Invitation to Tender  

Through our Creative Economy work in Sub Saharan Africa, we offer a suite of support to young people, to facilitate their learning and economic advancement ambitions. We work in an integrated way to build capacity, through learning, networking and other support that young people need to start or grow their creative and social enterprises or get new / better jobs in the Creative Economy sector.     

2021 Programme Summary:   

 In SSA we will work thematically across the core areas of Creative Enterprise, Leadership, and Policy. 

The Creative Economy 2021 funding round will focus on supporting the creative economies in 8 countries in Sub Saharan Africa to support young people to regional and UK peer/expert networks, other skills opportunities and knowledge, mentoring, business incubation/acceleration, and other support that they need to build sustainable creative enterprise.  

Cultural and Creative Organisations and Institutions based in the UK and one of Ethiopia, Sudan, Kenya, Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, and South Africa will be invited to jointly develop content for Creative Enterprise SSA Arts.

Application Links

Ghana (Music, Creative Economy Tender for ‘Programme Delivery Partners in Music Sector Support Organisations in Ghana and UK’. Deadline for submission: 8 September 2021, at 23:59.)

Country Focuses

Ghana - Music

  • Creative Enterprise Support Programme (Music) - Music business training, incubation, acceleration for emerging music sector professionals including mentoring and seed grants for participants and music sector support through networking
  • Creative Economy Leadership Programme


The partners can be a creative hub, a creative professional, a creative/education organisation or institutions, etc 

The ideal partners would be a collaborative team, composed of one partner in SSA working with and developing the programme with a partner from the UK (see eligible countries).  You can either apply as a UK/SSA partnership or as one side of a partnership and we will then broker a relationship between two partners [one SSA / one UK] to co-design and co-deliver the programme.   

This team should have:  

- Strong knowledge and capacity to manage medium-large scale programmes with multiple stakeholders.  

- Experience in curating and producing Creative Economy programmes for online and face to face delivery for diverse audiences.  

- A demonstrable knowledge of SSA Creative Economy sector, and with a network of expert contacts.  

- Due to time limitations, be available to work primarily on this project between September and March 2022. 

Important Dates

Applicants must apply through our digital InTend platform - applications are now Live.


  • Ghana (8 September 2021, at 23.59)

Eligible Countries

SSA: Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Zimbabwe.  

UK: England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland

Webinars - Engage with us and find out more

Meet our teams across Africa and the UK who will elaborate on the application process, selection criteria and additional opportunities in our series of webinars. Details for August webinars TBC.

  1. Sub-Saharan Africa and the UK - 29 July 2021, 2pm BST  for all eligible SSA and UK countries

The recording will be made available here and at the link above after the webinar.

How to Apply

One partner (based in SSA or the UK - see eligible countries above) must complete an application form on behalf of the partnership. 

Applicants must apply through our digital InTend platform - applications expected to go live from early August 2021

We have created a step-by-step guide to help you navigate our InTend platform, you can watch it HERE.

Creative Economy E-Learning Programme - Launching September

The British Council understands the difficulties faced by young African entrepreneurs and has designed a series of free, easy to access courses themed on the creative economy and social enterprise sectors.  

Creative and social enterprises are important means both of offering livelihoods to marginalised communities but also as means to improving communities. 

Through its Creative Enterprise E-Learning programme, the British Council will equip young aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs with the skills they need to grow their businesses, contribute to the economic development of the continent and inspire their communities. 

The British Council enables connections, exchange and opportunities between Africa and the UK; contributes to greater inclusion in African societies; contributes to economic development, innovation and employability; and enables the UK to have strong and enduring networks with future leaders and influencers.