What does this funding support?

This funding opportunity supports the delivery of cultural and creative transnational cooperation projects across any art form for a maximum duration of four years.

Two categories are available under this annual funding strand:

Category 1: Small Cooperation Projects

  • You would apply as a partnership of a minimum of 3 partner organisations from 3 different eligible countries;
  • You can apply for a grant of up to €200,000;
  • You can apply for up to 60% of the total project budget. Match funding is required. 

Category 2: Large Cooperation Projects

  • You would apply as a partnership of a minimum of 6 partners from 6 different eligible countries;
  • You can apply for a grant of up to €2 million;
  • You can apply for up to 50% of the total project budget. Match funding is required. 

There is an annual deadline for both categories.

Who is this funding for?

Creative, cultural and heritage organisations working across any art form, such as visual arts, dance, theatre, literature, performance, music, heritage, architecture, design, circus, festivals, craft and fashion. This includes higher education institutions, local authorities, social enterprises, charities and companies operating in the cultural and creative sectors.  

The applicants (the project leader and the partners) must be active in the cultural and creative sectors and be legally established in one of the countries participating in the Culture sub-programme of Creative Europe. Both the project leader and partners must be in a position to demonstrate their existence as a legal entity at the deadline for submission.  

Only the lead organisation needs to have been legally established for two years prior to the deadline.

Individuals may not apply for a grant. 

Full eligibility criteria is outlined in the guidelines.  

How much can you apply for?

Category 1
For Small Cooperation Projects, partners can apply for a grant of up to €200,000 (maximum of 60% of the total project budget). 

Category 2
For Large Cooperation Projects, partners can apply for a grant of up to €2 million (maximum of 50% of the total project budget).

These grants are shared between partners and the partnership decides how much is allocated to each organisation.

Match funding is required and the partners decide how much each organisation agrees to contribute. 

How can you apply?

The last annual deadline was 18 January 2018 at 11am GMT. The next deadine is expected towards the end of 2018. 

Here's how to prepare for the application process:

Which countries are eligible for Cooperation Projects?

Organisations from the following countries can apply:

  • 28 EU Member States
  • EEA / EFTA countries - Norway and Iceland (not Switzerland)
  • Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Former Yugoslav, Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Republic of Serbia, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine
  • Tunisia is now eligible 
  • Turkey is no longer eligible
  • International (non-eligible country) partners can participate, but they are not included in the minimum number of partners required (3 for Small Cooperation Projects, 6 for Large) and they can only spend up to 30% of the total project budget.
  • Creative Europe Desk UK is advising UK organisations to continue to apply as usual. 

Look at an up-to-date list of eligible countries

How often are the deadlines?

There is an annual call for proposals for Cooperation Projects and the next deadline is expected towards the end of 2018.

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How can I shape future funding opportunities?

If you have a view on what future opportunities like this should look like, respond to the public consultation on EU funding by 8 March 2018.