PRE-ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE SMALL GRANT SCHEME CALL ON THE SUPPORT OF PROJECTS ON CONTEMPORARY ART AND CULTURE

22.05.2019

INFORMATION ABOUT THE PLANED ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE SMALL GRANT SCHEME CALL ON THE SUPPORT OF PROJECTS ON CONTEMPORARY ART AND CULTURE (EEA GRANTS 2014-2021)

CALL NUMBER: CLT02
CALL LAUNCHING: JUNE 2019
CALL CLOSURE: OCTOBER 2019
CALL ALLOCATION: €1,500,000

 

The call will be launched by the Programme Operator – the Government Office of the Slovak Republic 

The objective of the call CLT02 is to find projects on capacity development of cultural players and audience development addressing contemporary art and culture, as well as the promotion of bilateral exchange of contemporary art activities.

Project grant: EUR 50,000 – EUR 200,000

Eligible applicants: Any entity, public or private, commercial or non-commercial and non-governmental organisations, established as a legal person in Slovakia, whose principal activity is in the cultural and creative sectors as defined in Regulation (EU) No 1295/2013[1] of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing the Creative Europe Programme (2014-2020), provided that the applicant has at least one mandatory partner. Natural persons are not eligible. 

Mandatory partner: Any public or private entity, commercial or non-commercial, as well as non-governmental organisations established as a legal person in one of the Donor States and whose principal activity is in the cultural and creative sectors as defined in Regulation (EU) No 1295/20131 of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing the Creative Europe Programme (2014-2020).

Natural persons are not eligible.

Other partner: Any public or private entity, commercial or non-commercial, as well as non-governmental organisations established as a legal person either in the Donor States or in the Beneficiary States, or any international organisation or body or agency thereof. Natural persons are not eligible.

Co-financing conditions:             

  • for state sector entities, cofinancing is not required,
  • at least 5% for all other public sector entities, incl. regional and local selfgovernments and institutions and agencies thereof,
  • at least 10% for nongovernmental organisations[2] and social partners[3][4],
  • at least 20% for private sector entities, churches and other entities.

Financing: payments of the project grant shall take the form of advance payments, interim payments and a final payment. The level of advance payment to projects shall be set out in the project contract.

Expected date of the project contracts signature: the expected date of the first signed project contracts will be September 2019.

Further conditions:

  1. The mandatory attachments to the Project Application are the Budget and the Letter of Intent or draft Partnership Agreement with the mandatory partner.
  2. This call is not intended for infrastructure (hard measures)[5].
  3. Projects shall be implemented in line with applicable state aid rules.

Project grant can be used for the following cultural purposes and activities:

(a) activities of artistic and cultural centres or spaces, theatres, cinemas, opera houses, concert halls, other live performance organisations, film heritage institutions and other similar artistic and cultural infrastructures, organisations and institutions;

(b) art or cultural events and performances, festivals, exhibitions and other similar cultural activities;

(c) cultural and artistic education activities as well as promotion of the understanding of the importance of protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions through educational and greater public awareness programs, including with the use of new technologies;

(d) writing, editing, production, distribution, digitisation and publishing of music and literature, including translations.

In addition, and if necessary for the achievement of the objectives of the project, other activities might be considered eligible and funded under the de minimis aid rules.

Priority shall be given to:

  • Projects with a strong focus on the informative and unbiased function of arts, e.g. on topics such as the promotion of human rights, gender equality, social reconciliation, history of cultural monuments, the terrors of Holocaust, the history of minorities  and others
  • Projects targeting audience in the less developed, distant and/or otherwise disadvantaged geographical areas and communities
  • Projects targeting various target groups (e.g. young people as well as seniors)
  • Project contributing to equality and integration of disadvantaged groups (mainly the Roma, and other social, ethnical and cultural minorities)
  • Projects with more than one partner from the Donors States (Norway, Iceland and/or Liechtenstein)
  • Projects combatting current social challenges, such as radicalism, extremism and hate speech
  • Projects that aims on establishing residential arts centre/programmes
  • Projects that aim on the audience development and cultural management.

Eligible expenditures: Except for the so-called “excluded expenditures” listed in Article 8.7 of the Regulation on the Implementation of the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism 2014-2021 („the Regulation“), all types of expenditures can be eligible, provided that they meet the conditions listed in this Call and in Article 8.2, 8.3 and 8.5 of the regulation.

Launch of the Open call for bilateral relations for establishing and development of the partnership for the call CLT02 is planned to the end of May 2019. The objective of this call will be the support of visits and meetings of applicants from Slovakia with their potential partners from Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. These activities can be funded under the Programme Bilateral Fund, which will provide small grants up to 5 000 EUR, covering mainly the related travel costs.


[1] OJ L 347, 20.12.2013

[2] For the purposes of the call “Non-governmental organization” (hereinafter referred to as NGO) is defined as a non-profit organization established as a legal entity, having a non-commercial purpose, independent off local, regional and central government, public entities, political parties and commercial organizations. Religious institutions and political parties are not considered NGOs.

[3] For the purposes of the call “Social partners” are defined as representatives of employers´ organizations and trade unions.

[4] In this case, in-kind contribution in the form of voluntary work may constitute up to 50% of the co-financing

[5] For the purposes of the Programme the infrastructure (hard measures) are defined as any activities that require a building permit/a building announcement or purchase of buildings or estates.