India UK call

British Council invites collaborative proposals for arts and culture projects from India and UK-based organisations, festivals, and institutions for the India-UK Together 2022 programme to mark India’s 75th anniversary of Independence in 2022- 2023.

This is an opportunity to think creatively, be innovative and explore new ways of artistic collaboration and touring across India and the UK in 2022- 2023. 

Grants will be awarded to collaborative and co-created arts and culture project proposals between India and UK partners that offer positive opportunities to co-develop cross-cultural creative collaborations, skills and knowledge exchange and new artistic work with scope to tour in India in 2022- 2023.

A total of four grants (3 x £50,000 and 1 x £100,000) will be awarded to projects highlighting collaborations between India and the UK.

Themes: Projects to explore the key cross-cutting theme ‘Together’ – addressing shared global challenges through the lens of digital innovation, environmental sustainability, equality, diversity, and inclusion principles, gender equality, accessibility and empowering young leaders of the future and investigate the following sub-themes:

  • Science, Arts and Heritage in times of change – exploring one of these areas or the intersection 
  • Arts Festivals – bringing together artists and performance companies with festivals in India to perform and present, working together to drive the enterprise economy through spotlighting culture and creativity

Artforms: Grants are offered to applicants in all art forms: theatre, dance, visual arts, literature, film, music, architecture, design, fashion, tech-art and new media art. Inter- and cross-disciplinary practices are encouraged

Application deadline: by midnight (IST) on 31 October 2021, late applications will not be accepted.

Who can apply


  • Applications must be a partnership between at least one UK collaborator and one (or more) collaborators based in India.
  • The collaboration grant is open to India and UK (including Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland) arts and culture organisations such as:
    Arts and culture companies, museums, cultural institutions 
    Private consortiums, collectives
    NGOs/Non-Profit/Charites, social enterprise
    Media platforms (traditional and/or digital)
  • The lead applicant can be an Indian entity or a UK entity. The lead applicant will submit the application, will represent all the parties of the collaboration, and execute the contract on behalf of the collaborators for the Grant. The lead applicant will be responsible for all communications regarding the implementation and management of the funds received through the Grant. 

*As the Grant will be awarded to the applicant and the collaborators, all the involved parties will have to ensure that all compliances under local/foreign laws are duly met. The applicant and the collaborator/s shall themselves ensure that they are eligible to receive the Grant and have the required registration/approvals in compliance with their respective country laws. All Indian applicant/s   have to comply in advance with the applicable FCRA regulations to receive the Grant, including but not limited to a FCRA registration/FCRA prior permission, bank account as per FCRA requirement etc. Kindly refer to the Government of India FCRA requirements ) for more information. Further the applicant and the collaborators should execute appropriate arrangements/agreements to ensure that the funds of the Grant which are disbursed amongst themselves or to third parties, are also distributed in compliance of the applicable laws. British Council will not be liable for any local or foreign non-compliance of the applicable laws in any manner whatsoever and the applicant and the collaborators hereby perpetually indemnify British Council against all claims, fines, and penalties in this regard.

The opportunity

The programme offers opportunities for:

  • sharing the rich arts and cultural heritage and geographic diversity of India and the UK including cities and regions in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and India’s metros and non-metros through innovative, new artistic works that have been co-created for touring (digital, face to face or hybrid)
  • development of skills and capacity for long-term collaboration in the arts and opening new market opportunities
  • strengthening cultural relations through co-creation, developing, and expanding partnerships 
  • mutual and equitable collaboration between emerging and established organisations, festivals and institutions in India and the UK to influence perception change around equality, diversity, inclusion, and environmental consciousness 

Project types

Dates: Projects will need to be delivered in India between January 2022 and March 2023 with public-facing activity (digital or hybrid) taking place between September 2022 and March 2023.

Delivery model: Projects must explore a hybrid way of working between digital and face to face with a larger emphasis on digital engagements. Scope for travel and physical engagements should be considered within the COVID-19 protocol of the place of delivery.

Examples include but are not limited to:

  • virtual art residencies, exhibitions, showcases, conferences, performances
  • augmented, virtual reality projects and installations
  • cross disciplinary creative collaborations
  • new arts products, platforms, or festival ideas
  • film, online archives, guides, learning kit or toolkit
  • digital broadcast

How to apply

Please complete the online application form which includes details on your proposal, approach and proposed outputs; information about you and your collaborator and what you will both learn; and why you would benefit from being awarded the grant.

You will neither be able to save the application form nor return to it before your final submission, so please go through the briefing document and the FAQ's thoroughly before filling out the form. A sample form is available for download on the Open call document. We recommend you save your responses offline and then come to this application form once you are sure of your responses.

Find out more

  • Download the full briefing document from our download section below
  • Read our FAQ document from our download section below
  • Attend our briefing sessions on either of the following days to gain a better understanding and insight into what we are looking for:
    September 16 at 3:30 pm IST 
    October 7 at 3:30 pm IST

Register for the briefing session here

For any queries, please contact