We have opened applications for scoping grants as part of the 2025 UK/Kenya season of culture. This grant scheme aims to support new connections, exchanges, and future collaborations between the UK and Kenya that lay the foundation for long-term relationships among artists, creative practitioners, and art and cultural organisations, hubs, networks, and collectives through engaging digitally and/or face to face.
In late 2024 and 2025 we intend to competitively offer further open call opportunities that successful scoping grantees will be eligible for. Below are key points potential applicants should keep in mind
- The maximum available grant available per applicant is 5,000GBP and travel should take place between late April and October 2024.
- Projects should be delivered by at least one UK-based organisation/ individual and at least one organisation/ individual based in Kenya.
- Partners will need to agree on who the lead administrative partner is and demonstrate this through submitting a letter of intent as part of their application. The lead administrative partner will apply for, receive and report on the funding as the main point of contact. The partners will need to demonstrate how responsibilities and accountabilities are shared equitably between partners as part of the application process.
- This grant cannot support recurrent costs on existing projects.
We also welcome applications that focus on virtual collaboration if there is strong evidence that the grant would be put to good use in developing the project idea without physically visiting the country. We are also open to applications that deliver a collaborative activity that contributes to the development of future project ideas i.e. virtual residencies, workshops, exhibitions, conferences, panels and talks.
The grants are open to individual practitioners, arts and cultural organisations, large or small, in both the UK and Kenya. If the proposed project is clearly shared between two organisations, then only one of the organisations can apply for the grant.
We are interested in projects at the intersection of one (or many) art forms and creative technology, and/or projects that, through artistic practice, develop applications of technology in new or unexpected ways. These technologies could be, but are not limited to: video gaming, artificial intelligence, XR, blockchain technologies, or emergent scientific research.