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Cooperation Projects: Are you ready for the next round?

Cooperation Projects is an annual funding opportunity which supports cultural, creative and heritage organisations in the UK to work on partnership projects across European countries, which can be inter-disciplinary. The 2020 call opened 2 October 2019, with a deadline of 27 November 2019. 

Even with the uncertain Brexit situation, this is the time of year where arts, culture and heritage organisations from across Europe are starting their Cooperation Projects application. 

You should have a project in mind and a strong partnership ready to go. 31% of cross-border projects funded in 2018 had at least one UK partner. 

Be sure that you and your partners are in it for the longer haul, and meaningful partnership, and not (just) for the money. Partnerships based on mutual trust and shared values are the longest lasting ones as many UK organisations who have been involved in Creative Europe.

Two-time funding beneficiaries Prime Cut Productions from Belfast discuss what makes a successful partnership in this blog post, and Candoco Dance Company offer insights and advice on their project in an interview with General Manager Joanne Lyons. Other recently funded projects include ID: Babylon, which explores the experiences of teenagers across Europe, with partners from Slovenia, Italy, Germany and the UK.

What are the next steps?:


Take a look at the recently published 2019 Cooperation Projects results, with 32 organisations awarded Creative Europe funding. This included Artreach who will lead a large project, and both Artsadmin and Crafts Council are working on two small projects each.

Familiarise yourselves with what Cooperation Projects are about, and read through 2018's call and guidance. Explore funded projects on our website such as Shaking the Walls (Parrabbola) and Slate: Black. Arts. World. (Eclipse Theatre Company).

You can also watch inspiring case studies from successful beneficiaries on our YouTube channel, including NIE Theatre Company and Julie's Bicycle


Take a look at the Culture team's 5 top tips for applicants.


Have a look at what events we’re offering to support you, such as Cooperation Projects one-to-ones in NI and Wales, and Application Writing Workshops in Scotland and England. Check back soon as more free events are added in the coming weeks.


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Consider how involvement in a Cooperation Project could further your work, develop your organisation and provide long-lasting impact.


Have any questions? Get in touch with the Culture team.


Read the guidelines and apply for the European Cooperation Projects 2020 call on the EACEA website by 27 November 2019.

Image credit: Slate: Black. Arts. World. Eclipse Theatre Company Ltd, Cooperation Projects, England, 2018 Partners: Griot - Associacao Cultural, Portugal and Stichting De Meervaart, Netherlands