The Artists' International Development fund is jointly funded by the British Council and Arts Council England.

The Artists’ international development fund offers early stage development opportunities for individual freelance and self-employed artists (including creative producers, publishers, curators and editors) based in England to spend time building links with artists, organisations and/or creative producers in another country. 

How to apply

Round nine of the Artists' International Development Fund closed at 5pm on Friday 1 May 2015. 

The deadline for round ten of the Artists' International Development Fund will be 5pm on Wednesday 14 October 2015.

For the application deadlines for rounds 11 and 12, please refer to the application guidance.

We strongly advise you download and read all of our application guidance before applying (Word, PDF).

Apply online

Once you are logged in, select Grants for the arts (incl. AIDF) from the dropdown list, and start the form.


You can download the lists of successful applicants using the link on the right. 

The programme is one of the targeted grants in our strategic funding programme.

Eighth round of successful applicants announced March 2015

We have announced the successful applicants from round eight of the Artists’ international development fund.

There were 197 eligible applications received, of which 34 (17 per cent) were successful. The total amount of funding awarded to these projects was £165,477.

Successful projects in round eight cover all art forms and a wide range of countries. The countries that successful applicants will be visiting include The Netherlands, Uganda, Finland, Israel, Egypt, India, Germany, USA, Pakistan, Australia, Kyrgyzstan, Japan, South Korea, India, Lebanon, Spain, China, Argentina, Turkey and Georgia.

Our aims for the programme

We have developed the Artists' international development fund to help us achieve our aims within Goal 1 of our 10-year framework Great art and culture for everyone: excellence. We want artists to be open to international perspectives and to expand their horizons. 

The British Council and the Arts Council want the programme to produce:

  • a cadre of artists and creative practitioners in the UK (and also globally) who have experienced the benefits of international working between the UK and other countries and are advocates for it among their peers
  • an increase in the amount of international collaboration among artists between the UK and other countries across the arts and creative industries
  • artistic development for artists

The Arts Council and British Council have a memorandum of understanding in place, focussed around this work. 

Value and number of awards

Artists are able to apply for small grants (minimum of £1,000 up to £5,000). You can only apply to the Artists' international development programme once in any financial year.

We have limited funds available and expect that there will be a significant demand for investment. It is likely that there will be good applications that we will not be able to fund. You should also think about other sources of investment, in case we are unable to award funding. If you have already been awarded a grant from Artists' international development fund, you are unlikely to receive a second award because we want to use the fund to support as many individual artists and arts practitioners as possible. 

Information about other organisations that distribute Lottery grants can be found at If you decide to make an application, we wish you every success.

Funding for film makers 

In parallel with the Artists' international development fund, the British Council are administering a separate fund for film makers designed to help emerging UK film talent travel with their work and reach new international audiences. The Travel Grant Fund will support makers of short films in the UK in showing their work at international film festivals.

Visit the British Council's website for further information.