Cultural Bridge is a unique investment programme between all UK arts councils and leading German cultural institutions that supports the development of cross-border partnerships.
Since launching in 2021, it has so far enabled 44 arts organisations that place communities at the heart of their work, to build and develop new partnerships that allow exploration and exchange of practice across the UK and Germany.
The Cultural Bridge programme is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive network. The activity we support, and the workforce of arts and culture organisations we fund, should reflect the diversity of the UK and Germany, and as such we encourage applications from diversity-led organisations and from those from under-represented backgrounds.
Applications for Cultural Bridge 2024 - 2025 are now closed. We received a total of 138 applications across Tier One and Tier Two. Applicants will be notified of the final outcome by Wednesday 31st January 2024.
This programme is open to all arts and cultural organisations with proven expertise in socially engaged/participatory practice.
Partnerships must be bi-lateral, including at least one German partner and one UK partner, from any one of the four nations: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Applications can be for physical, digital or hybrid activity focussed on socially engaged/participatory arts practice and in response to the programme aims/themes (see full guidance).
Tier 1: New Partnerships, up to £10,000 per partnership.
Supporting new partnerships between UK and German arts organisations, both organisations must have demonstrable expertise in socially engaged practice.
Tier 2: Established Partnerships, up to £30,000 per partnership.
Supporting existing partnerships between UK and German arts organisations, both organisations must have demonstrable expertise in socially engaged practice. All Tier 2 applications should include some direct engagement/ participatory practice with communities.
There is no requirement for match funding, but existing partnerships applying for Tier 2 are encouraged to build wider partnerships and leverage other income/in-kind support.
Decisions will be made against the criteria of the fund and will aim to be inclusive of both Germany and the UK’s cultural diversity and geography.
UK organisations contact:
Programme Manager, Cultural Bridge
German organisations contact:
Fonds Soziokultur e.V.