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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

EU Culture Programme: Funding for collaborative projects between Europe andCanada

EU Culture Programme: Funding for collaborative projects between Europe andCanada

Deadline for submissions: May 2013

The EU Culture Programme is a fund set up and managed by the European Commission. It funds projects and initiatives that develop cross-border collaboration between cultural operators and organizations in at least three European countries. Each year, the program also offers funding for projects linking European countries to one or more countries outside of Europe (referred to as "third countries"). In 2013, the Programme has identified Canada or Australia as the "third countries."

Key features:

  • Applications must come from a consortium of organizations from at least three European countries, plus one or more from Canada.
  • Any type of organization can be a partner – small or large companies, co-operatives, charities, businesses, universities, municipalities, government departments, etc.
  • Almost any type of arts and culture project is eligible, but the program excludes projects that are solely focused on the media or audiovisual sectors, or focused solely on translation.
  • Grants of up to €200,000 may be awarded for projects lasting up to two years. This amount can be no more than 50% of the total project budget.
  • At least 50% of the project activities must happen in the "third country" (i.e. Canada).

Web links to help you access the Programme

  • Cultural Contact Points (CCPs) in Europe
    This links to a full list of the CCPs in 35 of the 37 eligible countries in Europe. A CCP is an organization designated by the European Commission to provide information about the program and to stimulate collaborations between organizations in their country and partners in other countries.
  • Three Step Guide [PDF]
  • Strands of the Programme
  • SPPACE: UK Projects (Database of UK partners that have been funded since 2007. Strand 1.3.5. indicates projects funded with "third countries.")

Canada Council information seminars

In January and February 2012, the Canada Council's Audience and Market Development Office hosted a number of seminars in Canada to provide:

  • general information on EU funding for arts and culture
  • specific information about the Culture Programme and funding for "third country" partnerships
  • tips on how to find and collaborate with European organizations

The seminars were presented by Geoffrey Brown, the director of EUCLID and a UK-based consultant who specializes in sharing European and international information. He oversees the website and the membership of Connexus.

Listen to the online seminar (length: 2 hours)
Download a slide presentation from the seminars [PDF]


We're interested in learning if you are planning to access this fund. Please email us, and while you're at it, let us know if this information has been useful, and what else we could do to help:

Kelly Langgard, Coordinator
Audience and Market Development Office
Canada Council for the Arts
350 Albert Street, P.O. Box 1047
Ottawa ON K1P 5V8
1-800-263-5588 (toll-free) or 613-566-4414, ext. 5272
TTY: 1-866-585-5559