Call for proposals — Culture. Implementation of the programme actions: multi-annual cooperation projects; cooperation measures; special action (third countries); and support for bodies active at European level in the field of culture CULTURE 2013 Closed!


The Culture Programme has been established to enhance the cultural area shared by Europeans, which is based on a common cultural heritage, through the development of cooperation activities among cultural operators from eligible countries, with a view to encouraging the emergence of European citizenship.

The Programme is aimed at three specific objectives:

  • promotion of the transnational mobility of people working in the cultural sector,
  • support for the transnational circulation of cultural and artistic works and products,
  • promotion of intercultural dialogue.

The Programme has a flexible, interdisciplinary approach and is focused on the needs expressed by cultural operators during the public consultations leading up to its design.


This call covers the following strands of the Culture Programme:

Support for cultural projects (strands 1.1, 1.2.1 and 1.3.5)

Cultural organisations are given support for projects to work together across borders and to create and implement cultural and artistic activities.

  • Strand 1.1: Multi-annual Cooperation Projects (lasting from three to five years)
  • Strand 1.2.1: Cooperation Projects (lasting up to 24 months)
  • Strand 1.3.5: Special Cooperation Projects with Third Countries (lasting up to 24 months)

Literary Translation Projects (lasting up to 24 months) (strand 1.2.2)

EU support for Literary Translation is aimed at enhancing knowledge of the literature and literary heritage of fellow Europeans by way of promoting the circulation of literary works between countries.

Support for European cultural festivals (lasting up to 12 months or partnerships of 3 years) (strand 1.3.6)

The aim of this strand is to support festivals having a European dimension and contributing to the general objectives of the Programme (i.e. mobility of professionals, circulation of works and intercultural dialogue).

Support for Organisations Active at European Level in the Field of Culture (strand 2) (operating grants lasting up to 12 months or partnerships of 3 years)

Cultural organisations working, or wanting to work, at European level in the field of culture can receive support for their operating costs.

Cooperation projects between organisations involved in cultural policy analysis (lasting up to 24 months) (strand  3.2)

This category seeks to support cooperation projects between private or public organisations (such as cultural departments of national, regional or local authorities, cultural observatories or foundations, university departments specialised in cultural affairs, professional organisations and networks) which have direct and practical experience in the analysis, evaluation, or impact assessment of cultural policies at local, regional, national and/or European levels.

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the call for proposals is:

  • 60,00 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 10 October 2012 - 9 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)
  • 07 November 2012 - 8 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)
  • 05 December 2012 - 8 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)
  • 06 February 2013 - 8 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)
  • 03 May 2013 - 8 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Call for proposals — Culture Programme (2007-2013) - 2013 (Legal base)

Organisations eligible to participate

Opened to the following bodies or institutes with legal status established in the covered areas:

  • Public authorities (all)

Covered areas

Bodies or institutes must have their registered legal seat in one of the countries taking part in the Programme which are:

  • European Union (EU)
  • European Economic Area (EEA)
  • European Free Trade Association (EFTA)
  • Candidate Countries
  • Third countries

Directorate-Generale responsible

Directorate-General for Education and Culture

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