UK and foreign organisations will work together through DICE to develop and deliver innovative actions that support the growth of social and creative enterprises in the UK and five emerging economies. These interventions will aim to empower women and girls, foster youth employment or support people with disabilities or other marginalised groups. © Courtesy: connect za project

Developing Inclusive and Creative Economies (DICE) is an ambitious programme that supports the development of creative and social enterprises in the UK and five key emerging economies: Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan, and South Africa.

Aiming to foster inclusive growth and progress on the Sustainable Development Goals, DICE takes an innovative, cross-sectoral approach which draws on UK expertise in the creative and social economies.

DICE operates at policy, institutional and individual levels. It supports interventions that are co-designed and co-delivered by UK enterprises and sector support organisations such as impact hubs, accelerators and universities working in partnership with counterparts in these countries.

Through DICE, we engage with policymakers and key influencers to help participating countries identify systemic barriers and promote legislation, strategies and funding that enable social and creative enterprises to flourish.


The programme will be informed by new research on the social and creative economies in each of the participating countries. These surveys will enhance our understanding of the contributions these sectors make to sustainable and inclusive development as well as the challenges and opportunities before them.

We will also produce a report on UK social and creative enterprises that operate in emerging economies. It will identify the barriers and opportunities for such organisations to operate internationally and offer recommendations to support more of them to export, franchise or work overseas.


In addition, we have established a DICE Fund through which we are offering two types of grants that will enable UK intermediaries and social/creative enterprises to collaborate in delivering interventions with like-minded organisations in the five partner countries. Investment will focus on the development of creative and social enterprise and initiatives that are designed specifically to empower women and girls, foster youth employment and support people with disabilities and other marginalised groups.

The programme is managed by the British Council’s new Arts and Society Unit, which brings together dynamic teams delivering some of the British Council’s most pioneering work to address major global challenges.

About the DICE Fund

The British Council will offer grants to qualified UK organisations working with compatible foreign partners to support the development of creative and social enterprises in the DICE countries through a £2m DICE Fund.

Two types of grants are available. 

1. Scoping and Business Development Grant

From 3 April 2018, the British Council will solicit applications from UK organisations for Scoping and Business Development grants worth £3,000-5,000 each. Up to 50 UK organisations and intermediaries will receive such grants.  The application deadline is 1 June and the results will be announced in the week commencing 18 June. 

The grants will support recipient organisations to conduct site visits to one of the five overseas DICE countries (Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan and South Africa) in order to scope opportunities and build partnerships with interested, compatible local enterprises or intermediary organisations. Two visits will be organised to each overseas DICE country and will be held during two designated weeks in the summer and autumn of 2018. Successful applicants will be invited to take part in one of the two visits.

The Scoping and Business Development grants will also support the UK and foreign partners to co-develop an initiative designed to strengthen both individual enterprises and the overall creative and/or social enterprise ecology in the countries. 

UK applicants will be able to list in order of priority which countries they would like to visit but will only be eligible to receive one grant for a scoping visit to one of the five overseas DICE countries.  

2. Collaboration Grant

Collaboration Grants will be jointly awarded to organisations in Brazil, Egypt, Indonesia, Pakistan and South Africa working in partnership with a UK organisation to deliver interventions that they have co-developed. 

These interventions will strengthen creative and social enterprises in the participating countries and focus on enterprises that empower women and girls, foster youth employment and support people with disabilities and other marginalised groups.

From 3September, we will welcome applications for Collaboration Grants. There will be two calls for Collaboration Grants

The first call application deadline is 18 November with the results announced the week commencing 14 December.

The second call application deadline is 8 February 2019 with the results announced the week commencing 25 February.

Applications are welcome from organisations located in the five DICE partner countries interested in developing a 12-month project with UK organisations. All applications must be developed, drafted and submitted jointly by the two partner organisations, one of which must be based in the UK and the other in one of the five designated countries. The UK applicant need not have previously secured a Scoping and Business Development Grant to be eligible for a Collaboration Grant.

In total, 20 Collaboration grants of up to £25,000 and five grants of up £50,000 will be made available to UK/international partnerships in two stages. 

The Collaboration Grant is now open. Click here to find out more about this grant.

Scope of the interventions

Please note that the DICE Fund is one component of the wider DICE programme and successful applicants to the DICE Fund are not expected to develop interventions that directly target policy makers or promote legislation. Rather it is expected that such interventions will focus at the level of institutions (such as universities or sector support bodies) or enterprises.