Cultural Protection Fund 2016-2020 Launches

The Cultural Protection Fund has been established by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. The Government is dedicating £30 million in overseas development assistance funding between 2016 and 2020 to support cultural heritage in conflict-affected countries. The overarching objective of the Fund is to protect cultural heritage, creating opportunities for social and economic development through building capacity to foster, safeguard and promote cultural heritage overseas.

Non-governmental organisations, charities, voluntary organisations, public sector organisations, and academic institutions based in the UK can apply. The grants are suitable for applicants working with local partners in one or more of the Fund’s target countries: Afghanistan, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Iraq, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey and Yemen.

Cultural heritage includes many different things from the past that communities value and want to pass on to future generations.

Examples include:

  • Archaeological sites and monuments.
  • Collections of objects, books or documents in museums, libraries or archives.
  • Historic buildings.
  • Historic landscapes, gardens and parks.
  • Cultural traditions such as stories, festivals, crafts, music, dance and costumes.
  • Histories of people, communities, places and events.
  • Heritage of languages and dialects.
  • People’s memories and experiences (often recorded as ‘oral history’).

There are two levels of funding:

  • Small Grants of between £5,000 and £100,000.
  • Large Grants of between £100,000 and £2 million.

Organisations are limited to a maximum of £3 million in funding from the Cultural Protection Fund from 2016-2020. This is a cumulative total representing all grants awarded for projects.

There are separate application processes for small and large grants:

  • Large grants will have two funding rounds per financial year.
  • Small grants will run on a rolling basis with quarterly decision meetings.

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