The National Organising Committee for Indonesia as Market Focus Country at the 2019 London Book Fair is offering seed grants for the purpose of enhancing knowledge of Indonesia in the UK.


In conjunction with Indonesia’s appearance as “Market Focus Country” at the 2019 London Book Fair, the National Organising Committee for Indonesia as Market Focus Country at the 2019 London Book Fair (NOC-LBF) is offering seed-grants to organisations in the U.K. of up to 5,000 GBP for the purpose of organising and staging activities or events that enhance and foster public knowledge of Indonesia via the creative sector, specifically concerning Indonesian culture, language, and literature. These events will form part of Indonesia’s “LBF Fringe Programme,” whose goal is to build on and accentuate the promotion of Indonesia’s appearance as Market Focus Country at the 2019 London Book Fair, which runs March 12-14 at Olympia in Kensington, London. Partners in this venture are the Indonesian Embassy in London, PPI-UK (the U.K. Indonesian Students Association) and the British Council.

Proposed fringe events may be held any time between 1 March and 30 August 2019 with the exception of the period 11-15 March. During that period of time only events that are linked to Indonesia’s official cultural and professional programmes at LBF and which have previously been approved the NOC-LBF and may be carried out.

Eligible Activities and Organisations

Activities or events eligible that might be considered for seed-grant funding include (but are not limited to) seminars, lectures, poetry slams, book readings, discussions, theatrical performances, film screenings, poster competitions, Indonesian language classes, photographic exhibitions, workshops, artistic collaborations etc. The more imaginative and participatory the proposed event, the better—so as to show to as many people as possible in the UK that Indonesia is a rich source of both artistic and intellectual content and creative talent. Special attention will be paid to proposals that are collaborative in nature and which highlight Indonesian authors and their books.

All events chosen for inclusion in Indonesia’s LBF Fringe Programme will be branded under the “17,000 Islands of Imagination” theme and will be promoted through the websites of NOC-LBF, the Indonesian Embassy in London, PPI-Uk, and the British Council as well as through print media.

Grants will be awarded to such organisations as university departments, student organisations, community-based arts organisations, literature festivals, literature development agencies, literary magazines, film clubs, libraries, book stores, etc.

For legal reasons, grants may be paid only to organisations (not individuals) with a British tax identification number. If an applicant has a strong proposal but no tax ID, NOC/BC will be happy to help identify a suitable partner organisation.

Interested organisations must complete the on-line application form (link here) and supply all the material requested. Incomplete application forms will not be considered. Representatives of organisations that are awarded seed grants will be required to fulfill all terms of the grant including documentation of the activity and submission of a final project report or will be required to return the funds awarded to them to NOC-LBF.

Information to Prepare for On-Line Application Form

  1. Name and address of applicant organisation:
  2. Name and contact information for person submitting the application:
  3. Proposed title of event:
  4. Location:
  5. Date(s) of proposed Event:
  6. A narrative description of “The Project,” including the following sections:
  1. Project Description.  Include here specifics on the individuals and partners you will work with; a time-line and draft run-down of the event; the event’s target audience; how many people might be expected to participate in the event; and how the event will be promoted. (Up to 200 words.)
  2. Objectives. Explain the goals of the project and how the project will meet the objectives stated above. What kind of impact do you expect this project to have? (Up to 200 words.)
  3. Organisational Experience. Describe your organisation and its goals as well as how the project fits strategically with your work. Does your organisation have any past experience in promoting Indonesian culture? If so, please describe. (Up to 200 words.)
  1. Budget

Provide a breakdown of expenses and how much you are requesting. Items that may be covered include travel costs, speakers’ fees, venue rental, food and non-alcoholic beverages, and others. Items that will not be covered include salaries, management fees, and overhead. Applicant organisations should not expect NOC-LBF to cover all costs. In fact, the more sponsors and matching funds that the applicant organisation is able to secure will strengthen the application. If your organisation is providing in-kind of assistance (promotion, marketing, venues and so on) place a value on that assistance and include it in the budget.

  1. Support Documents (if any)

Support documents might include anything that helps to strengthen the proposal: CVs of key project personnel, Clippings about or links to past events organised by the applicant-organisation.

Selection Process and Time Line

Applications will be judged by a jury consisting of individuals representing the partner organisations in this venture. Jury members must recuse themselves from evaluating or voting on proposals from organisations they might belong to. Jury members may not serve on the organising committee of any proposed activity. All decisions will be final and not subject to dispute.

As indicated above, proposals that are collaborative in nature and which are building new connections and introducing new voices in Indonesian literature to the U.K. will be prioritised in the decision-making process. Successful applicants will receive 80% of the funds requested upon approval of the application and 20% after the final report on the event is submitted. The time line is as follows:

  • First call for applications: January 25, 2019
  • Deadline for applications: February 15, 2019.
  • Announcement of successful applications: February 19, 2019

If in the first round the selection committee feels the applications as a whole do not reflect the creative or geographic diversity that the committee hopes to achieve through this funding programme, a second call for proposals might be announced.

Those who pass the selection will be asked: 
1. To submit a final report, both narrative and financial, including invoices and photographic/video documentation.
2. To use design templates provided by the NOC, including logos.
3. To use the #ImagineNation hashtag
4. To tag the account on social media from the Indonesian Creative Economy Agency, Ministry of Education and Culture, Indonesian National Book Committee.

Successful applicants will be required to evaluate the results of their activity against their proposal and submit a written report to the NOC-LBF within two weeks of completion of the project.

We welcome any questions about this programme before the 21 January deadline. Please contact [email protected]