Apply for DEEP Fund Awards!

Deep Emotional Engagement Programme (DEEP) Fund provides funds tos artistic responses that capture connections with the ocean. The DEEP Fund will support creative projects that communicate individual and/or communal emotional bonds with the sea to a wide audience including policy makers and research institutions, as well as beneficiary communities in the partner countries.

DEEP Fund Awards are designed for the project proposals that focus on expanding international audience outreach for pre-existing cultural heritage and/or art-based projects in Namibia, South Africa, Ghana, Kenya, and the South Pacific. The format of commissioned projects is entirely open, including, but not limited to: visual art, performing art, music, sound art, filmmaking, animation, digital art, fashion, literature, poetry, spoken word, craft, indigenous knowledge and customary practices.

Projects should be inter/transdisciplinary, interregional and community led or co-produced, with a focus on empowering women and youth. Available project funding ranges between £5,000 and £20,000, although in exceptional circumstances this amount may be increased. Projects will be expected to last between 6 and 18 months, from commissioning to deliverables and final reporting. Commissioned projects will form part of a final year exhibition, with a virtual/online component to complement the display.

The One Ocean Hub is an independent programme for collaborative research for development, funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) through the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). The Hub is a community of scholars from 22 leading international Universities and Research Centres from the UK, South Africa, Ghana, Namibia, Kenya, the South Pacific and the Caribbean. The Hub is led and hosted by the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK.

The deadline is on 26 June 2020.


Main criteria

  • Projects must be based in Namibia, South Africa, Ghana, Kenya and South Pacific island nations (particularly Fiji and Solomon Islands) on the DAC List of OAD Recipients
  • Projects must be conducted by individuals, non-government organisations, community sector groups or not-for-profit civil society
  • A two-stage selection process is adopted to recognise the differential in time and resources available to potential applicants from our partner countries
  • Proposals will be shortlisted before selection and invited to submit further information
  • Proposals will be assessed by the DEEP Fund Committee against the research objectives of the Hub and the One Ocean Hub Code of Practice
  • The DEEP Fund Committee is comprised of Hub researchers and representatives from each region, and its decision is final

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