The Cultural and Education Section of the British Embassy in Moscow is pleased to announce an open call for UK and Russian cultural organisations to fund projects which aim to showcase contemporary UK arts to Russian audiences offline or online during the period of October 2021 – February 2022.

There will be two rounds of applications, with the following deadlines:
1st Round: 2 August 2021
2nd Round: 29 August 2021

This grant scheme is part of the 2nd year of UK-Russia Creative Bridge which is a professional development programme that aims to connect cultural professionals and artists in Russia and the UK and create new opportunities for both individuals and cultural institutions that desire to work with the UK arts sector. UK – Russia Creative Bridge is delivered by the British Council, operating in Russia as the Cultural and Education Section of the British Embassy in Moscow, in partnership with a number of Russian cultural institutions, with funding from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. 

We invite arts institutions from across the UK and the whole of Russia that have a desire and the potential to realise international collaborations to take part in this programme.  Arts institutions including museums, galleries, arts centers, libraries, theatres, concert halls, cinemas and other venues; festivals, art fairs, event agencies; educational bodies and platforms, media companies and digital platforms. For any eligibility questions please contact creativebridge@britishcouncil.org.

Applicants must have an interest and/or track record in international collaboration, and be able to demonstrate their ability to engage with audiences in Russia. 

Types of projects may include:

  • Showcases of contemporary UK arts across different art forms: visual art, design and architecture exhibitions, classical or contemporary music performances, film festivals, fashion shows and catwalks, theatre performances, festivals and art fairs
  • Educational events of all kinds involving UK cultural professionals and artists: professional development workshops, forums, conferences, short-term courses, series of public talks and lectures, creative residencies
  • Development of new or adaptation of existing pieces of collaborative art with the UK, e.g. film and music album releases, book publications (rights will remain with the applicant and won’t be passed to the Cultural and Education Section of the British Embassy in Moscow)
  • Media projects, websites and other digital platforms promoting contemporary UK arts

Collaborations can be both online and offline but are subject to international travel  restrictions/quarantine and Russian national and city-level policies relating to covid-19 including guidelines for events, physical distancing etc.  

Criteria for applicants:

  • Applicants should represent cultural organisations from any UK or Russian city (museums, galleries, art spaces / centres, libraries, theatres, concert halls, cinemas and other venues etc.)
  • The event/project should take place in Russia and target Russian audiences
  • The organisation must have existed for at least 3 years; be able to demonstrate a proven track record for delivering work; be a key player in the local cultural sector; be able to demonstrate  a developed audience, a have recognisable brand
  • It is desirable that applying organisation have experience of international cultural collaboration (including contracting foreign organisations and issuing foreign currency payments)
  • We are seeking a diverse range of proposals and therefore particularly welcome applications from organisations whose work is focused on or engages with artists and audiences who identity as women or gender minority, or disabled; are from underrepresented groups, or are next generation practitioners. 

How to apply:

  • The application form should reflect the concept and format of the project, proposed UK/Russian partners and artists involved, development plan, timeline, expected audience numbers, promotion channels, venues, budget breakdown 
  • The value of each grant is minimum £7,000 – maximum £50,000 
  • Please complete the application form at the bottom of the page and send it to creativebridge@britishcouncil.org by 23:59 on 2 August 2021 (1st round) or by 23:59 on 29 August 2021 (2nd round). Email subject line: CB_Grants application_name of organization
  • Important! Any Russian organisations named in the application will also need to submit a formal letter signed by the organization’s senior management proving that they can accept a grant from the British Embassy

Payment process and reporting:

  • Successful applicants will need to confirm a UK/Russian partner/artist and present a detailed adjusted project plan and budget before signing a grant agreement with British Council UK (for UK organizations) and Cultural and Education Section of the British Embassy in Moscow (for Russian organisations).
  • If a project cannot be implemented offline due to external reasons beyond the applicant’s control, the applicant will be required to deliver the project online within the same budget. The Cultural and Education Section of the British Embassy in Moscow does not cover applicant’s losses related to the cancellation of any offline activities and applicant takes over all related risks (such as expenses of UK experts’ visits – travel tickets, hotel, visa etc).
  • For Russian organisations – a grant agreement will be signed between the successful applicant and the Cultural and Education Section of the British Embassy in Moscow. The successful applicant will need to provide the formal letter signed by the organisation senior management that they can accept a grant from the British Embassy (non-resident) and make agreements with foreign organisations and individuals before signing the grant agreement. 
  • For Russian organisations – the grant will be transferred to the applicant’s bank account in rubles using the internal exchange rate on the date of the grant agreement signing.
  • The applicant is fully responsible for the tax payment. Grant amount does not cover taxes, including UK VAT.
  • The applicant is fully responsible for project implementation at all stages including communication with UK and Russian partners and third parties, planning, logistics, audience engagement, payment processing, reporting. 
  • The Cultural and Education Section of the British Embassy in Moscow does not assist with securing UK and Russian partners, making payments within the project, or – where travel is possible – providing visas or issuing visa support letters.
  • The grant recipient should deliver the project and present a full report on it to the Cultural and Education Section of the British Embassy in Moscow by 28 February 2022. 
  • The reporting stage includes detailed financial and descriptive reports and completed evaluation form.
  • A descriptive report is provided in English and includes: quantitative and qualitative audience analysis, links to media publications, photo and video (if any) of the work, feedback from engaged UK and Russian partners as well as audience members, a descriptive summary of the key project outcomes, and logo placement of the Cultural and Education Section of the British Embassy in Moscow (on all project related materials). Detailed guidance will be issued to successful applicants. 
  • The financial report includes project related supporting documents: agreements with individuals and organisations (Russian and UK-based), payment documents (bank statements, payment orders, credit card reports (corporate cards – for organisations, personal cards – for individuals), invoices, acts of acceptance, facturas, itinerary receipts, delivery slips, e-tickets. We do not accept cash payments, only bank transfers.
  • In case an applicant does not spent the whole grant amount, the rest should be returned to the Cultural and Education Section of the British Embassy in Moscow by bank transfer in Russian roubles by 31 March 2022. 

Timeline the 1st round

  • 2 August 2021 – application deadline. If you have any questions about applying prior to submission, please, contact creativebridge@britishcouncil.org
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  • 16 August 2021 – successful applicants notified. 
  • By end September 2021 – agreements signed and funds transferred (only after the payment is done, the applicant can start contractual relations with suppliers, etc)
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  • 28 February 2022 – project delivery completed, financial and qualitative reports, and evaluation form submitted. 

Timeline the 2nd round

  • 29 August 2021 – application deadline. If you have any questions about applying prior to submission, please, contact creativebridge@britishcouncil.org.
  • 13 September 2021 – successful applicants notified. 
  • By end October 2021 –  – agreements signed and funds transferred (only after the payment is done, the applicant can start contractual relations with suppliers, etc)
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  • 28 February 2022 – project delivery completed, financial and qualitative reports, and evaluation form submitted. 

There are two rounds of applications to allow for the summer period and differing levels of readiness of organisations to apply.  Applications in both rounds will be reviewed according to the same criteria.

The Cultural and Education Section of the British Embassy in Moscow will conduct the selection process in line with equality and diversity policies.