UK Arts Councils & Agencies to pilot new fund for international collaboration

05 Oct 2021


New funding to support individuals and organisations towards international partnership development and co-creation projects, will open for applications on Thursday 21 October 2021.

With co-investment from Creative Scotland, Arts Council England, Arts Council Northern Ireland and Arts Council of Wales/Wales Arts International, the small pilot Four Nations International Fund is being designed to support those working in the arts and creative industries in the four nations across the UK and together with counterparts in Europe and beyond. Applications will require applicants to have at least one partner from another of the four nations of the UK in addition to at least one international partner

During this pilot phase, grants of between £1,000 – £5,000 will be available from a total budget of £100,000 for in-person, digital or hybrid activity including exchanges, residencies, partnership development, co-creation and networking, with priority given to applications experimenting with innovative models of international collaboration.

Creative Scotland is managing the fund’s application process for the 4 nations arts councils.

4 Nations International Fund – Timeline

  • Fund opens – Thursday 21 October 2021
  • Deadline – Monday 11 November 2021
  • Decisions – Monday 13 December 2021
  • Recipients’ announcement – Thursday 20 January 2022
  • Projects start – between 10 January 2022 and 31 March 2022
  • Projects complete – by 31 March 2023

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