Investing in People Programme - Strengthening capacities in the cultural sector
The programme supports projects in the area of human and social development for all partner countries and covers several domains, among them culture, which benefits from a fund allocation of EUR 50 million for the period 2007-2013.
Through this programme, the Commission is also promoting culture in new regions – outside the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries and the southern Mediterranean, where it has long been active Actions must take place in at least two of the Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI) eligible partner countries or territories listed here.
ENPI Eastern Partnership Culture Programme Actions must take place in at least two of the following countries of the Eastern Partnership: Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Belarus.
It aims at assisting the Partner Countries in their cultural policy reform at government level, as well as capacity building and improving professionalism of cultural operators in the Eastern ENP region.
It contributes to exchange of information and experience among cultural operators at a regional level and with the EU. The programme seeks to support regional initiatives which demonstrate positive cultural contributions to economic development, social inclusion, conflict resolution and intercultural dialogue.
This Eastern Partnership Culture Programme will provide both technical assistance, to address specific priority needs of public institutions and the region's cultural sector, and grants to civil society cultural organisations – profit and non-profit – and national and local institutions for regional cooperation projects.
The Programme will encompass the entire cultural sector, including cinema and the audiovisual sector, contemporary arts, tangible and intangible heritage, as well as support to heritage conservation projects.
The general objective of the Programme is to contribute to poverty reduction and sustainable development through the promotion of an enabling environment for creativity, cooperation and exchanges, independence and viability of the cultural sector in the ACP States, as well as the safeguarding of cultural diversity and fundamental cultural values.
Open to the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States signatories to the 10th European Development Fund (EDF), the European Union Member States and members of the European Economic Area among others. Following the first call for proposals, 20 projects were selected in different areas of the cultural and creative industries, including cinema, scenic arts, architecture, edition and music. The grants awarded amount to a total of € 8.3 million. See list of projects.
The second call for proposals was launched and is open for applications until 20 December 2012.
The funds made available amount to € 14.8 million, of which € 10 million for the cinema/audiovisual sector and € 4.8 million for other cultural and creative industries. The call objectives, eligibility criteria and other relevant information are published in the Guidelines for Applicants.
For more information about supported culture projects financed by DG Development and Cooperation, use this link .