Cultural Cooperation Projects in the Western Balkans



Call number:

EACEA 39/2019


28 Apr 2020, 3:00PM

The call was published on

17 Dec 2019

What does this funding support?

Cultural Cooperation Projects in the Western Balkans supports “Strengthening cultural cooperation with and competiveness of cultural and creative industries in the Western Balkans” , for projects from EU27 member states and Western Balkans countries. 

What are the objectives of this call?

The overall objective of this Call is to foster reconciliation and good neighbourly relations in the Western Balkans through cultural cooperation and creation.

The specific objectives of this Call are:

  • to increase cultural cross-border cooperation within the Western Balkans region and the EU Member States;
  •  to strengthen the competitiveness of the cultural and creative industries in the region.

The supported projects therefore should benefit primarily the Western Balkans region.

In order to achieve the above-mentioned objectives, this Call focuses on the following priorities:

A. Increase the capacity of cultural and creative industries to operate transnationally and internationally

B. Increase transnational circulation of cultural and creative works and transnational mobility of cultural and creative players

C. Enhance inter-cultural dialogue between artists, cultural operators as well as the general public

A more detailed breakdown of these objectives can be found in the call guidelines [PDF]

How much can you apply for?

The total budget earmarked for the co-financing of projects is estimated at EUR 5,000,000.

The minimum grant amount per project will be EUR 100,000 and the maximum grant amount will be EUR 500,000. The grant amount requested may represent up to 85% of the total eligible costs of the project. The remaining amount shall be secured by the applicants.

The Agency expects to fund around 20 proposals

What are the eligibility criteria?

UK applicants: Please read the full eligibility criteria before applying as partners must be EU27 member states to be eligible. 

In order to be eligible, a proposal must be submitted by a partnership composed of at least 5 organisations (project leader and partners) from countries participating in the E Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance.

Project leader and partners must be established in the:

  •  EU Member States, which includes the UK
  • Western Balkan IPA II Beneficiaries: Republic of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, Republic of North Macedonia and Republic of Serbia.

The partnership must satisfy the following minimum requirements:

  •  at least 2 organisations (project leader and/or partners) established in at least 2 different Western Balkan IPA II beneficiaries
  • at least 2 organisations of the partnership

For UK applicants: Please be aware that eligibility criteria must be complied with for the entire duration of the grant. If the United Kingdom withdraws from the EU during the grantperiod without concluding an agreement with the EU ensuring in particular that British applicants continue to be eligible, you will cease to receive EU funding (while continuing where possible, to participate) or be required to leave the project on the basis of Article II.17.3.1(a) of the grant agreement.

How can you apply?

When is the deadline?

The deadline is 28/04/20 - 15:00 UK time/ 17:00 (CET/CEST, Brussels time)

Note: deadline has been extended to assist with applicants whose activities are affected by COVID-19

Call reference: EACEA 39/2019