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British Council’s New Disaster and Climate Change Preparedness in East Africa 2020-2021.

Application deadline: 21 June 2020

In recent years, there has been a growing awareness of the need to increase the cultural heritage sector’s capacity to prepare for and mitigate the effects of natural disasters and climate change.

This new round of grants is open for applications for projects (up to £125k) relating to preparedness measures to protect cultural heritage against the effects of natural disasters and climate change in one or more of the following countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, South Sudan, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.

This is a pilot round which will help to test the Cultural Protection Fund’s approach to expanding our work in this area. Due to the timescale and available budget, we anticipate funding only 3-5 projects.

Please note that in order to apply for a grant, you must first have a mandatory conversation with a Cultural Protection Fund Grants Manager, which will enable us to assess your eligibility to submit an application. Details of how to arrange a mandatory conversation can be found in the steps below.

Eligibility criteria for the Cultural Protection Fund:

  • Cultural Protection Fund grants are only available to organisations

  • This round is open to applicants proposing to work with one or more locally-based partners in Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, South Sudan, Rwanda, Tanzania or Uganda. Organisations based within target countries are also invited apply to the fund, with or without partners.

  • Applications must be submitted by one lead applicant organisation with up to eight partner organisations.

  • Applications must demonstrate intent to benefit one or more of the target countries as their main aim. If private owners or for-profit organisations are involved in a project, we expect the benefit to the social and economic development of the target country to outweigh any private gain.

  • Applicants must be able to evidence a significant track record in delivering similar projects and will be asked to share the results of previous Cultural Heritage Protection work in the target countries.

  • If a grant is awarded, you will be required to accept the terms and conditions of our Grant Agreement. You are encouraged to read this document ahead of making your application – it is available to read on our website here.


  • Applicants may apply for grants up to £125,000.

  • A lead applicant organisation can submit multiple applications under any given round of funding, but a maximum of one award will be made.

  • Funding is available for projects commencing in September 2020 and lasting up to six months (activities must finish by the end of February 2021).


Funding available for work targeting the following areas:

  • Projects must have activities in one or more of the round’s target countries in East Africa: Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda and/or Tanzania. Priority will be given to projects operating in Ethiopia, Kenya and Sudan.

  • Projects must deliver on preparedness measures for cultural heritage at risk of damage due to natural disasters and climate change. Examples of accepted preparedness measures can be found in the Application Guidance document.

  • Our definition of natural disasters includes natural phenomena such as earthquakes, floods, tornados and volcanic eruptions but does not include regularly occurring weather such as heavy seasonal rainfall. Our definition of the effects of climate change includes natural events which are imminent such as heat-related damage, wind erosion and damage caused by rising sea levels. We will not accept applications in this round for projects relating to man-made risks eg conflict, demolition or neglect.

  • Projects are required to demonstrate that they are making a positive contribution to the social and economic development of one or more of the fund’s target countries.

  • They should aim to further sustainable development (a development that is likely to generate lasting benefits for the population of the country to which it is provided) or improve the welfare of the population.

Target countries

  • Projects must focus on one or more of our target countries for this round: Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, South Sudan, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda

  • This round of Cultural Protection Fund grants is for projects relating to preparedness measures for heritage at risk due to natural disasters and climate change in one or more of these countries.

Project type

  • By project, we mean work or activity that is defined at the outset and will contribute to achieving the outcomes of the fund.

  • Cultural heritage includes many different things from the past that communities value and want to pass on to future generations. For example archaeological sites and monuments; collections of objects, books or documents in museums, libraries or archives; historic buildings; cultural traditions such as stories, festivals, crafts, music, dance and costumes; histories of people, communities, places and events; the heritage of languages and dialects; and people’s memories and experiences (often recorded as ‘oral history’).

  • Applicants will be asked to explain the significance of the cultural heritage their project focuses on and how it is valued by the local population.

Project timeline

  • Projects must be completed and grants paid by mid-March 2021.

  • Project activity should, therefore, be finished by the end of February 2021 in order to allow for the completion of your evaluation report and the submission of final invoices.



First, applicant organisations must check the eligibility criteria and read the Grant Application Guidance document.


In order to apply for a grant, you must first have a mandatory conversation with a Cultural Protection Fund Grants Manager, which will enable us to assess your eligibility to submit an online application form.

During the call, which will be in English, the Grants Manager will discuss with you:

  • Details about your organisation, as well as your partner organisations and your track record delivering similar projects

  • The location, significance and value of the Cultural Heritage that you aim to protect

  • The threat to the Cultural Heritage due to natural disasters and/or climate change

  • The activities you are proposing to protect the cultural heritage at risk

  • Whether or not you will be invited to apply

  • If you are invited to submit a full application, you will receive a confirmation email shortly after the conversation. Please note, due to the small budget for this pilot round, we will only invite a small number of full applications. If you are not invited to apply this does not mean that your project cannot be submitted to future Cultural Protection Fund funding rounds.

To arrange your mandatory conversation email cpfapplications@britishcouncil.org with the following information:

  • Name and location of the applicant organisation

  • Name and location of any partner organisations

  • Expected grant request

  • Brief description of the project including the heritage, the risk and the proposed activities (100 words)



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