European Funding OpportunitiesThis presentation outlines general information on the current opportunities for fundingprojects, both in the Eurozone – by looking at project funding under the Cultureprogramme – and also briefly at the opportunities in Latin America which may berelevant to delegates from this region.The first mention of culture in an EU context was made in 1992 – the definition stressesthe importance of a European common cultural heritage and respect for national andregional diversity, and the importance of co-operation with other countries, includingthose outside the EU.The Culture programme 2007 to 2013 has a budget of €408m. Its three main objectivesare to encourage the trans-national mobility of people, the circulation of works andcultural and artistic projects, and intercultural dialogue (which was the focus of the 2008European Year of Intercultural Dialogue).The Culture programme offers three strands of support, the first strand being culturalactions and projects including work with third countries, and also special actions (e.g.Support for European Capitals of Culture). The second offers some support to keyEuropean organisations – networks, festivals, cultural “ambassadors” and some “policyplatforms”. The third strand supports a range of communication and research activities.Within the first strand, there are four sub-strands which provide support for projects: • Strand 1.1 supports multi-annual co-operation projects involving a minimum of 6 partners and lasting 3-5 years • Strand 1.2.1 supports co-operation projects involving a minimum of 3 partners and lasting 1-2 years • Strand 1.2.2 supports literary translation projects
• Strand 1.3 supports co-operation projects involving a minimum of 3 European partners plus one or more partners in a third country (the eligible third countries being nominated by the EC).The types of projects supported by the Culture programme include performances andexhibitions resulting from European cooperation between cultural operators or thoseprojects which encourage the mobility of artists, particularly when they are youngprofessionals. A particular focus is on training sessions for the exchange of knowledge,cultural and artistic actions, promoting intercultural dialogue and those projects initiatedby non audiovisual culture industries.Cultural areas covered by the funding include the visual arts (e.g. design, video art,architecture, etc); performing arts (for example theatre, dance, music, street theatreetc.) and cultural heritage (e.g. movable heritage, built heritage, non-material heritage,historical archives and libraries, archaeological heritage, underwater heritage, culturalsites and cultural landscapes).The strategic target of the programme is to strengthen European cultural cooperation bysupporting cultural actions that can demonstrate strengths in the following key targetareas: • the extent to which the project can generate real European added value • the relevance of the activities to the specific objectives of the programme • the extent to which the activities proposed are designed and can be carried out successfully with a high level of excellence • the quality of partnership between coordinator and co-organisers • the extent to which the results of activities proposed will be appropriately communicated and promoted • the extent to which the activities can generate a long lasting impact (sustainability)
The jury members will then award points in each of the above target areas in order toarrive at the projects that will be selected for support.This programme began on 1st January 2007. The latest Programme Guide wasannounced in June 2008 as a standard text which will now not change until the end ofthe programme at the end of 2013. Project deadlines are 1 October for co-operation andmulti-annual projects (strands 1.1 and 1.2.1), 1 February for literary translation projects,and 1 May for projects involving third countries. Depending on the strand, the selectionprocess will take from 3-6 months.In terms of partners required, the co-operation projects require a minimum of 3 partnersfrom 3 different countries – the co-operation projects with third countries also require 3European partners plus at least one partner from the third country. The multiannualprojects (lasting 3-5 years) require a minimum of 6 partners, from 6 different countries.Of these partners, one will take the role of lead organiser, and the others are known asco-organisers.What is meant by lead-organisers and co-organisers? Essentially a lead organiser hasthe responsibility of being the legal co-signatory for any contracts awarded by the EC.The lead partner carries out the overall coordinating role in the design andimplementation of the project. The co-organisers must come from one of the eligiblecountries and should also help generate some of the match funding via their ownresources, grants or other sources. They should obviously have a real and genuineinvolvement in the project design and implementation.There is also scope for “associate” partner organisations who have no formal role in theapplication, but who can participate in the activities. Associate partners can come fromthe eligible countries but can also come from other parts of the world as well. These areknown as “non eligible / third country” (NETC) partners. A maximum of 15% of theproject costs can be spent on the costs of their involvement in the project.There are a number of ways of finding partners, including via:
• The many European cultural networks, listed at http://network.culture.info. • The various Cultural Contact Points / Technical Assistance Offices, listed at http://ccp.culture.info • Key networks and organisations in specific EU countries – these can be accessed via http://europe.culture.info • Partner search databases – there are links to these from www.culturefund.eu – and EUCLID also operates a partners Bulletin Board: http://partners.culture.info • European officers within local authorities • The Brussels offices of UK regions and cities (listed at http://ukbo.culture.info) • EC organised meetings.For organisations looking for funding, the following issues are key for considerationwhile assessing the strength of the application, and before completing the form: • Is it European? • Is it culturally strong & significant? • Is it unique / new / different? • Is it a matter of presentation?Results are what count. • For whom is the impact beneficial? • It must be stressed that the cultural impact is significant. • Must involve a strong partnership between countries • How does it link to broader EU goals and targets?
