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Call for participation: Workshop on Project Design and Proposal Writing for Cultural Heritage-Related Fields 

Organisations and individuals working in cultural heritage and related arts/cultural sectors with an interest in developing projects focusing on documenting, protecting, and promoting intangible heritage, are invited to nominate one member of their team to join a training workshop that focuses on the following:  

  • Designing cultural heritage-related projects 
  • Proposal writing and budgeting for cultural heritage-related projects. 
  • Applying for funding from the Cultural Protection Fund and other international funders 

The workshop will also be an opportunity to network, connect with potential partners, and apply what you have learned to develop an idea for a proposal.

Post-workshop, participants will be able to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to receive development grants funded by the Cultural Protection Fund. Up to NPR 5,00,00,000 will be provided to a few projects (up to 6) to deliver heritage preservation projects from April 2024 – February 2025. 

Workshop Details 

The three-day workshop will target up to 40 heritage/arts/culture professionals from across Nepal. It will be held on 1, 2 and 3 November (Wednesday to Friday) in Kathmandu, Nepal. The workshop will be led by the UK-based organization Counterculture, with support from the British Council’s Culture Protection Fund team (UK) and local advisors. 

The workshop comprises of training, group discussions/exercises, and presentations from Nepal, the UK, and other international territories. Resources and reading materials will be provided to participants before and after the workshop to help apply the knowledge gained effectively in future efforts. 

A pre-workshop briefing is scheduled for session on 25 October 2023 over Zoom. This orientation session will overview the workshop, and introduce the facilitators and advisors to make sure the joining information is clear and accessible. 

Participants who apply from outside of Kathmandu will be provided full cover which includes domestic transfer, incidentals, and hotel accommodation with full board. These participants will be required to arrive in Kathmandu by 31 October.  

Participants should be prepared to come to the workshop with an idea for a proposal that requires funding or to use a hypothetical or existing project for learning purposes. The workshop is organized by the Cultural Protection Fund, managed under the British Council in Nepal and delivered by Counterculture with support from local advisors.   

Eligibility and Selection Criteria 

Participants should be based and working in Nepal. They should have at least five years of experience leading or supporting heritage actions or related initiatives. Participants must be at least 19 at the time of applying for placement.  Please note the instruction language is English. Interpretation to Nepali will be provided for the workshop only but this amenity is not extended to the Expression of Interest call nor the grants call. We expect participants to have a working knowledge of English and good writing skills to benefit fully from the Culture Protection Fund offers for Nepal. 

A multi-member panel will review received applications for placements. Besides relevancy, the panel will be prioritizing candidates from who represent at-risk and marginalized (intangible) heritage. Women, youth, and disabled candidates are encouraged to apply for this opportunity. 

How to apply 

Please fill out the application form by 11.59 PM NST on Friday, 20 October 2023. Selection will be based solely on the information provided through the application form. 

About the Cultural Protection Fund 

The Cultural Protection Fund (CPF) is led by the British Council in partnership with the UK Government Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). It was launched in 2016 to protect vital cultural heritage at risk in conflict-affected regions. In 2019 the fund expanded its remit to protect cultural heritage at risk because of climate change and natural hazards. The overarching objective of the fund is to help create sustainable opportunities for social and economic development by building capacity to foster, safeguard, and promote cultural heritage. The CPF awards funding to projects that keep cultural heritage sites and objects safe, as well as supporting the recording, conservation, and restoration of cultural heritage. It also provides opportunities to local communities for training and education, enabling and empowering them in the long term to value, care for, and benefit from their cultural heritage. Since 2016 the Cultural Protection Fund has awarded nearly £50m to 138 projects across 17 countries. 

In 2023/24 the CPF is piloting activities in Nepal and supporting limited development grants in 2024/25 to better understand the impact and relevancy of the offer to the country’s heritage protection sector. 

About (lead) facilitator  

Counterculture helps cultural, educational, and creative organisations to plan, manage, and thrive. We work for public bodies, businesses, not-for-profits, and individuals – locally, nationally, and internationally. Our 33 partners, 14 staff, and 100+ associates provide clients with specialist professional services across strategy, policy, governance, management, finance, law, and capital projects. We are consultants, accountants, solicitors, project managers, and fundraisers (we’re also musicians, artists, historians, and writers). Our approach is friendly but deeply rigorous (we’re regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority), and we are an Arts Council England-approved Consultant for Change. All our work is underpinned by a collaborative and pragmatic approach, which involves working with clients to best develop, enhance and realise their own ideas.