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4 October 2021

(Closed) Open Call: Creative Communities Learning Lab Grant

We are seeking applications from creative hubs and creative individuals from the United Kingdom and the Philippines to develop a new digital course for the Creative Communities Learning Lab.

Creative Hubs Academy

The Creative Communities Learning Lab (CCLL) is a series of dynamic and accessible online learning modules for creative and cultural professionals around the world, designed with input from creative hub leaders from Southeast Asia and the UK.

Three courses were developed in early 2021 with the help of creative hub leaders and experts:

  • Digital communication strategy and management
  • Ways to monetise creative services
  • Bringing your training online

Following the positive feedback from the first three courses, which showed great demand for online learning among arts professionals, we are now looking to support the development and production of two more courses.

What are the Creative Communities Learning Lab Grants?

The grants will provide creative hubs the opportunity to create new partnerships and bring their training online based on their expertise and experiences. They are aimed at supporting the changing ways that hubs are delivering capacity-building offers to their audiences and members amidst on-going global challenges.

The grants will provide funding to UK-PH collaborative teams to develop a new online course. This continues the British Council’s initiative to offer new online content by creative hubs and for creative hubs, creative entrepreneurs, arts managers and cultural professionals.

Successful applicants will receive support and guidance from the team who developed and produced the first three courses of the Creative Communities Learning Lab, Creative Friction (UK) and Makerspace Manila (PH).

The new courses will also be featured at the British Council’s Creative Communities Learning Lab webpages.

The grant is part of the British Council Southeast Asian programme, Creative Hubs for Good, which seeks to support creative hubs to become more sustainable and impact-led.

Why should creative hubs apply?

This grant will:

  • Help hub leaders to build new skills in developing their own online learning offers
  • Empower and increase the confidence of hub leaders by promoting their expertise and roles in building their own learning offers
  • Support the professional development of hub and community members through dynamic and highly relevant online learning content

Who can apply?

Creative hubs and creative individuals from the Philippines and the UK can apply for this grant. Applications must be from a collaborative team consisting of at least one hub from the Philippines or the UK.

How much is the grant?

Grants of up to £6,000 will be awarded to the selected teams.

This will cover:

  • Your time – including all professional fees
  • Production of digital content (videos, graphics, copywriting, platform subscriptions, etc.)
  • Any supplier fees or subject matter experts under a subcontract, including online course development advisors from the British Council’s Creative Communities Learning Lab
  • Sharing events and course promotions

Join the briefing session

Following the launch of this grant open call, the British Council will organise a briefing session on 19 October, Tuesday, 09.00-10.00 (UK) that will also serve as a networking session for hubs who are looking to meet potential collaborators for their application. Register for the briefing session here.

Important notes

Please read the applicant notes for all the details and requirements to submit an application and be sure to familiarise yourself with the Creative Community Learning Lab (CCLL) before you start your application.

How to apply?

Online application form


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