Top tips for Cooperation Projects applicants

Congratulations to the UK arts, culture and heritage organisation that submitted applications to the 2019 Cooperation Projects call.

This year’s application deadline was in a challenging context and it has been encouraging to see so much interest from UK organisations and their partnerships in making collaborative projects happen.

We expect the results for this call to be published in June 2019. In the meantime, here are some pointers from the Culture team at Creative Europe Desk UK.

5 top tips for Cooperation Projects applicants

1. Get in touch and tell us about your project. Even better, share your final application, or parts of it, if you can. It’s helpful for us to know what has been submitted as we don’t get these automatically. It won’t be seen by anyone outside of the Creative Europe Desk UK team unless you give permission, and helps us do a better job.

2. Keep in touch. We don’t hear about results before they’re made public so we’re keen to hear the good (or not so good) news when you get it. 

3. Keep an eye on your inbox (including your junk inbox), as you may be asked for ‘supplementary documents’ in the coming months for the Participant Portal. Make sure that you have received a confirmation email and reference number. If not, contact the helpdesk.

4. If you have any thoughts, comments and suggestions for improvements to the application process, it would be great to receive them. We can then feed these back to the Executive Agency (EACEA) and the European Commission. Additionally, if there are any suggestions or comments you’d like to make about Creative Europe Desk UK’s support, we’d like to use these to continue to improve our advice. Let us know

5. Feel like you didn’t get it quite right? If your project application is selected for funding, you can still make changes to the project if you make the case well. For example, if you want to move a workshop location or adjust the budget, you can still do that. 

What do I need to know about Brexit? 

We update our guidance regularly, so keep checking the Creative Europe and Brexit page for the latest information. 

In the case of no agreement being reached around Creative Europe, the UK Government has guaranteed to cover successful bids submitted by UK participants before the UK exits the EU, for the full duration of the projects. This was announced by the Chancellor in 2016 and more detailed information can be found in this technical notice

Current UK beneficiaries and applicants are being encouraged to register their projects here, and any queries about this form or the guarantee can also be sent to the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport at 

Please note: it is not currently clear whether UK-led applications can be selected after 29 March 2019, but we will update you as soon as possible.

Looking to the next call

If you're now looking to the 2020 Cooperation Projects call, remember we are here to help. We can help you develop you project, the partnership, and the ideas behind it. 

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Image: A production of Parrabbola's A Winter's Tale. Parrabbola is a partner in 2018 Cooperation Project Shaking the Walls, led by Poland's Gdanski Teatr Szekspirowski.