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To celebrate 70 years of UK-Sri Lanka cultural relations, the British Council Sri Lanka is exceptionally funding a small number of grants this year. We are looking for organisations that are seeking opportunities for collaboration. 

The focus areas for these grants are given below. 

Education reform

British Council Sri Lanka has started implementation of a major education programme known as TRANSFORM in collaboration with the Ministry of Education of the Government of Sri Lanka under a Memorandum of Understanding. The general principles of the MoU commit to collaboration not just on teacher educator development but also on systemic reform. 

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Arts and development

The British Council believes in extending safe spaces for culture, creative exploration and exchange; building trust, enabling dialogue and presenting marginalised voices; and supporting the protection of cultural heritage and expression of cultural identities.

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Women and girls empowerment

British Council has a global priority in reaching gender equity in the communities they serve. Our Society and Arts strategic business units are working towards minimising gender gaps and helping communities in Sri Lanka to develop more inclusive, equitable and cohesive societies. We aim to do so by changing conservative perspectives about women and girls’ through raising awareness, admiring women’s roles in their society and providing safer physical and virtual spaces for women and girls.

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Youth empowerment

Social enterprises address social and environmental problems through innovative solutions that improve people’s lives in our communities and societies. The British Council’s Global Social Enterprise programme draws on the UK experience in social enterprise to promote its growth around the world. We build capacity in the sector, forge international networks, and support policy leaders to create ecosystems in which social enterprise and social investment can thrive. Our work supports positive social change, empowering youth, inclusive growth and sustainable development while building trust and creating opportunities between the UK and other countries. 

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British Council Sri Lanka has been working with young people during the last decade on diverse range of projects to help citizens and institutions contribute to a more inclusive, open and prosperous society both locally and globally. The projects have aimed at developing various skills including cross-cultural communication and Intercultural dialogue, and its effective role in community action. They are encouraged to play a bigger role in their communities by addressing social issues through volunteering and engaging with community influencers and local Civil Society Organizations.

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Deadline for submission of applications: Sunday 11 February 2018 (17:00 SL time)