Looking at the key issues with partnerships: these should be strong between thecountries and reflect the commitment of the project to be European. The partnershipshould be clear in its structure and therefore clear in the role of each partner, whoshould bring new and different strengths to the project, while enabling each partner tohave a rough equivalent role. It is important to stress that although the lead partner hasmore responsibility to help reach the project aims and objectives, there must be ademonstration of collective ownership. Communication is vital between the partnersand this is also reflected in the application and the communication with supportingbodies like the culture partners.With regard to the financial aspects, the EC will contribute a maximum of 50%. For 1-2year projects this amounts to between €50K and €200K overall, and up to €500K perannum for 3-5 year projects.It is in the applicants’ interest to be as accurate as possible at all sections of theapplication. Projects cannot make a profit or surplus, and costs must be incurred duringthe lifetime of the project. This can include a maximum 7% of "indirect" costs (i.e.overheads). As mentioned earlier, activities in non-eligible third countries (NETCs) orthe involvement of individuals from NETCs can be covered up to a maximum of a 15%.There can be a period of insecurity from the deadline until the notification of success orotherwise - during this period it is important to try and avoid any financial risk by notagreeing to any commitments until the results are announced – especially for the leadorganiser who is the legal signatory. Payments to partners (amounts and dates) shouldbe agreed with all partners and any plan should take into account the fact that the finalpayment will come late – only after the final reports (including financial reports) havebeen received and accepted by the Commission.It is clearly stated that contributions in kind are excluded, however the costs of staffseconded to the project are eligible, provided that the costs correspond to actualsalaries and statutory costs; that there is a revised job description and that the salaryrecords clearly show the split between real jobs and project work. It is not allowed to
record free donations as “in kind” contributions – rather cash must be seen to flow withreal invoices being received and paid and real cash being received as donations orsponsorship. Note that all other income does not have to be finally confirmed at thetime of the application, though it will need to be before the contract is signed and theproject can start. It is also suggested that extra materials and other "supportingdocumentation" (e.g. letters of endorsement from locally important people – mayors,MEPs, etc.) be included with the application.The official Cultural Contact Point in the lead/co-lead country is available as often as isneeded to take questions and queries. It is advised to do this before filling theapplication.There are additional EU funding opportunities in ‘all developing countries’ - For theperiod 2007-2013 the thematic programme Investing in People contains a financialenvelope of € 50 million to support cultural actions. The focus for the programme is thesupport of activities that supplement EC supported geographic cooperation and thatfocus on existing country and regional programmes within third countries.This thematic programme aims are reduction of poverty and for the improvement ofsocial cohesion. It supports activities under four pillars: 1. good health for all; 2.education, knowledge and skills; 3. gender equality; and 4.other aspects of human andsocial development (employment and social cohesion, children, youth and culture). Thelast of these pillars is relevant to the cultural sector and includes activities to protectcultural diversity.A recent announcement of two national programmes for Latin America for theprogramming period 2009-13. The first of these concerns the social impact ofInformation and Communication Technology - partial financing available from the EU ofa total of €31m for ICT programmes.
The second national programme for Latin America is Erasmus Mundus 2009-2013 (totalfinancing of over €950 million), a cooperation and mobility programme in the field ofhigher education providing support to cultural exchange and those projects aiming atenhancing the attractiveness, profile, visibility and image of European higher educationworldwide.The EU External Assistance programmes include the Latin America region. Europeaid(http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/index_en.htm) hosts a list of current calls for proposalsand procurement notices. Further information on external assistance and its relation toculture is available here: http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/what/human-social-development/culture/index_en.htmEUCLID as UK Cultural Contact Point offers free advice and electronic resources andprovides regularly updated information regarding all aspects of the Culture programme.The free electronic newsletter Alert! provides updated information on deadlines andannouncements for EU funding programmes – anyone can register for this via theEUCLID website – www.euclid.info – and deadlines are also listed onhttp://deadline.culture.info.Presented by Michael Roach – 12/12/2008