The British Council is calling for grant proposals from relevant institutions and/or individuals to develop digital classroom resources on climate change focusing on glaciers and rivers for students aged 12 to 14 years.

Through the British Council’s partnership with the Thames Festival Trust, Rivers of the World (ROTW) has been connecting schoolchildren across the world with counterparts in the UK to learn about the importance, and, issues of local rivers. The two-year programme was first implemented in Nepal between 2017 and 2018. In 2021, it is replicated under the Road to COP26 campaign, which focuses on climate change engagement.

Six schools have been selected to participate in the latest iteration of ROTW. From March to May 2021, groups of students, between 25-30 in number, from the selected schools will learn about their local rivers and develop digital artworks with an artist facilitator. ROTW is delivered as a four-day workshop spread across at least two weeks to allow students to conduct their own research and to work on other development activities, you can learn more about the process here and see artworks made in the last cycle here. British Council wishes to introduce a climate change activity within the workshop focusing on the impact on glaciers and therefore on rivers and people who depend on them. We hope to engage a relevant expert to develop resources that can be employed by educators, but primarily the ROTW facilitator to conduct a 60-minute activity as part of ROTW. 

We are interested in resources that appropriately address Nepal’s unique challenges from climate change. Arts and culture-based creative exercises are preferred. Besides applying the resource to ROTW, we would like proposals to consider the possibility of longer-term engagement with schools as a public resource that can be promoted through the British Council’s wider school network. 

Proposals will be assessed on the following: value for money, the creativity of the proposed resource-based activity, relevance to objectives of Road to COP26 project, the versatility of the resource (replicability, ease of use), and experience/expertise of the applicant and any in-kind or co-production value disclosed.

We request those interested in this call to read through the linked pages and review existing climate change resources available on the British Council’s school resource page to inform their proposals.

Proposal should:

  • Not be longer than 3 pages (or 1200 words)
  • It should adequately and concisely cover:
  1. BACKGROUND: why is the applicant deserving of the grant award? Please present references to relevant experiences, expertise, associations and on-going work that may add value to the end output.
  2. RESOURCE: please provide details of the resource and the activity that can be produced through its application. Include learning objectives, any material requirements and subject links to standard curricula for grades 8 through 10. Please note the resource needs to be provided within 2 weeks of the contract date.
  3. COST: please use a budget table and provide details of the costs involved. We expected the budget to only concern the development of the resource, which will be handed over digitally to the British Council.


25 February: Grant Opportunity Announced

3 March: Final date to submit clarification questions

10 March: Deadline for submission of proposals

12 March: Grantee notified

15 March: Grantee contracted

30 March: Resource submitted to British Council for application in ROTW

Submit your proposal to in PDF form with the subject line: Climate Change Classroom Activity. The deadline to apply is 6:00 PM NPT on 10 March 2021. Clarification requests can be sent to the same email address and should use the mentioned subject line.