Collaboration Grants 2013

The European Cultural Foundation initiates and supports cultural expression and interaction that empower people to realise a shared future in Europe. We enable voices that are too often unheard to be heard. We link inspirational people and ideas to cultural policy making both in local communities and on the European political stage.

The call for Collaboration Grants opens on 1 February 2013. Please read the updated guidelines (download the guidelines here) and access the link to apply at the end of the guidelines document. The deadline for submitting applications is 25 March 2013 at 17:00 (C.E.T.).

i. Partnership working methodology
• Cross-sectoral collaboration in Europe is the key phrase for this grant scheme.
Projects are selected first and foremost according to this aspect, which ECF needs
to see reflected in your entire application. This means that project partners must
be involved in all aspects of the project: working together on the planning, the
development and the realisation of the project. This also implies that all partners
must contribute financially to the project (note that in-kind contributions are also
ii. Focus and discipline
• The project should have a strong cultural objective and concrete outcome(s) that
can be evaluated. This could involve a variety of activities: the creation of artistic
work, media projects or cultural policy development, including capacity building
of cultural actors. Within this grant scheme, ECF considers the collaborative
creative process to be as important as the final outcome of the project.
• ECF’s Collaboration Grants do not support projects focusing on staging,
exhibiting or showcasing existing works, unless this is done in an innovative way.
For example, a project involving three orchestras rehearsing and performing an
existing classical piece is not eligible for this grant scheme. However, a project
consisting of research about the social impact of photography in a certain period
of time in a certain region of Europe, and the resulting touring exhibition (of
existing works) would be considered eligible. Following this rationale, festivals and
biennales are not eligible for this grant scheme either. However, ECF might
support a project that includes a festival as one of its components or a certain
activity (e.g. a workshop, a seminar, a conference) that takes place within the
framework of a festival or biennale.
• Participating artists and/or experts must be confirmed and communicated at the
time of the submission of the application. Projects that plan to issue an open call
for artists or experts will not be supported. Knowing who will be involved in the
project is important in order to be able to assess the (artistic) quality of your
• The project must be completed within 24 months of the contract being signed.
There are no requirements with regards to the minimum duration of the project,
as long as the timeframe is realistic.
• ECF can support up to 80% (maximum) of the project’s total budget. The lead
applicant and the partnering organisations are expected to contribute to the
project financially and to apply to other funders (ECF specifically welcomes the
involvement of private and local/national funding partners, as the foundation
believes this helps to embed the project within the local/national context). This
should be shown in the budget outline.
• ECF provides an average collaboration grant of Euro 15,000. The maximum grant
awarded is Euro 30,000. The grant is paid in two instalments: 70% at the beginning
of the project and the remaining balance on receipt of the final narrative and
financial reports.

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