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European Networks of Cultural and Creative Organisations


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The Ark Big Bang Festival; Stomptown Brass, perform with Margot Troup.
The Ark Big Bang Festival; Stomptown Brass, perform with Margot Troup.

European Networks of Cultural and Creative Organisations call has been published and will open for applications on 23rd November 2023.

This action aims to enhance the capacities of European cultural and creative sectors to face common challenges and nurture talents, innovate, and generate jobs and growth.

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  • This action will support projects implemented by highly representative, multi-country, membership-based networks of European cultural organisations, which cover a wide range of Creative Europe participating countries. Networks must have a shared mission, governance rules, and members' rights and obligations, as formally specified (in "statutes" or equivalent) and agreed upon by its members.
  • Networks should be composed of a coordinating entity and its members.
  • European networks exclusively covering the audiovisual sector are not eligible for funding under this action.
  • Proposals should consistently demonstrate the applicants’ potential to be reliable policy networks in their field(s) of operation. For this, proposals should meet the following themes and priorities and be structured around work packages.
  • Call Priorities: funding proposals should address the following specific call priorities:
    • Artists and cultural professionals: empowering the cultural and creative sectors.
    • Culture for the people: enhancing cultural participation and the role of culture in society
    • Culture for the planet: unleashing the power of culture
    • Culture for co-creative partnerships: strengthening the cultural dimension of EU external relations
    • Culture for digital transformation: help the European cultural and creative sectors to fully take advantage of new technologies to enhance their competitiveness
  • When addressing the specific priorities mentioned above, proposals should seek synergies with ongoing EU-funded activities and elaborate on previous and ongoing efforts such as:
    • The implementation of the current Work Plan for Culture, as explained in the priorities section above
    • The results of the EU cooperation with the Member States through the Open Method of Cooperation (OMC)
    • Voices Of Culture (the structured dialogue between the cultural and creative sectors in the European Union and the European Commission)
    • The Knowledge and Innovation Community of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology on Culture and Creativity, aiming to transform Europe’s Cultural & Creative Sectors and Industries
    • All proposals should present a substantiated strategy and concrete details on how to implement one or more of the above priorities.
  • Proposals should take into account the programme’s cross-cutting issues of inclusion and diversity, notably gender balance, and greening of Creative Europe.

  • The estimated total available call budget is €39,700,000 for 2024-2027.
  • These funds will be committed through multiannual commitments with annual instalments for the period 2024-2027 (four years), subject to available budget appropriations, the first of which would be of €9,925,000 as per AWP 2024.
  • Project budget (maximum grant amount): €1,200,000 in total over the 4-year duration of the project. The grant awarded may be lower than the amount requested.
  • The grant will be a lump sum grant. This means that it will reimburse a fixed amount, based on a lump sum or financing not linked to costs. The amount will be fixed by the granting authority on the basis of the estimated project budget and a funding rate of 80%.

  • Proposals should include suitable activities for the reinforcement of the capacities of organisations and professionals active in the creative and cultural sectors. These activities have to be specifically designed to tackle the chosen priorities of the call in an effective way.
  • Activities should include an adequate mix of networking, training or advice to professionals, representing the interest of the sectors on these issues and providing policy analysis or policy developments.
  • Activities should be formulated within a solid strategic framework and be structured in work packages. Each work package should correspond to one of the call priorities to establish a clear link between the project activities of the work package and the relevant call priority.
  • Activities should take into account the needs of the network members and facilitate members’ participation throughout the entire project. In order to maximise impact, proposals should also create synergies and foster dialogue, cooperation or exchanges through for instance joint activities with other networks.
  • Support will be provided to about 30 networks and their projects covering the widest possible array of cultural and creative sectors. These projects shall cover the diversity of stakeholders and actors and ensure the effective implementation of the priorities and themes of this call for proposals.
  • From a policy point of view, it is expected that the selected networks will collectively contribute to shape cultural policies in Europe and generate the knowledge required to define and implement effective cultural policies in line with the themes and priorities of this call for proposals.
  • By working together, the selected proposals should strive to build a 'network of networks' that can have a structuring effect on Europe’s cultural and creative sectors (CCS). This structuring effect should be tangible for the network members and/or for the CCS at large and should be proportionate to the available funds allocated under this call.
  • While respecting merit based on the evaluation of the award criteria, the evaluation committee will ensure that the portfolio of projects selected is diverse and respects a balance both geographically and between cultural and creative sectors.