The British Council has opened applications for scoping grants in preparation for a proposed UK/Poland season in 2025. In order to start developing potential activity, they are offering grants of £2500 to start conversations and establish partnerships.
The grants are primarily for travel-related costs (flights, train, accommodation), to support travel related costs for representatives of UK and Polish organisations in the arts and creative industries to undertake scoping visits to each other’s country. British Council are keen to support the creation of new work, new collaborations, and innovative activity. All applicants should have a clear project in mind which would then be collaboratively developed through this exchange. The project must be for ultimate presentation in Poland, or in Poland and UK, but not UK only.
In late 2023 and 2024 British Council are hoping to offer additional funding to support the strongest collaborations which best meet the aims of the planned Season. Projects should be delivered by at least one UK-based organisation and at least one organisation based in Poland. Only one of the two organisations can apply for the grant. British Council will not fund legacy activity or recurrent costs on existing projects. There are a total of 25 grants available this year. The travel should take place between February and May 2023.
In certain circumstances, the British Council might consider a non-travel application if there is strong evidence that the grant would be put to good use in developing the project idea without physically visiting the country.
The grants are open to arts and cultural organisations, large or small, in both UK and Poland. If the proposed project is clearly shared between two organisations then only one of the organisations can apply for the grant. The grants are not open to individual artists, although a curator may be considered if the project is strong enough.