Cultural Bridge Fund – closing 26 Oct

Cultural Bridge is a programme that aims to build new relationships to support intercultural exchange and dialogue in the field of participative arts and culture between Germany and the UK.

The programme targets organisations who embody cultural democracy through:

  • placing communities at the heart of their work
  • supporting people from across their communities to develop their creativity and discover their individual voices
  • empowering their communities to work together to shape local place, shared identity, and collective agency
  • exploring new ways of connecting arts and society, particularly through fostering co-creation between communities, artists, and other partners

The Cultural Bridge programme has investment from seven partners: Fonds Soziokultur, Goethe-Institut London, Arts Council England, Arts Council Northern Ireland, British Council, Creative Scotland and Arts Council of Wales/Wales Arts International.

Decisions will be made against the criteria of the fund and will aim to be inclusive of both Germany and the UK’s cultural diversity and geography.

Who can apply?

This programme is open to all cultural organisations* with proven expertise in socially engaged/participatory practice – see section 1 ‘About the fund’ and section 2 ‘The aims of the programme’. in the guidance notes

Applications are welcome from organisations supporting individual creative practitioners as part of the proposed activity.

Applications are invited from new (Tier 1) or established partnerships (Tier 2) – see section 9 ‘What the funds can be used for’. Support will be offered, in advance of the application stage, to broker connections between UK and German organisations wishing to apply to Tier 1.

Partnerships must include at least one German partner and one UK partner, from any one of the four nations: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

All partnerships will be asked to nominate a lead. The lead partner can be from Germany or one of the four UK nations and will act as the main point of contact, on behalf of the partnership, with responsibility for reporting back to funders.

Multiple applications from different partners for the same activity will be ineligible.

Partners should work together to complete the application questions relating to the Partnership and the Activity – Management, Timeline and Outcomes. The partner budgets should be presented separately, in either GBP or Euro as appropriate.

[*By ‘organisation’ we mean a group of people working towards a common goal with a governing document that covers the type of project being applied for, such as a charity, a limited company or an unincorporated group. All organisations need to have a bank account in the organisation’s name, with two signatories (people allowed to sign cheques).]

To apply

Find more information and apply at the Arts Council of Northen Ireland website below.

Cultural Bridge Fund

Deadline for applications: Wednesday 26th October 2022 at 12pm

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