Call for proposals – Cultural entrepreneurship enhanced & larger audience developed

Opening date: April 15th 2019

Closing date: July 15th 2019, 23:59 hours

RO-CULTURE Programme is financed through the EEA Grants 2014-2021 and aims at strengthening social and economic development through cultural cooperation, cultural entrepreneurship and cultural heritage management.

This call for proposals will contribute to the achievement of Outcome 2 - Access to culture increased, Outputs 2.1 – Cultural entrepreneurship enhanced and 2.2 - Larger audience developed, as well as Bilateral Output 2 - International cultural cooperation in the field of contemporary arts supported.

At least 50% of the financial allocation for the present call will be granted to projects implemented in partnership with entities from the Donor States.

The total amount allocated to this call for projects is 2,500,000 Eur.

The eligible grant amount per project is between 50,000 Eur and 200,000 Eur, representing:

  • 100% of the total eligible costs of the project, for projects implemented by public cultural institutions, as beneficiaries of the de minimis aid.
  • 90% of the total eligible costs of the project, for projects implemented by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) or commercial enterprises/ cooperative enterprises, as beneficiaries of the de minimis aid.

Under this call for proposals, projects or activities fall under the provisions of the de minimis aid scheme approved by the Competition Council.

This call for proposals addresses exclusively to projects that contribute to the achievement of the following Programme indicators:

  • 90 jobs created;
  • 19,000 people attending cultural activities;
  • 10 SMEs supported;
  • 60 professional staff trained on the job (other than Roma);
  • 150 contemporary art activities supported;
  • 10 cultural heritage innovative approaches to audience development supported;
  • 5 productions related to social, ethnic and cultural minorities, other than Roma;
  • 15 projects involving cooperation in contemporary arts with a donor project partner.

The maximum number of activities/project amounts to 5.

The eligible applicants are:

  • public cultural institution (museum, theater, opera, operetta, philharmonic, library, archive, cultural center, etc.
  • non-governmental organization, established under the Law no. 21/1924 for legal persons (associations and foundations) or Government Ordinance no. 26/2000 regarding associations and foundations, entered in force by law no. 246/2005, as amended and supplemented, which cumulatively fulfills the following:
    • is an NGO as defined in Section 5 of the Applicant Guide;
    • was established at least 2 years ago (compared to the launching date of the call for proposals);
    • its activity, according to their legal documents, is inter alia, in the cultural and creative sectors, as defined in the EU Regulation no. 1295/2013;
    • can carry out the activities proposed by the project according to its statutory documents;
  • commercial enterprise established under Law no. 31/1990 on enterprises, republished, as amended and supplemented, OR cooperative enterprise established under Law no. 1/2005 on the organization and functioning of the cooperative enterprise (republished), which cumulatively fulfills the following conditions:
    • falls under the SME category (micro-enterprise, small enterprise or medium-sized enterprise, as defined in Recommendation 2003/361 / EC);
    • was established at least 2 years ago (compared to the launching date of the call for proposals);
    • its activity, according to statutory / articles of association documents, is inter alia, in the cultural and creative sectors as defined in the de minimis aid scheme;
    • the activity field(s) (NACE codes) targeted by the project is (are) registered in the scope of business of the enterprise (according to the certificate from the National Trade Register);
    • the activity field (s) (NACE codes) targeted by the project is / are authorized at the headquarter(s) representing the implementation project location(s).

The eligible project partners from Romania: any public or private, commercial or non-commercial entity, including non-governmental organizations, with legal personality, established as a legal person in Romania and whose activity, according to statutory/ articles of associations/ establishment documents, is, inter alia, in the cultural and creative sectors, as defined in the EU Regulation no. 1295/2013.

The eligible project partners from the Donor States: any public or private, commercial or non-commercial entity, as well as non-governmental organizations established as a legal person in one of the Donor States and whose main activity, according to statutory/ articles of associations/ establishment documents, is, inter alia, in the cultural and creative sectors, as defined in the EU Regulation no. 1295/2013.

The project duration is between 6 months and 24 months.

The call for proposals opens April 15th 2019.
The deadline for project submission is July 15th 2019, 23:59 hours.

De minimis scheme regarding Cultural entrepreneurship enhanced & Larger audience developed has been approved through Order of the Minister of Culture and National Identity no. 2231/2019, published in the Official Journal no. 286 and 286 bis on April 15th 2019. 

Applicant guide and annexes are approved by Order of the Minister of Culture and National Identity no. 2249/2019 and can be downloaded here:

  1. Applicant guide (unofficial translation)
  2. Partner Statement
  3. Partnership letter of intent
  4. Administrative eligibility grid (unofficial translation)
  5. Technical and financial evaluation grid (unofficial translation)
  6. Audit report – Donor States partners (unofficial translation)

Ask for additional information by email: office@ro-cultura.ro or telephone/fax: 021.223.03.46. Information that is relevant to the other potential applicants will also be published on the Programme website www.ro-cultura.ro, FAQ.

Access the electronic management system of RO-CULTURE that allows registration and submission of applications here: emsc.ro-cultura.ro