Đinh Thị Văn demonstrating Bahnar traditional weaving skills, in Mơ H’ra village, Gia Lai province, March 2022 ©

Nguyễn Ngọc Hải

Heritage of Future Past 2022–2025

Heritage of Future Past is under the British Council’s Culture Responds to Global Challenges programme – celebrating the transformative power of arts and culture to change attitudes, support more equal societies and the protection and promotion of cultural expression, diversity and heritage at risk.

Heritage of Future Past has been implemented in Viet Nam since 2018, working with diverse local communities to safeguard and promote heritage at risk, and to create opportunities for local people to directly contribute to and benefit from the safeguarding and promotion of their cultural heritage. For more information about Heritage of Future Past, please visit this link

We are currently looking for partners to support the technical delivery of our Cultural Heritage Grant Programme to individuals, groups and communities working with cultural heritage to improve local wellbeing and livelihoods. Our main focus for the next three years will be on the ethnic highlanders’ communities in Central Highlands (Gia Lai, Kon Tum), and Chăm communities in South Central Coast (Ninh Thuận). However, we are open to work with other ethnic minority communities in harder-to-reach areas should opportunities arise.

Details on what we are looking for in a potential partner are provided below. Please send an Expression of Interest (EoI) using the form provided to vnarts@britishcouncil.org.vn before 24 June 2022.

By issuing this Call for Partners, the British Council is not bound in any way to enter into any contractual or other arrangement with you or any other potential supplier.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for partners who can provide technical support to individuals, groups and communities to help them design and realise action plans to safeguard and promote their cultural heritage, and to use cultural heritage as a resource to elevate local challenges.

Technical support can come in the following forms:

  • Co-creation and co-management of the Cultural Heritage Grant Programme with the British Council through a transparent process ensuring equal opportunity. This process commonly involves open call, information session, panel selection, disbursement of grant funding, and support to all grant recipients. The purpose of the grant programme is to directly engage with and benefit local communities in the safeguarding and promotion of their cultural heritage. Grant themes may include sustainable tourism, creative craft, inclusive community development, inclusive education, intergenerational transmission of knowledge and skills, documentation and archiving, research and development of heritage-based new services and products, etc. Management of the grant programme may include providing support, particularly management support i.e. monitoring of progress through regular meetings and field trips, evaluation of project results/outcomes, data collection, report writing, etc., to all grant recipients.
  • Training and workshop in a wide range of practical skills including, but not limited to:

(i) Skills to improve local project management capacity (including planning, implementing, financial management, people/team management, monitoring, evaluation, reporting);
(ii) Skills to ensure participatory development principles, to ensure involvement of all levels of community in community development plan design and delivery;
(iii) Skills to improve locally made products and trade involving traditional indigenous knowledge and skills, mainly craft and agricultural products, including development of new products and connection with new markets and audiences;
(iv) Skills to accelerate community-based tourism development, as well as new and sustainable processes, including hospitality skills, homestay models, tour marketing and promotion, organisation of study tours, test tours, participation in tourism fairs and forums etc.;  
(v) Skills, tools, and processes for working with local cultural heritage, to ensure local ownership and benefits to local people, authenticity of heritage assets, and to stimulate innovation and continuous use/application of cultural heritage. 

  • Organisation of knowledge sharing and learning opportunities, such as roundtables, seminars, conference, etc. that involve community members/groups, heritage practitioners and professionals, researchers and academics, and relevant government bodies.

As we work directly with local communities in many provinces, we are looking for partners who are organisations and institutions with mandates/functions and capacity which include working with relevant government authorities, community-based organisations and local communities. These may include government departments and institutions working in culture, heritage and development sectors, research institutions, social sciences institutions and academies, and NGOs and CSOs with track records working in community development.  

If you are an individual professional associated with an organisation or institution, we suggest you discuss with your organisation/institution before sending an EoI on behalf of your organisation/institution. We look to sign partnership agreements with the selected organisations or institutions, and not consultancy contracts with individuals.  

How do we propose to work with you?

Heritage of Future Past pioneers the concept that cultural heritage can be used as a resource to address local challenges and achieve inclusive growth. We follow some key principles and ways of working in doing so. These are:

  • Heritage of Future Past is inclusive, we aim to enable harder-to-reach individuals and communities to be included their heritage, and the value it brings them economically, socially and environmentally.
  • Heritage of Future Past applies participatory ways of working, offering those in the community opportunities to contribute their ideas, and to play an active role in the inclusive growth of their environment.
  • Heritage of Future Past emphasises on sustainability, demonstrable through bottom-up rather than top-down ethos, and which aim to benefit people more directly and encourage local ownership and shared responsibility.
  • Heritage of Future Past aims to building capacity for local partners and communities to deliver long-term impact through developing skills, providing tools, sharing knowledge, and connecting networks of individuals, communities, organisations and institutions working with heritage.
  •  Heritage of Future Past followsa people-centred approach where individuals and communities themselves identify the heritage at risk and are capable of initiating actions to safeguard and promote their cultural heritage in their own terms to bringing about inclusive growth of their localities.  

We propose to work with like-minded partners in mutually beneficial partnerships, where partners co-create and co-manage the programme, reflect and share learning of best practices, and jointly advocate for inclusive and innovative ways of working with culture heritage to realise sustainable development goals.

Partnerships we are looking to form may involve budget transfer from the British Council to the partner for management. Maximum budget that can be transferred to one partner per year does not exceed GBP 30,000 (or approximately VND 870,000,000). Budget can be used to cover costs such as professional fee, allowance and honorarium for staff (i.e. trainer, manager, admin and support staff), travel and accommodation, and other platform fee (i.e. share of rent or other office facility).

We follow the EU-UN cost norms for development projects in Viet Nam.

We encourage partner organisations to make non-cash contribution to the programme. Non-cash contribution can come in form of existing staff cost or facility cost that can be used solely for the benefit of the joint programme. 

How will we review your Expression of Interest?



(a) Evidence of organisation competence   20%
(b) Track record of implementing community-based projects or activities in diverse geographic areas and with ethnic minority groups in Viet Nam 20%
(a) Capability to reach and have required understanding of community development issues and best practices working with harder-to-reach communities 20%
(b) Ability to demonstrate through previous examples of working community members  20%
(a) Shared understanding and vision for the key principles and ways of working of Heritage of Future Past (please see How do we propose to work with you section) 20%




Call for Partners published  24 May 2022
Deadline for questions 12 June 2022
British Council to respond to questions  w/c 13 June 2022
Deadline for submission of EoI 24 June 2022
Meetings with potential partners  w/c 4 July 2022
Final decision 15 July 2022
Start of partnership  1 August 2022


Please send your questions to vnarts@britishcouncil.org.vnbefore 12 June 2022. If we are unable to address all your individual questions, we may organise an information session for all who send questions to us during the week commencing 13 June 2022.