Opportunities database

Looking for an at-a-glance overview? Have a look at our calendar of opportunities for an annual overview of programmes, events and funding deadlines.

Still & Sparkling: UK-German Youth Newsletter

Do you know any aspiring writers or content creators? We’re looking for young people to contribute to future editions of our youth newsletter, Still & Sparkling. It could be a guide to German films, the low-down on music from Scotland, a video tour of their school – anything to help young people engage with the other culture or share their own, and ultimately bring young people together over shared interests. Young people can also subscribe to receive future editions.

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  • Open to applicants from:
  • All UK

Cultural Exchange Ambassadors

Cultural Exchange Ambassadors are English & German Language Assistants working in the other country. The programme provides Ambassadors with the opportunity to meet each other, partner up and run bilateral projects together.

Deadline: 16 December 2021

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  • Open to applicants from:
  • All UK

School Partnership Bursaries

Do you have a link with a school in Germany? Have your schools kept in touch or engaged in joint virtual activity in 2021? Are you planning face-to-face or virtual partnership activities in 2022?

2021 has been a challenging year for UK-German partnerships but now that travel and exchange activities between the UK and Germany are beginning to pick up again, UK-German Connection is offering special partnership bursaries of £1,000.00 to help keep school partnerships alive in 2022 (NB: please do also encourage your German partner school to apply).

Deadline: 31 January 2021

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  • Open to applicants from:
  • All UK

75-years of UK-NRW friendship: Capture Your Connection!

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of friendship between the UK and North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), we want to showcase and give recognition to the fantastic connections that you have established and celebrate the many links that have been built over the years. Whether it’s a friendship, pen-pal exchange, school partnership or youth group exchange or other kind of connection between the UK and NRW, we’re inviting you to share it creatively, reflect on 75 years of collaboration and look to a future of activities and connections!

A selection of entries will be showcased on our website and social media channels throughout the anniversary year and there will be small ‘UK-NRW-75’ goodies for all submissions and the most creative entries will receive special prizes!

Deadline: 31 December 2021

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  • Open to applicants from:
  • All UK

Flexible Funding Scheme

The Flexible Funding Scheme supports joint activities and projects between UK and German partner schools and youth groups, including visits or virtual activities. Projects can be virtual or include mobility and grants of normally up to £10,000 are available (or £2,000 for virtual activities).

Deadlines: In 2022 the application deadlines will be 31 January, 31 May and 31 October

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  • Open to applicants from:
  • All UK

Instant Impact

The Instant Impact grant supports first-time visits for groups of young people to a partner school or youth group in Germany. Funding of normally up to £2,500 is available, depending on the overall costs of the visit.

Deadline: Rolling (applications must be received at least six weeks in advance of the visit)

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  • Open to applicants from:
  • All UK

Partnership Visit Fund

The Partnership Visit Fund supports staff planning visits to set up new or foster on-going partnerships between schools and youth groups in the UK and Germany. Funding of normally up to £1,000 is available, depending on the overall costs of the visit.

Deadline: Rolling (applications must be received  at least six weeks in advance of the visit)

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  • Open to applicants from:
  • All UK

Café Connect

UK-German Connection’s cultural exchange café, Café Connect, gives young people the chance to get to know UK and German peers through fun, interactive activities, and group discussions on current topics. It’s a great opportunity to make new friends, learn about the other culture, and practise (or even pick up) some German!

These friendly online meet-ups take place twice a month and are open to young people both with and without German language skills.

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  • Open to applicants from:
  • All UK

15-year Anniversary Challenge: Capture Your Connection

Do you have a UK-German connection?

Share your story and celebrate your experience by submitting an entry to our 15-year Anniversary Challenge! Whether it’s a friendship, school partnership, youth group exchange or other connection, share it creatively and inspire others with your story!

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  • Open to applicants from:
  • All UK

The Bears

Exciting way for UK children learning German at primary school and their counterparts in Germany learning English at Grundschule to join up for a short-term bilateral project. The Bears arrive in the form of real soft toys, and come with a suitcase of easy to use materials designed to introduce young pupils to learning some basic German and interesting facts about Germany.

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  • Open to applicants from:
  • All UK