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Funding: Highlight call

Please note our highlight call 'Keeping Cultures Connected, Keeping Connected through Culture' is now closed. If you have any funding queries, please see our funding webpage or email: 

To view some of the projects that were funded through this call click here


In April 2020 Connecting Cultures GRP launched the following highlight call

Keeping Cultures Connected, Keeping Connected through Culture

In the context of the global COVID-19 pandemic, we have become all the more acutely aware of the role that the arts and culture play in our mental wellbeing and in keeping us all connected. From the release of free digital film and recorded play collections, to the sharp uptake in the exploration of virtual museums and digital art collections and audiobooks, and the time to more fully explore the available television platforms, our period of confinement has starkly highlighted the importance of the arts and culture in our every day lives. We are also living in a time when cultural producers, many of them freelancers without the support of a regular salary, are facing extreme financial hardship, and arts organisations have been forced into (temporary, we hope) closure.

In response to these new challenges and opportunities, The Connecting Cultures GRP is offering grants of up to £1,500 for projects that:

  • Examine or participate in innovative digital strategies to keep cultures connected during the pandemic
  • Secure ongoing research collaborations with the cultural sector that keep it buoyant into the future (this might involve paying for commissions/services now for work that can be delivered later in the year)
  • Invest in the future of Connecting Cultures-focused research in some other way

How do I apply

This funding call has now closed.

If you have any funding queries, please see our funding webpage or contact