Thursday 19 August 2021


The British Council Connections Through Culture UK-Southeast Asia 2021 grants are now back.

Applications for the latest round of the British Council’s Connections Through Culture (CTC) in Southeast Asia opens 6 August to 5 September 2021. 

Connections Through Culture grants were initiated in Southeast Asia in August 2019 to promote arts and cultural exchange between the UK and Southeast Asia. This British Council arts grant is a unique opportunity to spark innovative ways for participants from six Southeast Asian countries and the UK to collaborate through the arts. 

The programme is a bilateral grants programme designed to seed exciting cultural exchanges between artists and arts organisations, and nurture cooperation and long-lasting relationships between the United Kingdom and for 2021, six Southeast Asian countries: Indonesia, Myanmar, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Viet Nam.

The primary objective is to support exchanges and collaborations between the UK and Southeast Asia. Prior to Covid-19, this would have most likely involved international travel. However, with travel restricted and uncertain, the CTC grants will be used to develop and strengthen new and existing relationships between the UK and Southeast Asia, by providing funding to allow conversations to happen, and for the possibilities of online collaboration to be explored. 

Alongside similar initiatives across East Asia, artists, arts professionals, and art group/collective representatives from the six the Southeast Asia countries and the UK are eligible to apply for the online grants valued from up to £8,000. A new alumni scheme is also opened for previous CTC UK-SEA grantees, with value up to £2,000. 

Grantees from the Southeast Asia and the UK may use the fund for platforms and conversations to meet with specialists, peers in the field, and other participants based in the UK and in Southeast Asia between October 2021 to February 2022. 

Successful grantees of the 2021 round will be announced end of September 2021. 

Applicants from the UK and Southeast Asia can find full information on the Southeast Asia pages of the grant: 

British Council in Indonesia | British Council in Myanmar | British Council in Malaysia | British Council in Thailand | British Council in Philippines | British Council in Vietnam

To apply for the grants and general enquiries, please email

Connections Through Culture news, application calls and results will regularly be posted on British Council channels in Southeast Asia.

Notes to Editor

For media enquiries, please contact: 

Pham Minh Hong 
Programme Manager
Arts and Creative Industries 
British Council 
20 Thuy Khue
Tay Ho district
Viet Nam 

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