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Support to EU-Russia Cultural Cooperation Initiatives

Published 03.08.09

Support to projects planned for 2010-2011. Application deadline: 12 October 2009, 16.00 (Moscow time)

In 2007 the Delegation of the European Commission to Russia launched the first thematic call for proposals specifically focused on culture to support initiatives through partnerships among a wide range of local/regional authorities, non-governmental organisations, artistic universities and museums from Russia and from the EU Member States. In 2009 the European Commission continues its activities aimed at boosting cooperation with Russia in the cultural field and promoting innovative artistic and cultural projects with a European dimension.

Total budget of the Call: EURO 2 mln

Any grant awarded under this programme must fall between the following minimum and maximum amounts:

  1. minimum amount: 75,000 EUR
  2. maximum amount: 300,000 EUR

Priorities of the Call

The proposed action (project) should address at least one of the following priorities:

  1. Innovative and creative artistic projects between European and Russian cultural organisations (co-productions, festivals, exhibitions, etc.).
  2. Networking of Russian and European cultural institutions/operators resulting in practical, dynamic and sustainable partnerships (including increase of contacts, of exchange of information, experiences and good practices).
  3. Cultural mobility (of artists and artistic production), exchanges between artists and/or cultural institutions/operators from Russia and the European Union, with an aim to produce innovative artistic projects (including artists’ residence, trainings in international mobility, etc.).
  4. Cooperation between Russian and European museums in order to develop exchanges, to improve the attractiveness and public accessibility (including promotion of creative management, innovative approaches to exhibits and educational activities).

The planned duration of an action may not be lower than 8 months nor exceed 18 months. Proposed actions must take place in Russia. However, a very limited number of activities duly and fully justified by purposes of promoting intercultural dialogue and/or cooperation may take place in Member States of the European Union , or in EU Candidate Countries or in the countries of the European Economic Area. The themes can relate to all forms of cultural expression in a wider sense (visual art, dance, music, theatre, audiovisual, tangible and intangible cultural heritage, literature, architecture, designs, etc.).

Grant Applicants Must Meet the Following Criteria:

In order to be eligible for a grant, applicants must be legal entities and fall within the following categories:

They must be nationals of a Member State of the European Union or an EU Candidate Country (Croatia, Turkey and Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) or a member state of the European Economic Area (EU Member States plus Liechtenstein, Norway and Iceland) or the Russian Federation.

The Applicant and the Partner(s) must form a partnership consisting of:

The Partners must satisfy the same eligibility criteria as Applicants.

Criteria of Application

Applicants must apply in English. Questions may be sent by e-mail no later than 21 days before the deadline for the submission of concept notes. The address is delegation-russia-ibppcult@ec.europa.eu

The full Guidelines for Applicants are available for consultation at on the following Internet site: www.delrus.ec.europa.eu

Results of the call for Proposals 2008:

2008 Project Summaries

This announcement text represents extracts from information provided in the EC Delegation Guidelines to Applicants. All prospective applicants should read the Guidelines in full to assess eligibility and understand grant/call terms.

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