EU Culture Programme: Funding for collaborative projects between Europe and Australia
ABOUT THE PROGRAMME
The EU Culture Programme funds projects and initiatives to develop cross-border collaborations between cultural operators and organisations. It aims to:
- promote cross-border mobility of those working in the cultural sector
- encourage the transnational circulation of cultural and artistic output
- foster intercultural dialogue.
The European Commission manages the fund. Each year, the programme also offers funding for projects connecting European countries to one or more countries outside of Europe (referred to as “third countries”). In 2013, the “third countries” are Australia and Canada.
- Most artform and cultural areas are eligible for support.
- Applications must come from a group of organisations from at least three European countries, plus one or more from Australia.
- Any type of organisation can be a partner – small or large companies, co-operatives, charities, businesses, universities, municipalities, government departments, institutions etc.
- At least 50% of the project activities must happen in the “third country” (i.e. Australia).
Submission deadline: 3 May 2013
Results announced: 31 August 2013
Project timeline: Projects must take place over a maximum of 24 months between 1 November 2013 and 31 October 2015.
- funding of between €50,000 and €200,000 per project
- support cannot exceed 50% of the total project budget
- the maximum total project budget is €400,000.
Public or private organisations in Australia whose main activity is in the arts or cultural sector may apply.
Applications must have at least three European partners (a lead organiser plus two co-organisers) in three different countries plus at least one partner (co-organiser) from the third country (Australia).
- the 27 member states of the EU
- three countries from the European Economic Area (Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein)
- countries which are working towards joining the EU.
Eligible artform and cultural areas
- visual arts, design, applied arts and architecture
- performing arts (including theatre, dance, music, opera, street theatre and circus)
- cultural heritage
- multimedia and new technologies
- interdisciplinary projects.
- bilateral exchanges
- capital expenditure and purchase of equipment
- activities taking place in only one country
- projects solely focused on the media or audiovisual sectors
- projects solely focused on translation.
HOW TO APPLY
For detailed information on the application process, download the programme guide.
EU Culture Programme
Cultural Contact Points (CCPs) in Europe
CCP’s are organisations in EU member states and most of the other countries involved in the programme. They promote the programme and exchange information between organisations in their country and partners in other countries.
EU Culture Programme – list of projects supported in 2011 (third country - Mexico).
Visiting Arts, a London-based organisation set up to strengthen intercultural understanding through the arts, is the UK’s CCP. Their Culture Fund website has detailed information on applying to the EU Culture Programme. Please see the links below for further information:
- A three step guide for arts and cultural organisations [PDF]
- Strands of the Programme
- SPPACE: UK Projects: a database of EU Culture Programme funded projects with UK partners since 2007. Strand 1.3.5. indicates projects funded with “third countries.”
Canada Council for the Arts
In January and February 2012, the Canada Council hosted a number of seminars in Canada to provide information on the EU Culture Programme.
Geoffrey Brown, the director of EUCLID and a UK-based consultant, presented the seminars. Geoffrey oversees the culture.info website and the membership of Connexus, an organisation to assist artists and cultural organisations to develop international connections.
You can listen to the online seminar or download the presentation from the seminars on the Canada Council’s website here.
CINARS, the Montréal-based International Exchange for the Performing Arts, has developed a guide to the EU Culture Programme, available to download here.
Street Arts and Circus
Circus and street artists and companies applying for EU funding should consult the Circostrada Network's 2012 guides:
- Circus and Street Arts: Encouraging European Cooperation Projects
- Circus and Street Arts: Professional Organisations in Europe
Performing arts companies considering applying to the fund may contact Sophie Travers, Project Director, IETM-Australia Council Collaboration Project for advice.
Project Director, IETM-Australia Council Collaboration Project