Connections Through Culture Arts arts mobility grants - applications are now closed.

British Council’s Connections Through Culture mobility grant aims to promote arts and cultural exchange between the UK and Southeast Asia. It 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 UK and six Southeast Asian countries: Malaysia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines. 

About the programme

Key Dates Eligible countries
  • When is the application open?
    6 August – 5 September 2021
  • When will the results be out?
    30 September 2021
  • When are the projects to be completed?
    Latest 28 February 2022
UK and six Southeast Asia countries:
Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, Viet Nam

Connections Through Culture (CTC) is a grant programme run by the British Council in the UK and East Asia for the past 16 years to foster international collaborations through arts and culture. The Southeast Asia (SEA) edition of CTC was successfully launched in August 2019, and we have now completed three granting rounds, supporting 34 mobility/online collaborations in 2019 and 38 online collaborations in 2020.

We are delighted to announce that the 4th grant application is open between 6 August - 5 September 2021 and we look forward to receiving your proposals.

What are the available grants?


UK-SEA Collaboration Grant

UK-SEA Alumni Grants (New!)


Up to £8,000

Up to £2,000


Support online/digital networking and collaboration between the UK and Southeast Asia to develop art and cultural projects together or facilitate skills and knowledge exchange

Support previous CTC UK-SEA grantees to build on the online/digital collaborations from the previous grant projects. These can be follow-up activities, wrap up conversations, or exploration of new collaborative ideas.

Who can apply

Open to applicants who have not yet received a CTC UK-SEA grant.

Open to previous CTC UK-SEA grantees (2019 and 2020) who have completed their projects.


Open to individual artists, cultural professionals, creative practitioners, or, for cultural organisations, hubs, networks, and collectives based in the UK or in any of the six Southeast Asian countries (Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, and Viet Nam) featured in this programme.


A UK Lead Applicant must nominate a SEA Counterpart(s), or a SEA Lead Applicant must nominate a UK Counterpart(s). Grants are offered to applicants in all art forms: theatre, dance, visual arts, literature, film, music, architecture, design, and fashion. Inter- and cross-disciplinary practices are encouraged

What are the grants for?

The grant should be used to support the process to develop projects with artistic expression or creativity at the core and that will result in collaborative activities including artistic and creative exchange of either skills, knowledge, and practice or the co-production towards new artistic and creative content. Various approaches can be employed such as art residencies, exhibitions, performances and showcases, publications, webinars, and conferences.

Who is NOT eligible to apply?

  • Not for academic institutions 
  • Not for funding bodies
  • Not for organisational overheads and general running costs
  • Not for Southeast Asian nationals living outside of Southeast Asia
  • Not for UK individuals based/living outside of the United Kingdom unless temporarily living but retaining a home address in the United Kingdom and defined by Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs as ‘resident the in the UK’ for tax –see here.

 The Notes for Applicants (downloadable below) provides essential information for your proposal preparation.

We also invite you to join us in virtual Information Sessions led by each Southeast Asia country teams where you can ask questions and hopefully make some useful connections between 11-13 and 16-18 August 2021. Please check our social media channels for the final schedule.

All applications will be accepted through the Submittable application site.

For more information, send an email to