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 and/or creative practitioners (including, for example: producers, curators, publishers, editors, translators, choreographers) based in England to spend time building links with artists, organisations and/or creative producers in another country. 

Round eleven of the Artists' international development fund closed at 5pm on Wednesday 13 January 2016. We will announce the successful applicants from round eleven on Wednesday 2 March.

How to apply

Round 12 of the Artists' International Development Fund will open on Monday 15 February. Application guidance is available now (see links below); you can begin to prepare your application offline but you will not be able to access the application form until 15 February.

The application deadline for round 12 will be 5pm on Wednesday 13 April 2016. We will notify applicants of the outcomes of our decisions by Wednesday 1 June 2016 (project activity cannot commence prior to this date)

For the application deadlines for later rounds, please refer to the application guidance.

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


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.

Tenth round of successful applicants announced November 2015

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

A total of £240,062 was awarded to 54 projects in Round 10 of the Artists’ International Development Fund, an average award of £4,446. We were able to fund 35% of the 154 eligible applications received in
this round (up slightly from 33% in round 9).

33 different countries will be visited by the funded artists including Bangladesh, Romania, Iceland, Singapore, Malaysia, Iran, Kenya, Zimbabwe, and Cambodia.

As previously, a high proportion of applicants were from the visual arts and this is reflected in a high proportion of awards (41%). Although this is significantly lower than the proportion of awards going to visual artists in the previous rounds, Arts Council England and The British Council remain keen to encourage a higher proportion of applications in artforms other than the visual arts in future rounds.

In rounds one to nine, over 50% of AIDF funding was awarded to applicants based in London, reflecting the disproportionate number of applications received from London based artists. With round ten we began a process of increasing the proportion of awards going to applicants based outside London (54% in round ten).

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:

  • artistic and/or market development for artists and creative practitioners 
  • a cadre of artists and creative practitioners in the UK (and also globally) who have experienced thebenefits 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 and/or creative practitionersbetween the UK and other countries across the arts and creative industries

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). The Artists’ international development fund has three funding rounds a year. 

You may only make one application in any one 12 month period (for example, if you applied to the Round 9 deadline of 1 May 2015, you will next be able to apply to the application deadline that comes after 1 May 2016).

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.