EU supported activities
By Kamma Siegumfeldt
The Creative Europe Programme offers many possibilities for organisations that want to do a cross-border project.
Getting support from an EU scheme can create possibilities for you and your partners’ ideas to flourish and develop to a level rarely possible with national or private funding. Plus you are guaranteed to get new knowledge about your fellow Europeans (and in some cases also non-Europeans) when you collaborate closely on an international project. However be aware that you and your partners need to provide “self-financing”.
Designing a project that could be eligible for support from the Creative Europe programme is quite a mouthful. Depending on the strand, at least three partner organisations from three different countries is needed to form a project. A private person cannot be a partner.
The role of the lead partner is more demanding than “just” being a partner, as the lead partner is responsible for the budget as well as for all reporting to EU. It takes a stabile organisation with a proven healthy economy to be a lead partner.
All EU countries have national Creative Europe Desks with employees that can advice you on the various strands, the requirements and deadlines. The Creative Europe Desks also do info meetings and hands-on workshops for people who are considering or have decided to do a Creative Europe application.
What to be aware of:
Allocate a lot of time for project planning. International project design is communication with people of different languages, cultures, time zones, politics, economics and overall circumstances, – you need to be flexible and take time to get to know each other and align your ideas about the project you want to do.
Don’t be too many partners. Six partners is fine, – the more partners, the more complicated it is to get all the activities to run as planned.
Allocate some money for the planning and application writing period. You will among other things need to travel to have meetings with your future project partners.
Ask your Creative Europe Desk people for advice, – they also know about other EU programmes that might be relevant for your project.
EXAMPLES OF EU SUPPORTED PROJECTS WITH DANISH PARTICIPATION
Caravan project lead partner Odin Teatret
Push – Aaben Dans is a partner
keðja – Dansehallerne was lead partner
Meeting the Odysséy – Asterions Hus was a partner
In-situ network – KIT, Copenhagen International Theatre is a partner
We come from far away – Odsherred Teater is a partner
Contact Zones – Danig Performing Arts Service is a partner
CREATIVE EUROPE SUPPORTED PLATFORMS WITH DANISH PARTICIPATION
Fedora – Den Jyske Opera is a partner
Aerowaves – Dansehallerne an Bora-Bora are partners