Are you an organisation interested in the future of craft in India? Would you like to contribute to the development and innovation of one of the world’s largest craft sectors?

Apply for the India-UK Collaboration Scheme and receive financial support to collaborate with craft communities in India, co-develop and co-deliver projects that support the craft sector and create long term partnerships with organisations that support the same vision.

What are we looking for?

The grants are designed to provide Indian and UK organisations the opportunity to collaborate to design and deliver a 12-14-month ambitious, creative project which develops and strengthens crafts sector in India and provides models of practice and collaboration which could strengthen the craft sector globally.

Click on the sections below to know more about the opportunity.

About the grant

The British Council will award grants of £10,000 or £20,000, depending on the application and project proposal. Each application must be jointly submitted and have a Primary Applicant based in India and a secondary applicant based in the UK.  

The Grant supports projects that fall under one or more of these themes:

  • What are new ecosystems for craft? How can traditional skills, contemporary design and enterprise come together to create new systems?
  • How can craft be a route to women’s empowerment and leadership?
  • How can craft address global environmental challenges?
  • How can craft tourism ensure craft is widely appreciated?
  • What possibilities does digital technology bring to craft?

Your projects will need to take place between January 2020 and March 2021.

Eligibility criteria

  • Each proposal must have one Primary Applicant from India and one Secondary Applicant from the UK. Only joint applications will be considered;
  • Applications must come from organisations and not individuals; and 
  • Projects must take place in India.

How to apply

Read the full open call document given in the 'Downloads' section below. 

Complete and submit your application online HERE by 11 November 2019, 23.59  India Standard Time (IST).

Join our webinars for more information

To gain a better understanding and insight into what we are looking for, attend one of our online briefing sessions on:

You can join via zoom on the day:

If you have not used Zoom before, read the instructions on how to use it and download the application here.

If you have any questions, please email us at


Click here to find a collaboration partner in India/UK
Click here to submit a joint application