2015/2016 British Council UK-Nigeria Cultural Programme for Increased Collaboration through Arts (10,000 GBP Grant Available)

Deadline for Grant Applications :  31st March 2015. Programme Inclusion is Ongoing

UK/NG is a programme that aims to connect over forty million young Nigerians (aged 18–35) to the UK by building new audiences for UK and Nigerian arts and culture.

The ambitious cultural programme will peak between September 2015 and April 2016 in 5 cities across Nigeria and the UK, featuring over 30 projects and over 80 events, all aimed at increasing collaboration between young people in both countries through the arts.

Over 70% of Nigeria’s 178 million citizens are aged 35 or under and this young Nigerian
population are both entrepreneurial and digitally literate.
The UK/NG programme builds on our links to creative entrepreneurs and artists in Nigeria and
provides opportunity for collaboration between Nigerian and British artists.
Participation are encouraged through exploration of the following themes;
  • Young People and Innovation: changing digital trends are creating opportunities for innovative approaches to the creation and distribution of artistic content, particularly among young people, to develop artistic models that use digital platforms to reach new audiences and find new markets.
  • Public Space and Increasing Access to the arts: promoting community engagement with arts and culture; by boosting awareness and capacity around programming work in public spaces.
  • Collaboration: between Nigerian and UK artists and arts organisations will be at the heart of the programme, building capacity and relationships which allow these collaborations to keep happening long after the programme is completed by creating pathways for UK artists and arts organisation to engage with the flourishing Nigerian creative scene.

Inclusion Criteria

The UK/NG Programme are offer partners the opportunity to
1. Submit project proposals for inclusion in the official programme.
2. Submit project proposals for grant funding
To be included in the official UK/NG programme, projects must meet the following criteria:
  • Demonstrate creative quality,innovation and excellence
  • Have involvement of a professional artist or arts organisation headquartered in either Nigeria or the UK
  • Be a partnership between the UK and Nigeria
  • Link to the season’s artistic themes and ambitions
  • Have a proven track record and experience of arts project delivery
  • Fit within the agreed season delivery timeline
  • Support our sustainability ambition, securing the future by reducing environmental impact through innovative ways of working
  • Be delivered within current health and safety legislation and covered by appropriate insurance and licencing
  • Adhere to the British Council’s equal opportunities and diversity frameworks
  • Affiliation with our world class programme of events and activities
  • Support in identifying and developing partnerships and networks where possible
  • Use of season logos and branding within agreed guidelines
  • Inclusion on the seasons website listings to promote upcoming events
  • Links to UK/NG Programme social media campaign, Facebook and Twitter


There are two levels of grant assistance available through the scheme;

1. Small Grant– up to 5,000 GBP
2. Large Grant – between 5,000 – 10,000 GBP
  • Call for applications March 2015
  • Proposals submitted by Tuesday 7 April 2015
  • Notification to applicants Monday 4 May 2015
  • Programme development May to September 2015
  • Nigeria programme begins September 2015
  • Showcases/performances for projects September 15-April 16
  • Evaluation deadline April 2016
  • To submit an application (for inclusion in the programme or grant)
  • please send the information below in one document, saved as an attachment to: UKNigeria@britishcouncil.org
  • Brief outline of your artistic project (no more than one page of A4
  • Details of organisation/company applying and their status (charity, limited company, individual artists etc
  • Brief history of engagement in arts projects
  • If submitting a participatory project, details of the participants will be targeted and how they will be engaged and selected
  • CVs for lead individual artists and practitioners involved
  • Budget i.e. Income and expenditure including match funding* if you are applying for a grant
  • Timetable including development and delivery
  • Evaluation process: what you hope to achieve with this project and how you will evaluate
    its success.
    Please Write Grant (if you are applying for money) or Inclusion (if you are just looking to be included without applying for grant) in the subject line and send to: UKNigeria@britishcouncil.org
    For More Information:
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