Euclid is pleased to announce http://creative.partners, a new website which provides a FREE platform for arts & culture organisations to list themselves as looking for partners, or to search for partners. The service is not limited to Europe, though it does allow listings to indicate if they are searching for partners for specific EU funding programmes, including Creative Europe, Erasmus+, Europe for Citizens, Horizon 2020, Life+ and Interreg A/B.
Add your organisation or project ideas now!
The website includes a map – see screenshot above – which provides an artform coded pin for every entry. There are already over 30 listings, from Croatia, Cyprus, Norway, Poland, Spain and the UK, and it is expected this will increase significantly across Europe and beyond.
Searching the database or adding a listing are quite straightforward – you can access simple instructions via the Help/FAQs tab in the top menu on the website. Adding a listing is a 2-step process – first you register, and then you can add one or more listings – with up to 5 images, a video clip and 2 attachments for each listing.
Initial feedback on Creative.Partners is very positive, and we are very excited that it will become a valuable platform to help partnerships develop. Creative.Partners will also be promoted at the European Culture Forum in Brussels next week!
Some EU funds are easy…
(well, perhaps easier than Creative Europe…)
There are EU programmes where the application process is easier than you might expect – for example, much looser requirements for match funding, and no requirement for detailed budgets. These programmes are Erasmus+ and Europe for Citizens – and both have deadlines in February-April 2016. Erasmus+ focuses on education, training and young people (aged 13-30) and provides small-scale mobility grants alongside project grants. Europe for Citizens also provides mobility and project grants, and is focused on European goals of tolerance and understanding, and on stimulating participation in the democratic process in the European context.
The UK will be having a referendum on EU membership before the end of 2017. Europe for Citizens also provides a specific opportunity to undertake projects which would seek to more actively engage citizens in discussion and debate around the pros and cons of EU membership. The March 2016 deadline for this programme is really the only opportunity to submit an application focusing on this area.
To help you understand these programmes, and to help you develop potential applications, Euclid is running 5 afternoon workshops in England from 18-28 January 2016:
• 18 January – London (FreeWord Centre, EC1R 3GA)
• 20 January – Manchester (Arts Council England, M1 1FN)
• 21 January – Bristol (Colston Hall, BS1 5AR)
• 25 January – Leeds (West Yorkshire Playhouse, LS2 7UP) – please note this date was previously listed as 26 January
• 28 January – Birmingham (CBSO Centre, B1 2LF)
These workshops will be presented by Geoffrey Brown and Giles Agis. Geoffrey Brown is Director of Euclid, and is the UK’s leading independent expert for EU funding for arts and culture – and Euclid was the official UK Contact Point for the Europe for Citizens programme from 2007-8. Giles Agis is Director of Brouhaha International, one of the most successful UK applicants for EU funding, especially to the 4 Creative Europe and Erasmus+ programmes and their predecessors – Brouhaha has received more than 60 EU grants in the last 10 years.
All workshops will run from 2pm to 4.30pm, with registration and refreshments from 1.30pm.
NOTE: due to the fact that the deadline for one of the Erasmus+ strands is now 2 February, there will be a FREE extra webinar in December for all those booking for one of these workshops which will focus on this earlier deadline.
The delegate fee for these workshops is £70 – and just £30 for Connexus members. Connexus membership is £25 per annum, and you can join at www.culture.info.