Helpful Tips for Your Co-operation Project Applications
03 October 2016

Helpful Tips for Your Co-operation Project Applications

If you missed our Co-operation Project Applications Workshop on 12th September, then here is a quick ‘cheat sheet’ summary of tips for your applications for this year, and for next year if you are planning ahead and doing your research.

In fact, it’s a great idea to begin a year in advance - never underestimate the work involved in preparing a project with other European partners!  

Most importantly, make sure to read the up-to-date application guidelines very carefully and discuss them with your organisational team and with potential partners.

1. Start your Creative Europe Co-operation project research AND your application early!!!

Have a look at the kind of projects that have been funded in previous years and look at the partnerships that worked well. Click here to see some previously funded projects with Irish partners and to download our Case Studies publication Across Borders Across the Board. Click here to access the full Creative Europe Results Platform.

2. Ask for our Help!

The Creative Europe Desk Ireland - Culture Office is here to assist you with your application and answer any queries you might have. Please contact Audrey Keane or Katie Lowry at

3. Don't introduce new projects just to attract EU funding!

Look at your long-term organisational plans and development to see if your current activities fit with the objectives of the funding scheme. Think about whether your organisation has the capacity to be involved as a partner in a project.

4. Research successful projects & assess European partners.

Carefully research and assess potential European partners – a minimum of 3 partners is required but ideally have more in case one has to opt out. Consider starting off as a partner rather than as a Lead Partner if this is your first application. We can help you find partners or you can register your project and search the project databases provided by several European CED Culture Offices. You can find more information on partner databases here. Make sure you have a very strong relationship with your prospective partners so that everyone is involved equally in planning the project. Also do try and meet your partners in person to brainstorm before you commit to the partnership.

5. Detail, detail, detail!!

This is the most important tip regarding applications for all schemes! Do your project idea justice by explaining it well and showing how it will fit in with the objectives of the scheme. Show how it will benefit your company, your audience, and all the partner countries overall and how its results might be shared to benefit the wider sector. EVERY activity in your application should be backed up with a methodology – ideally your application will provide you with the roadmap for your project.  

6. Show your Project Communication Strategy.

Developing a communication strategy for your project and partner network is vital and must be detailed in your application! You will lose points if you don’t show how you will reach audiences, how you will publicise your project and how any learning and results will be shared.

7. Co-operation Projects should: Be Transnational. Foster Audiences. Build capacity.

The quality of project partnership is an important factor - geographic diversity is important, choose complementary partners but avoid a ‘marriage of convenience.’ Show how your project will foster audiences as audience development is a priority for the Creative Europe programme. Explain how the project will build the capacity of your company either digitally, in your business, or through training and education.

8. Make sure to cost out all elements of your project as accurately as you can in your estimated budget. 

Include the costs of attending the ‘kick-off’ meeting in Brussels. Communication and dissemination is an important element of any project. Make sure it is resourced sufficiently in the estimated costs.

The deadline for Co-operation Projects is 23 November, 2016. Please do contact us if you need help or advice!