China-UK Connections through Culture


China-UK Connections through Culture is an initiative that builds long lasting relationships and develops exciting cultural collaborations between organisations in the two countries. 

The initiative offers support, information, advice, networking opportunities and development grants to cultural organisations in China and the UK.

China and the UK both have a rich cultural heritage. Cultural organisations in both countries can benefit from the inspiration gained from exchanging ideas and sharing their cultural history.

What does Connections offer?

  • Study tours and networking events – regular visits and meetings in both countries, bringing together groups of practitioners and policy makers to discuss topics of common interest, share knowledge and experience, and identify potential partners.
  • Development grants - a limited number of small grants (GBP 1,200 each) to enable members of cultural organisations to visit their counterparts in China or the UK for up to ten days, to develop projects, exchange skills or see others' work. 

We are pleased to announce the launch of the 17th round of the China-UK Connections Development Grant. Deadline for applications is Sunday 8 June 2014 for visits taking place between August 2014 and January 2015. Applicants will be notified by Friday 11 July 2014.

Download the application form and email it along with a project budget (refer to the application form for detail) to

For visits taking place between February and July 2015, the next round of grants will be announced on Wednesday 8 October 2014.

17th round (for visits taking place between August 2014 and January 2015)
Application Open: Monday 28 April 2014
Application deadline: Sunday 8 June 2014
Results out: Friday 11 July 2014