accelerators and universities working in partnership with counterparts in these countries.

DICE will also undertake research conducted on the ground in each of the countries, focused on identifying current barriers to development and offer recommendations to support long term, inclusive growth.

Find out more about the programme here.