Support for European Cooperation Projects

This strand of funding is to support transnational projects involving collaboration between organisations from different eligible countries.

Category 1 – Smaller scale cooperation projects

Involves a minimum of three partners (a project leader and two other partners) from three eligible countries.

Applicants can apply for up to EUR 200,000 which should represent a maximum of 60% of the eligible costs, 40% match funding must be sourced by the project partners.

Category 2 – Larger scale cooperation projects

Involves a minimum of six partners (a project leader and at least five other partners) from six different eligible countries.

Applicants can apply for up to EUR 2million which should represent a maximum of 50% of the eligible costs, 50% match funding must be sourced by the project partners.

For both categories of projects, the maximum duration (eligibility period) is 48 months.

The programme priorities of the European cooperation projects strand are to support:

  • transnational mobility of artists and professionals as well as transnational circulation and promotion of cultural and creative works;
  • audience development;
  • capacity building (digitisation, new business models, training and education).

CATEGORY 3 - COOPERATION PROJECTS RELATED TO THE 2018 EUROPEAN YEAR OF CULTURAL HERITAGE

2108 has been designated as the EU Year of Cultural Heritage. In recognition of this the European Commission has introduced a third category under its Cooperation Projects Strand called Cooperation projects related to the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage.

This funding opportunity supports transnational Cooperation Projects that reflect the purpose of the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage which is to “encourage the sharing and appreciation of Europe’s cultural heritage as a shared resource, to raise awareness of common history and values, and to reinforce a sense of belonging to a common European space. Projects under this strand should aim at:

  • Reinforcing a sense of belonging to a common European space
  • Promoting cultural heritage as a source of inspiration for artistic contemporary

Projects are encouraged to consider within their timeline highly visible activities in their first year to mark the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage.
Projects under this strand must have a minimum of 3 partners from 3 eligible countries with a maximum grant available of €200,000, which can cover up to a maximum of 60% of the eligible budget. 

It is important to note that selected projects should be ready to commence promptly after the award of funding and deliver results within the 2018-2020 period, while aiming at creating an enduring impact beyond the lifetime of the project.  
It is also stipulated that "(...)Projects are encouraged to consider within their timeline highly visible activities in their first year to mark the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage."

how to apply and further information

If you are preparing an application for Support for European Cooperation Projects there are resources and information that you can use to help you prepare.

  • You can download a copy of the guidelines here.
  • You will find all the guidelines and documents reated to the call for cooperation projects here.
  • Contact us at cedculture@artscouncil.ie to discuss your idea and to get further information and advice.
  • Attend our application workshop and other information events which are advertised in our newsletter (sign up to our mailing list here). We are planning on holding the workshop in Dublin on 23 November 2017.
  • See our FAQ section for more information on Cooperation projects.

next deadline 

There is an annual call for proposals for Cooperation Projects (categories 1 and 2) and the next deadline is 18 January 2018 at 11am GMT. 

22 November 2017 is the deadline for Cooperation Projects related to the European Year of Cultural Heritage (category 3). 

The call, guidelines, forms and further details for the upcoming call are published here.

See here for all upcoming deadlines.