EU AND US: GETTING TO KNOW EUROPE 2017-2019 - EuropeAid/154805/DD/ACT/US

The global objective of this call for proposals is to increase knowledge, understanding, and visibility of the EU and affinity for the EU-US relationship across a diverse array of local and regional communities in the United States.

The specific objective(s) of this call for proposals are:

  • through the medium of culture and intercultural dialogue, to actively foster greater appreciation of the value, relevance, and importance of the EU for the US and also nurture greater affinity for the EU-US transatlantic partnership;
  • to actively engage with a range of US audiences and regional communities around the country, particularly those in which the EU is little known, understood, and/or appreciated; and
  • to provide highly visible opportunities for the US to publicly and actively exhibit its support for the EU and the EU-US relationship.

The overall indicative amount made available under this call for proposals is EUR 1 million for 4 to 5 grants.

The initial planned duration of an action may not exceed 24 months, between 1 November 2017 and 31 October 2019.

The themes may relate, through the prism of culture and/or intercultural dialogue, to any aspect of the European Union (e.g. history, values, policies, institutions, or processes) and/or of EU-US relations. Activities may include events of a cultural nature or that celebrate relevant dates of significance (e.g. Europe Day/Week celebrations on or around May 9th). If any activities touch upon specific EU Member States, it must be explicitly in the context of their membership of the EU and include at least 3 Member States.

Actions must take place in the United States. Actions that cover a wider region of the United States, covering several US states, are strongly encouraged.

Types of action
The following types of action are eligible:

  • actions carried out across the US by institutions/organisations that facilitate public participation in activities listed below which will increase the visibility of the EU in the US, the US public's knowledge and understanding of the EU, and foster public affinity for the EU-US relationship;
  • actions carried out across the US by institutions/organisations which provide a visible public platform for prominent US supporters of the EU, officials from EU institutions, and representatives from EU Member States.

Types of activity which may be financed under this call:

  • Intercultural dialogue programmes of a non-academic (in both content and audience) nature, including inter alia conferences, seminars, workshops, webinars, or talks that may feature expert researchers, policymakers, business representatives and EU/EU Member State representatives (minimum of 3 EU Member States);
  • competitions (e.g. essays, quizzes, paintings, EU simulations), presentations, or exhibitions;
  • training programmes and briefing sessions for local and regional representatives or multiplier groups who wish to become public advocates for the EU, or creation and mobilisation of similar such networks;
  • cultural programs such as festivals, film screenings, concerts, exhibitions, performances, literary programs, mixed media, performance art, culinary demonstrations/fairs, or other interdisciplinary forms of cultural practices itinerating across different locations in the country;
  • public campaigns that may inter alia provide highly visible opportunities for US communities to publicly and actively demonstrate their support for the EU and the EU-US relationship and/or disseminate information about the EU and EU-US relations through radio/TV programs, videos, websites, digital media, publications, information booklets and brochures.

Applicant and co-applicant must be established in the USA in line with article 8.7 of the Common Implementing Regulation (CIR).

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