Double call for proposals issued under Eastern Partnership Culture and Investing in People programmes for Strengthening capacities in the cultural sector


The European Commission has published a Call for Proposals providing €15.4 million for Strengthening capacities in the cultural sector (reference: EuropeAid/129338/C/ACT/Multi), issued jointly under the European Commission’s ‘Investing in People’ programme and the ENPI Eastern Partnership Culture Programme.
The overall objective of this call for proposals is to contribute to the creation of a political, regulatory, institutional and economic environment conducive to the strengthening of the cultural sectors and their actors as a vector for sustainable economic, social and human development
The call targets governance at regional, national and local level focusing on aspects related to the role, management, structure, operating modes and representativeness of professional associations and groups, networks of cultural actors and civil society organisations active in the area of culture and its sectors.
The call for proposals is divided into two lots – Lot 1: 'Investing in People' and Lot 2: Eastern Partnership Culture Programme with the same overall objective but some different specific objectives and different geographic dimensions.
Lot 1 Actions must take place in at least two of the Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI) eligible partner countries or territories listed here.
Lot 2 Actions must take place in at least two of the following countries of the Eastern Partnership: Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Belarus.
Specific objectives
Applications must address at least one of the following specific objectives:
  •  strengthen capacities of public, semi-public and private actors involved in the governance and structuring of the cultural sectors, regarding the role and representativeness of professionals, entrepreneurs, artists and civil society organisations (Lot 1&2);
  • support participation of civil society in processes enhancing cultural governance at local, national, regional and interregional levels, promoting inclusive cultural policies in respect of cultural diversity and fostering access to culture for all (Lot 1);
  • contribute to creating adequate conditions for the development of cultural activities and cooperation in the context of regional integration and international networking (Lot 1&2);.
  • supporting awareness raising and cultural initiatives having a regional impact on sustainable economic and social development, democratization, and enhanced inter-cultural dialogue, promoting inclusive cultural policies in respect of cultural diversity and fostering access to culture for all (Lot 2);
  • strengthening regional links and dialogue within the region of the Eastern Partnership, and between the EU and countries of the Eastern Partnership in respect to cultural networks and actors (Lot 2).
Under neither lot must the organisation of cultural or artistic activities be the main objective of proposed actions. Nevertheless, some such activities may be included provided that they constitute a minor part of the action and contribute to the achievement of the specific objectives mentioned above.
The indicative financial envelope foreseen for this call for proposals is as follows:
Lot 1: 7 million
Lot 2: 8.4
Grants requested must fall between the following minimum and maximum amounts:
Lot 1: €250,000-€400,000
Lot 2: €400,000-€700,000
In order to be eligible for a grant, applicants must:
• be nationals of:
Lot 1 an eligible partner country or territory under the DCI instrument or of a country specified in the OECD/Development Assistance Committee list; or an European Economic Area (EEA) Member State; or an official EU candidate country.
Lot 2 a country of the Eastern Partnership; or an EEA Member State; or an eligible beneficiary country under the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance.
The planned total duration of an action may not be lower than 18 months nor exceed 36 months.
The deadline for the submission of Concept Notes is 19 November 2010 at 24:00 hrs (Brussels time). (ENPI Info Centre)
Call for proposals
Guidelines for applicants
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