Due to the success of year one of the Creative Spark: Higher Education Enterprise Programme, we’re pleased to announce that we will fund a further 12 international partnerships. Each partnership will receive a maximum of £40,000

Applications will open on 1 April 2019 (link to be provided on this page) and you will be able to apply before 12 May 2019.

The UN has previously recognised the creative economy as being one of the most rapidly growing sectors of the world economy. Through participating in the programme, you will be helping the next generation to develop new skills which may help their employment prospects, as well as helping to develop the creative economy in your country.  

What should you focus on?

The grant applications are expected to focus on:

  • skills development for students and young creative entrepreneurs
  • how you will supportnew business and incubation
  • knowledge exchange. 

The maximum amount of funding will be £40,000 for one academic year per partnership (September 2019–June 2020). 

The partnership must be formed between at least one of the identified organisations in the UK and at least one organisation in the programme country. The final version of the application must be submitted by the UK partner. Partnerships may be one-to-one or involve a consortium (i.e. a small group of universities/institutions either from the UK or partner countries). 

Please see Application Guideline at the bottom of the page for details.


UK organisations jointly with their partners from one of the Creative Spark countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan):

  • university (or relevant institutions/institutes of the university)
  • local/national foundations (with relevant focus and capacity to programme targets)
  • public bodies (Governmental, semi-governmental organisations working for city/national administrations with relevant focus)
  • non-governmental organisations
  • creative hubs / clusters / innovation centres.

How to apply

We’ve produced a Word version of the online application form (please see the bottom of the page) so you can draft and share the content easily with your partner(s). However, this is solely to allow you to collaborate. The final version must be submitted using the online form.

If you have any enquiries, please contact Creative Spark programme team or our local office before the application deadline, 12 May 2019.