Call for proposals – Restoration and revitalization of monuments

Opening date: June 5th 2019

Closing date: November 12th 2019, 16:00 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 projects aims to address the need of restoring cultural heritage in an innovative way, by promoting new participatory governance models for the field of cultural heritage and an integrated approach of this heritage.

At least 30% of the total value of the grants awarded as a result of this call for projects will be awarded to projects involving at least one partner from the Donor States.

The total amount allocated to this call for projects is 16.000.000 Euro

The eligible grant amount per project is between 200,000 Eur and 2,000,000 Eur, representing 80% of the total eligible expenditure of the project.

This call for projects is subject to European and national rules on state aid, approved by the Competition Council. The state aid will be awarded as a non-reimbursable financial support.

This call for projects will contribute exclusively to the achievement of the following Programme indicators:

  • 25% increase of the annual number of visitors to supported cultural heritage sites and/or cultural activities;
  • 70 jobs created;
  • 7 monuments restored and revitalized;
  • 7 development plans related to built heritage implemented;
  • 35 professional staff trained on the job;
  • 7 projects involving cooperation with a donor project partner in the field of cultural heritage.

To be eligible, each project must lead to achieving the following minimum target values:

  • 25% increase of the annual number of visitors to supported cultural heritage sites and/or cultural activities;
  • 6 jobs created;
  • 1 monument restored and revitalized (culturally and economically);
  • 1 development plan related to built heritage implemented;
  • 5 professional staff trained on the job

The eligible applicants are:

  • public institutions, as defined in section 5 of the Applicant Guide;
  • administrative-territorial units, including sectors of Bucharest, defined according to the Law of local public administration no. 215/2001;
  • non-governmental organizations, as defined in Section 5 of the Applicant Guide, established on the basis of Law no. 21/1924 for legal persons (Associations and Foundations) or Government Ordinance no. 26/2000 regarding associations and foundations, with subsequent amendments and completions, which can carry out the activities proposed by the project according to the statutory documents;
  • commercial enterprises established on the basis of Law no. 31/1990 on companies, republished, as subsequently amended and supplemented OR cooperative enterprises established on the basis of Law no. 1/2005 on the organization and functioning of cooperative enterprises (republished), which fulfills cumulatively the following conditions:
    • is a SME (micro enterprise, small enterprise or medium-sized enterprise, as defined in Recommendation 2003/361 / EC)
    • the activity domain (CAEN class) targeted by the project is (are) registered in the company's activity field (according to ORC certificate),
    • the activity domain (CAEN class) targeted by the project is / are authorized at the site identified as the site of project implementation when the activity of capitalizing on the historical monument is initiated

The eligible project partners from Romania:

  • non-governmental organizations which are established on the basis of Law no. 21/1924 for legal persons (Associations and Foundations) or Government Ordinance no. 26/2000 on Associations and Foundations, at least 2 years prior to the launching date of the call for projects; their activity, according to statutory documents, is, inter alia, in the cultural and creative sectors, as defined in the EU Regulation no. 1295/2013; can carry out the envisaged activities according to its statutory documents;
  • commercial enterprises which are established on the basis of Law no. 31/1990 on enterprises (republished); fall into the SME category (micro-enterprise, small enterprise or medium-sized enterprise, as defined in Recommendation 2003/361 / EC); were established at least 2 years prior to the launching date of the call for proposals; the activity domain (NACE code) targeted by the project and relevant from the perspective of the activities carried out by the partner in the project is/ are registered in the enterprise’s field of activity (according to the Trade Registry statement);
  • cooperative enterprises which were established on the basis of Law no. 1/2005 on the organization and functioning of the cooperative enterprise (republished), fall into the SME category (micro, small or medium enterprise, as defined by the EC Recommendation no.2003/361/CE); were established at least 2 years prior to the launching date of the call for proposals; their activity, according to its legal documents, is, inter alia, in the cultural and creative sectors, as defined in EU Regulation no. 1295/2013; the activity domain (NACE code) targeted by the project and relevant from the perspective of the activities carried out by the partner in the project is/ are registered in the enterprise’s field of activity (according to the Trade Registry statement);
  • public cultural institution (museum, theatre, opera, operetta, philharmonic, library, archive, cultural center, etc.).

If the applicant is an administrative-territorial unit/ public institution, the partnership with a private entity such as a non-governmental organization or commercial enterprise/ cooperative enterprise (SME) registered as a legal person in Romania, is MANDATORY in order to capitalize/ revitalize the restored monument.

The eligible project partners from the Donor States: any public or private entity, commercial or non-commercial, as well as non-governmental organizations, as defined in Section 5 of the Applicant Guide, established as a legal entity in one of the Donor States.

The project duration is between 12 months and 48 months.

The call for proposals opens June 5th 2019.
The deadline for project submission is November 12th 2019, 16:00 hours.

State aid scheme regarding Monuments restored and revitalized has been approved through Order of the Minister of Culture and National Identity no. 2527/2019, published in the Official Journal no. 449 bis on June 5th 2019.

Applicant guide and annexes are approved by Order of the Minister of Culture and National Identity no. 2545/05.06.2019 updated by Order of the Minister of Culture and National Identity no. 2697/ 2019, no. 2918/2019, no. 2962/2019, no. 3094/2019, no.  3120/ 2019 and can be downloaded here:

  1. Applicant guide (unofficial translation) updated Nov. 11th 2019
  2. Administrative eligibility grid (unofficial translation) updated Oct. 29th 2019
  3. Technical and financial evaluation grid (unofficial translation)
  4. Partner's statement
  5. Partnership letter of intent
  6. Development plan for the restored monument (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, FAQ section.

Access the electronic management system of RO-CULTURE that allows registration and submission of applications here: emsc.ro-cultura.ro. EMSC will allow submission of applications for the present call starting June 10th 2019.