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European Networks of Cultural and Creative Organisations
Creative Europe - Culture Strand
Estimated EU contribution per project
max. € 1,200,000.00
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The support to European Networks of Cultural and Creative Organisations action intends to enhance the capacities of European cultural and creative sectors to face common challenges and nurture talents, innovate, prosper and generate jobs and growth.
This action will support projects implemented by highly representative, multi-country, membership-based networks of European cultural organisations, which cover a wide range of Creative Europe participating countries. Networks must have a shared mission, governance rules, and members' rights and obligations, as formally specified (in "statutes" or equivalent) and agreed upon by its members. Networks should be composed of a coordinating entity and its members.
European networks exclusively covering the audiovisual sector are not eligible for funding under this action.
Proposals should consistently demonstrate the applicants’ potential to be reliable policy networks in their field(s) of operation. For this, proposals should meet the following themes and priorities and be structured around work packages.
Proposals should address the following specific call priorities:
- Artists and cultural professionals: empowering the cultural and creative sectors
- Culture for the people: enhancing cultural participation and the role of culture in society
- Culture for the planet: unleashing the power of culture
- Culture for co-creative partnerships: strengthening the cultural dimension of EU external relations
- Culture for digital transformation: help the European cultural and creative sectors to fully take advantage of new technologies to enhance their competitiveness
When addressing the specific priorities mentioned above, proposals should seek synergies with ongoing EU-funded activities and elaborate on previous and ongoing efforts such as:
- The implementation of the current Work Plan for Culture, as explained in the "priorites" section above
- The results of the EU cooperation with the Member States through the Open Method of Cooperation (OMC)
- Voices Of Culture (the structured dialogue between the cultural and creative sectors in the European Union and the European Commission)
- The Knowledge and Innovation Community of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology on Culture and Creativity, aiming to transform Europe’s Cultural & Creative Sectors and Industries
All proposals should present a substantiated strategy and concrete details on how to implement one or more of the above priorities.
Proposals should take into account the programme’s cross-cutting issues of (i) inclusion and diversity, notably gender balance, and (ii) greening of Creative Europe.
Expected effects and impacts
Support will be provided to about 30 networks’ projects covering the widest possible array of cultural and creative sectors. These projects shall cover the diversity of stakeholders and actors and ensure the effective implementation of the priorities and themes of this call for proposals.
From a policy point of view, it is expected that the selected networks will “collectively” contribute to shape cultural policies in Europe and generate the knowledge required to define and implement effective cultural policies in line with the themes and priorities of this call for proposals.
By working together, the selected proposals should strive to build a “network of networks” that can have a structuring effect on Europe’s cultural and creative sectors (CCS).
This structuring effect should be tangible for the network members and/or for the CCS at large and should be proportionate to the available funds allocated under this call.
While respecting merit based on the evaluation of the award criteria, the evaluation committee will ensure that the portfolio of projects selected is diverse and respects a balance both geographically and between cultural and creative sectors.
Proposals should include suitable activities for the reinforcement of the capacities of organisations and professionals active in the creative and cultural sectors. These activities have to be specifically designed to tackle the chosen priorities of the call in an effective way. Activities should include an adequate mix of networking, training or advice to professionals, representing the interest of the sectors on these issues and providing policy analysis or policy developments.
These activities should be formulated within a solid strategic framework and be structured in work packages. Each work package should correspond to one of the call priorities to establish a clear link between the project activities of the work package and the relevant call priority.
Activities should take into account the needs of the network members and facilitate members’ participation throughout the entire project. In order to maximise impact, proposals should also create synergies and foster dialogue, cooperation or exchanges through for instance joint activities with other networks.
Regions / countries for funding
Albania (Shqipëria), Armenia (Հայաստան), Bosnia and Herzegovina (Bosna i Hercegovina / Босна и Херцеговина), Georgia (საქართველო), Island (Ísland), Kosovo (Kosova/Kosovë / Косово), Liechtenstein, Montenegro (Црна Гора), North Macedonia (Северна Македонија), Norway (Norge), Serbia (Srbija/Сpбија), Tunisia (تونس /Tūnis), Türkiye, Ukraine (Україна)
Education and training institution, International organization, Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) / Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Other, Private institution, incl. private company (private for profit), Public Body (national, regional and local; incl. EGTCs), Research Institution incl. University, Small and medium-sized enterprise (SME)
In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:
- be legal entities (public or private bodies)
- be established in one of the eligible countries i.e.:
- Creative Europe Participating Countries:
- EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories)
- non-EU countries (listed EEA countries and countries associated to the Creative EuropeProgramme or countries which are in ongoing negotiations for an association agreement and where the agreement enters into force before grant signature - list of participating countries)
- Creative Europe Participating Countries:
Natural persons are NOT eligible (with the exception of self-employed persons, i.e. sole traders, where the company does not have legal personality separate from that of the natural person.
International organisations — International organisations are eligible. The rules on eligible countries do not apply to them.
Entities which do not have legal personality under their national law may exceptionally participate, provided that their representatives have the capacity to undertake legal obligations on their behalf, and offer guarantees for the protection of the EU financial interests equivalent to that offered by legal persons.
EU bodies — EU bodies (with the exception of the European Commission Joint Research Centre) can NOT be part of the consortium.
Entities composed of members may participate as ‘sole beneficiaries’ or ‘beneficiaries without legal personality’ . Please note that if the action will be implemented by the members, they should also participate (either as beneficiaries or as affiliated entities, otherwise their costs will NOT be eligible).
The host organisations of Creative Europe Desks are eligible as coordinator or beneficiary in open calls, if they have procedures to segregate the project management and the information provision functions and if they are able to demonstrate cost separation (i.e., that their project grants do not cover any costs which are covered by their other grant). This requires the following:
- use of analytical accounting which allows for a cost accounting management with cost allocation keys and cost accounting codes AND application of these keys and codes to identify and separate the costs (i.e., to allocate them to either one of the two grants)
- recording of all real costs incurred for the activities that are covered by the two grants (including the indirect costs)
- allocation of the costs in a way that leads to a fair, objective and realistic result.
Beneficiaries from countries with ongoing negotiations (see list above) may participate in the call and can sign grants if the negotiations are concluded before grant signature (with retroactive effect, if provided in the agreement).
other eligibility criteria
Only applications by single applicants are allowed (single beneficiaries).
Financial support to third parties is allowed for grants and prizes in projects which:
- actively engage network members in the delivery of the work programme by delegating them the implementation of some of the foreseen activities (in the form of a funding grant) in a way that would help build the coownership of the proposed programme by the network members
- actively engage with non-member organisations in the implementation of specific activities or tasks delegated to them (re-granting) with the aim to scale-up the scope and reach of the network and build strategic partnerships that would fit within the priorities of the call.
Your project application must clearly specify why financial support to third parties is needed, how it will be managed and provide a list of the different types of activities for which a third party may receive financial support. The proposal must also clearly describe the results to be obtained.
Relevance for EU Macro-Region
EUSAIR - EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region, EUSALP - EU Strategy for the Alpine Space, EUSBSR - EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, EUSDR - EU Strategy for the Danube Region
UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs)
Proposal page limits and layout:
- Part A to be filled in directly online (administrative information, summarised budget, call-specific questions, etc.)
- Part B to be downloaded from the Portal submission system, completed and re-uploaded as a PDF in the system
- Part C to be filled in directly online (containing additional project data)
mandatory annexes and supporting documents (to be uploaded):
- detailed budget table/calculator
- list of previous projects (key projects for the last 4 years)
- a List of members
Page limit - part B: 70 pages
The grant will be a lump sum grant.