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26 August 2021

(Closed) September Opportunities

New collaboration opportunities for UK-based artists, creatives, professionals and organisations to support our programmes and colleagues around the world.

Istanbul Biennial 2019

A number of open calls, requests for proposals, tenders, and collaboration grants from our programmes in Russia, Mexico, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Southeast Asia have just been published for UK based artists, creatives, professionals and organisations.

TENDER: SUPPORT the Design and Delivery of Wider Europe Creative Economy Policy Grants Scheme

Deadline: 27 September

Info: In-tend portal BC/01999

We are looking for a UK partner to help us with the design and delivery of Wider Europe Creative Economy Policy Grants Scheme, in particular to matchmake UK consultants/organisations with British Council partners in each of the countries.

Call for Proposals: Online Cultural Leadership Russia Programme 2021-22

Deadline: 10 September 2021

Info: In-tend portal BC/01971

We are launching a call for UK organisations to design, deliver and evaluate an Online Cultural Leadership Russia Programme 2021-2022. This call is for a UK supplier with specific background and experience in cultural sector and delivering educational leadership skills programmes, and an extensive relevant network of experts to deliver the programme.

The objective of the programme is to expose Russian participants to the international standards in cultural leadership, strategic planning and other relevant areas with a highlight on the UK expertise in long-term, sustainable and collaborative approach, as well as create opportunities for people and organisations in the UK and Russia to develop new ideas for joint collaborations.

The programme will equip cultural leaders with knowledge and skills to develop cultural sector in Russia and will boost UK-Russia international collaboration and partnership.

To bid for the tender you need to register at In-tend portal where you can find all the relevant documents and apply. All clarification questions will also be accepted through the portal.

Open call: Sustainable Cultural Management Programme for Festival Practitioners in MEXICO

Deadline: 19 September 2021

Info: British Council Mexico webpage 

Cultural festivals symbolise cultural identities and have a significant and important influence on the development of local communities, as well as a positive impact on the local economy. In the current context, where sustainability is considered the cornerstone of every activity within the cultural and artistic sphere, the festivals’ sector carries a great responsibility after facing important challenges that impacted its economic, socio-cultural, and environmental activity due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. 

The Sustainable Cultural Management Programme is a 15-hour online capacity building programme that aims to provide festival practitioners with tools for developing sustainable practices on the job, as well as to reflect on how to make an impact and have climate justice conversations across cultural projects. The online programme will combine a workshop to support 25 participants in their practices with a sustainable approach, as well as complementing the programme with a monitoring framework. Additionally, the creation of a toolkit that can serve as a useful resource for these ends will be another asset to add value to the programme.

The British Council invites proposals from UK suppliers to design and facilitate the methodology and contents for an online programme focused on sustainable management competencies as well as a toolkit that will serve as a guide for festival practitioners to create cultural projects with a more sustainable approach. 

Open Call: Creative Policy Programme Mexico

Deadline: 19 September 2021

Info: British Council Mexico webpage

The British Council invites proposals from UK suppliers to design and co-facilitate the methodology and contents for an online programme focused on policy innovation for public servants working at the Ministry of Economy of Puebla,  Mexico, as well as other participants doing joint programmes with the ministry,  with the main aim of outlining the development path of the creative economy strategy for the state of Puebla.

The project will be delivered from October 2021 to January 2022 (4 months). The programme will be collaboratively shaped by the UK supplier, the Mexican supplier (recruitment in process), and the British Council in Mexico. 

Tender: SSA Arts Creative Economy

Deadline: varied (8, 10, 12 September 2021)

Info: British Council SSA & In-tend portal

We are looking for Cultural and Creative Organisations and Institutions based in the UK and Kenya, Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria to jointly develop content for Creative Enterprise SSA Arts. 

Invited applications for tender are for budget scales varying from 50,000 GBP to 400,000GBP – full application details available at the British Council In-Tend Portal. Individuals and Organisations registered and operational in the UK and Senegal, Ghana and Nigeria and Kenya are welcome to apply.

Ghana [now closed]

Music, Creative Economy Tender for ‘Programme Delivery Partners in Music Sector Support Organisations in Ghana and UK. Deadline for submission: 8 September 2021, at 23:59. In-tend reference: BC/01959.


  • Animation sector Delivery of the Nigeria Creative Enterprise Support Programme for the Animation Sector. Deadline for submission: 10 September 2021, at 23.59. In-tend reference: BC/01955.
  • Music sector Delivery of the Nigeria Creative Enterprise Support Programme for the Music Sector. Deadline for submission: 10 September 2021, at 23.59. In-tend reference: BC/01451.


Fashion, Programme Delivery Partners, fashion organisations, and sector support organisations in UK and Senegal. Deadline for submission: 10 September 2021, at 23.59. In-tend reference: BC/01961


Fashion, Call for proposals for the Kenya and UK-based partners (Consultants) to design and deliver a programme for early-stage fashion businesses in Kenya. Deadline for submission: 12 September 2021 at 23.59.

Collaboration grants: SSA Arts Cultural Exchange


  • New Connections: 8 September 2021
  • New Art Co-creation: 8 September 2021
  • Research: Rolling application till 1 February 2022

Info: British Council SSA

We have developed the Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) Arts Cultural Exchange Open Call to provide grants for cultural organisations, festivals, artists, and creatives between the countries of SSA and the UK to build networks, collaborate and develop markets​ and share artists’ work with audiences.

Collaboration grants: Connections Through Culture Southeast Asia

Deadline: 5 September 2021 [now closed]

Info: British Council Philippines webpage

Connections Through Culture (CTC) is a grant programme run by the British Council in the UK and East Asia for the past 16 years to foster international collaborations through arts and culture. The Southeast Asia (SEA) edition of CTC was successfully launched in August 2019, and we have now completed three granting rounds, supporting 34 mobility/online collaborations in 2019 and 38 online collaborations in 2020.

Eligible countries are the UK and six Southeast Asia countries:
Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, Viet Nam.