Cultural Bridge Fund Opens for Applications

Funding for projects which build new and existing relationships to support intercultural exchange and dialogue in the field of participative arts and culture between Germany and the UK.

Cultural Bridge is a unique investment programme between all UK arts councils and leading German cultural institutions that supports the development of cross-border partnerships. Since launching in 2021, it has so far enabled 44 arts organisations that place communities at the heart of their work, to build and develop new partnerships that allow exploration and exchange of practice across the UK and Germany.

The Cultural Bridge Fund is open to all arts and cultural organisations with proven expertise in socially engaged/participatory practice. Partnerships must be bi-lateral, including at least one German partner and one UK partner, from any one of the four nations: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

The programme is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive network. The activity supported, and the workforce of arts and culture organisations funded, should reflect the diversity of the UK and Germany, and as such applications are encouraged from diversity-led organisations and from those from under-represented backgrounds.

Funding can be for physical, digital or hybrid activity focussed on socially engaged/participatory arts practice and in response to the programme aims/themes.

Two tiers of funding are available:

  • Tier 1: New Partnerships – £5,000 to £10,000 per partnership.
  • Tier 2: Established Partnerships – Up to £30,000 per partnership.

Tier 1 grants should support the development of new partnerships between UK and German organisations and explore innovative ways of connecting art and society.

Tier 2 grants should be used to support existing partnerships and should include some direct engagement/participatory activity with communities.

The funding is for activity that starts from April 2024 and is completed by March 2025.

The deadline for applications is 22 November 2023 (5pm).

(This report was the subject of a GRANTfinder Newsflash.)