The Artists' international development programme is a £750,000 fund, jointly funded by the British Council and Arts Council England.
The programme offers early stage development opportunities for individual freelance and self employed artists based in England to spend time building links with artists, organisations and/or creative producers in another country.
The last deadline for AIDF applications was 3 May. The next deadline will be in October. We are making changes to the application process following the first year of the scheme, which means future applications will need to be submitted via a new form. The new application form for AIDF applications for future funding rounds will be available online from mid-August. Please check back for final dates.
You can download the lists of successful applicants using the link on the right.
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 Achieving great art for everyone: talent and artistic excellence are thriving and celebrated. We want artists to be open to international perspectives and to expand their horizons. You can find out more about this in the Arts Council Plan 2011-15.
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
Value and number of awards
This programme is not currently open for applications.
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 www.lotteryfunding.org.uk. 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.