Cooperation Projects



Call number:

EACEA 32/2019


27 Nov 2019, 4:00PM

The call was published on

2 Oct 2019

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. 

There is an annual deadline for both categories. The current call Support for European Cooperation Projects 2020 opened on 2 October 2019, and closes on 27 November 16:00 UK time.

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.

    NOTE: from 2020 the minimum number of eligible partners has been re-defined. Now only the minimum number of partners per category (i.e. 3 for Small and 6 for Large projects) must be cultural operators.

What are the priorities to address?

Full 2020 guidelines and priorities can be found on the EACEA websitePriorities will be updated here for the 2020 call as soon as possible; the below points are from the 2019 application guidelines.

Both small and large Cooperation Projects need to address the aims of the programme, and there is a choice of five priorities, of which you must choose at least one:
Transnational Mobility, Audience Development, Capacity Building, Intercultural dialogue and social integration of migrants and refugees, Legacy of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.

A. Promote the transnational mobility of artists and professionals with a view to enabling them to cooperate internationally and to internationalise their careers; 

B. Strengthen audience development as a means of improving access to European cultural and creative works and tangible and intangible cultural heritage and extend access to cultural works to children, young people, people with disabilities and underrepresented groups; 

C. Foster capacity building through innovative approaches to creation, develop and test new and innovative models of revenue, management and marketing for the cultural sectors, in particular as regards the digital shift, and developing new skills for cultural professionals; 

C1 Digitisation

C2 New business models

C3 Training and education

D. Enhance intercultural dialogue, promote shared EU values and mutual understanding and respect for other cultures, thereby contributing to the social integration of migrants and refugees; 

E. As a legacy to the 2018 European Year of Culture Heritage, raise awareness of common history and values, and reinforce a sense of belonging to a common European space.

These are all explained further in the call’s Guidelines [PDF].

NOTE: For 2020 we are expecting a call for projects with the Western Balkans to open soon and the same project cannot be submitted for both calls.

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 2020 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. 

The total available budget for the call is of EUR 48,444,567 (vs EUR 44,659,800 available for 2019)

How can you apply?

The deadline for the Supprt to European Cooperation Projects 2020 is Wednesday 27 November 2019 at 16:00 UK time.

Here's how to prepare for the application process. We recommend you also read our 8 step guide to applying on our blog. 

 NOTE: This year the 'Detailed description of the project' has been transferred from the e-Form to the annexe 

Which countries are eligible for Cooperation Projects?

Creative Europe Desk UK advises UK organisations to continue to apply as usual to the 2019 deadline (2020 call). See our Brexit guidance page for the latest updates. This will be updated if we receive any additonal information.

Organisations from the following countries can apply:

  • 28 EU Member States
  • EEA / EFTA countries - Norway and Iceland (not Switzerland)
  • Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Georgia,  Moldova, Montenegro, Republic of Serbia, Tunisia and Ukraine
  • 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. 

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. The current deadline is 27 November 2019 at 17:00 CET - 16:00 UK time. (The last deadline was 11 December 2018.)

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