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To celebrate UK-Sri Lanka cultural relations, the British Council Sri Lanka will be funding a small number of grants. We are looking for organisations that are seeking opportunities for collaboration. Similarly, the British Council also may come forward to offer certain social educational opportunities free of charge, open to the general public. Watch this space.

The funding and educational opportunities currently available are listed below. 

Educational: Leadership for Gender Equality Programme

British Council, in partnership with Clore Social Leadership, is offering 20-25 emerging leaders a lifetime opportunity to develop your leadership capacity and skills through a five-week online, self-access leadership course. The course will develop your ability to become more effective in leading interventions to support gender equality and women’s leadership within your sector and/or community. 

Find out more information and the eligibility criteria to apply for this course by downloading the following document:
Application Form: Leadership for Gender Equality Programme

If you match the criteria stated in the above document and are interested in applying, please complete the application form and e-mail it to by 5 p.m. on Sunday 6 December (Sri Lankan time).

Funding: Social Enterprise Coaching Skills Development and Incubator Programme for Start-up Social Enterprises of Youth and Women

The British Council is implementing a 4-year project titled “Support for Integrated Rural Development”. The project is funded by the European Union. The overall objective of this project is the promotion of an integrated, sustainable climate-resilient and inclusive socio-economic development for the most vulnerable rural and estate communities within the districts of Monaragala and Badulla in Uva Province, and Nuwara Eliya and Matale in Central Province.

The British Council invites institutions capable of delivering Social Enterprise Coaching Skills Development and Incubator Programme for Start-up Social Enterprises of Youth and Women in UVA and Central provinces of Sri Lanka (Matale, Nuwara Eliya, Badulla and Monaragala districts).

Download the Terms of Reference document to find out more.

Please email your completed application (Annexure 1 in the above document) by 5 p.m. Sri Lanka time on Thursday 10 December 2020. 

Applications should be sent electronically to

You are also asked to submit scanned copies of your supporting documents along with your application form.