Connections Through Culture grants support new cultural collaborations between the UK and China.   

We support artists and cultural organisations working across all art forms to create new connections and collaborative projects.   

Our Connections Through Culture grants help artists and cultural organisations to bring their ideas to life – with projects eligible at any stage of development and across artforms. The collaborative projects can include digital, face-to-face, and/or hybrid artistic projects.   

Programme: Connections Through Culture Grant Programme

Deadline: 23 October 2023, 23:59 GMT

Grant amount available:  

Country   Grant Value
China mainland Up to GBP 10,000 

Theme: We accept proposals of all artforms, and encourage proposals that respond to the following priority themes for this year:  

  • Diversity and Inclusion  
  • Climate Change  


Before making your application, please ensure you have read the Toolkit and the Frequently Asked Questions (see the Downloads section below) and that your application meets the following conditions:    

  • Each application must comprise of at least one (1) UK applicant and one (1) applicant from the Chinese Mainland
  • The size of grant requested is up to GBP 10,000 
  • Project proposals should have a timeline ending no later than 31 October 2024 
  • Organisation applicants should be registered in the UK or in the Chinese Mainland
  • Individual applicants should be Chinese nationals living inside the Chinese mainland or UK individuals based in the United Kingdom or temporarily living abroad but retaining a home address in the United Kingdom and defined by His Majesty’s Revenue & Customs as ‘resident in the UK’ for tax – see here
  • Funding bodies are not eligible 
  • Proposed projects must be projects for the arts, cultural or creative sector(s) within any of the following art forms:
    - Film
    - Creative technology (incl games, immersive, mixed, augmented and virtual reality) 
    - Literature
    - Visual Arts
    - Theatre and dance (including circus)
    - Architecture, design & fashion (including craft)  
    - Music 

What can the grant be used for?

The grant should be used to support the process to develop new projects with artistic expression or creativity at the core and that will result in collaborative activities including artistic and creative exchange of either skills, knowledge and practice or the co-production towards new artistic and creative content.

Various approaches can be employed such as art residencies, exhibitions, performances and showcases, publications, webinars, and conferences, among others.   

Toolkit, FAQs and Required Documents 

A reminder that all supporting documents requested are listed in the application form, i.e. 

  • Agreement Letter(s) from Partner(s) (Please download the template and complete)
  • CV of Project Leader 
  • Project Budget

For more information contact 

See also