One of the main objectives of the Creative Europe programme is to foster, safeguard and promote European cultural and linguistic diversity. At a time when Europe is receiving an extraordinary number of refugees, supporting EU Member States in tackling this situation is a key priority for the European Union. In November 2015, the Education, Youth, Culture and Sports Council of Ministers reaffirmed that intercultural dialogue through culture and the arts plays an important role in the integration of refugees so the European Commission revised its work programme for 2016 to include specific measures, such as this funding opportunity, in order to support the integration of refugees.
Please note that the budget is very limited for this specific funding opportunity and it is expected to be popular and therefore very competitive.
Who is this funding for?
The general objective of this new funding opportunity is to support cultural, audiovisual and cross-sector projects that aim to facilitate the integration of refugees into Europe. These projects should enhance mutual cultural understanding and foster intercultural and interreligious dialogue, tolerance and respect for other cultures.
The objectives of this call and these projects are to:
- help refugees socialise and express themselves without necessarily speaking the host country language
- be learning platforms in a wider sense, fostering respect and understanding for diversity, intercultural and civic competencies, democratic values and citizenship
- give EU citizens the opportunity to discover, learn from and understand the values and cultures of refugees and - in the process rediscover and enrich their own
- support the showcasing and co-creation of cultural and/or audiovisual works across Europe
- offer the possibility of collaboration with organisations in other sectors in order to stimulate a more comprehensive, rapid, effective and long-term response to this global challenge.
The results of the funded projects should be made widely available at local, regional, national and European levels, they should reach beyond the project participants and the project duration, and they should serve as best practice examples.
How much can you apply for?
The total budget earmarked for the co-financing of projects is estimated at €1.6 million so 8-12 projects from across Europe are expected to be funded.
A consortium of partners can apply for minimum grant of €100,000 and a maximum grant of €200,000, which would represent not more than 80% of the eligible costs.
The project should have a maximum duration of 24 months.
Deadline: 28 April 2016
Funding provided by the European Commission to support cultural, audiovisual and cross-sector projects that aim to facilitate the integration of refugees into Europe.
Deadline: 28 April 2016