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Organisations and individuals working in heritage, architecture, culture, arts and design, and with an interest in developing projects focusing on documenting, protecting, and promoting tangible and intangible heritage, are invited to nominate one member of their team to join a training workshop that focuses on the following: 

  • Designing cultural heritage-related projects.
  • Proposal writing and budgeting for cultural heritage-related projects.
  • Applying for funding from the Cultural Protection Fund and other international funders

The workshop will also be an opportunity to network, find viable partners, and apply what you have learnt to develop an idea for a proposal. 


Introductory Session (online) for Lahore Workshop participants: 

4 July 2023

2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

Join the session here.

Introductory Session (online) for Karachi Workshop participants: 

5 July 2023

2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

Join the session here.

Lahore Workshop (in-person): 

13 &14 July 2023

9.00 am – 6.00 pm on both days

Karachi Workshop (in-person): 

17 & 18 July 2023

9.00 am – 6.00 pm on both days


Participants should be living and working in Pakistan. Limited travel bursaries are available for those travelling from another city for the workshops in Lahore and Karachi. Travel needs should be included in your application.

  • Participants should have at least two years’ experience working in a cultural heritage-related field in Pakistan.
  •  Participants should have a working knowledge of English and good writing skills. 

Workshop Duration and Level of Engagement

Selected participants will attend an online Introductory Session on 4 July 2023 (Lahore participants) and 5 July 2023 (Karachi participants).  Duration 1 hour.  

Two-day workshops will be run in Lahore (13 & 14 July 2023) and Karachi (17 & 18 July 2023), and participants are expected to attend the entire workshop in person.

Participants should be prepared to come to the workshop with an idea for a proposal which requires funding or to use a hypothetical or existing project for learning purposes.The workshop is organised by the Cultural Protection Fund, managed under the British Council in Pakistan and delivered by Counterculture. 

Language of Instruction

The language of instruction and associated material will be in English. Participants should have a working knowledge of spoken and written English. 

How to Apply


Application Deadline: 11.59 pm PST on Tuesday, 20 June 2023

About the Cultural Protection Fund

The Cultural Protection Fund (CPF) is led by the British Council in partnership with the UK Government Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). It was launched in 2016 to protect vital cultural heritage at risk in conflict-affected regions. In 2019 the fund expanded its remit to protect cultural heritage at risk because of climate change and natural hazards. The overarching objective of the fund is to help create sustainable opportunities for social and economic development through building capacity to foster, safeguard and promote cultural heritage. The CPF awards funding to projects which keep cultural heritage sites and objects safe, as well as supporting the recording, conservation and restoration of cultural heritage. It also provides opportunities to local communities for training and education, enabling and empowering them in the long term to value, care for and benefit from their cultural heritage. Since 2016 the Cultural Protection Fund has awarded nearly £50m to 138 projects across 17 countries.

In 2023/24 the CPF is piloting activities in Pakistan which could lead to the fund’s expansion in South Asia from 2025.  

About Counterculture

Counterculture helps cultural, educational and creative organisations to plan, manage, and thrive. We work for public bodies, businesses, not-for-profits and individuals – locally, nationally, and internationally. Our 33 partners, 14 staff and 100+ associates provide clients with specialist professional services across strategy, policy, governance, management, finance, law, and capital projects. We are consultants, accountants, solicitors, project managers, and fundraisers (we’re also musicians, artists, historians, writers). Our approach is friendly but deeply rigorous (we’re regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority), and we are an Arts Council England approved Consultant for Change. All our work is underpinned by a collaborative and pragmatic approach, which involves working with clients to best develop, enhance and realise their own ideas.