1. What is a cluster?

Clusters are collaboration platforms of EUNIC members. At least three EUNIC members can join up to formally set up a cluster. The cluster represents the whole of the EUNIC network.

Full members: Full members are local offices of EUNIC members. Only these members sign the Charter. Find a list of EUNIC's full members in the members' section.

Associate members: These are organisations which subscribe to the purposes of EUNIC but are not eligible for full membership.

Partners: Partners are locally based organisations - from civil society or the public sector - that work with the cluster on a project basis. EU Delegations are also invited to be partners of the cluster.

2. How do I set up a cluster?

At least three full-members of EUNIC are required to set up a cluster. The fill in an application form and design a three year strategy.

Read the guide to set up a cluster here. This process has been approved by the EUNIC General Assembly in December 2016.

The process for establishing a EUNIC cluster begins with the development of a cluster strategy. Find a strategy template here.

The Charter establishes the cluster and defines its main aspects. After submission of the application and the three-year cluster strategy, the General Assembly will decide on the approval of the cluster. If approved, the full members of the cluster sign the Cluster Charter. Once signed, the cluster representative sends a scanned copy of it to the EUNIC Global office for counter signature and formal registration. Find a template for the Charter here.

3. How to lead and run a cluster?
The Cluster Guidelines provide governance updates for clusters as well as define the general aspects of their operation. They are updated periodically and administered by EUNIC Global, following approval by the General Assembly. The Cluster Guidelines are currently getting revised. Find the Cluster Guidelines of 2017 here.
Find the Cluster charter template here. The introduction of a new Cluster Charter is part of the cluster governance reform approved by the General Assembly in February 2017.
EUNIC clusters are developing three-year cluster strategies to contribute to the delivery of EUNIC Strategic Framework, adopted in December 2015. Three-year cluster strategies are intended to provide practical guidance to clusters’ work and future actions by focusing on the specific local realities and country contexts in which clusters operate. EUNIC Global has prepared a template to facilitate this process.
EUNIC Global has developed several tools to support clusters in their communications: The EUNIC Global website now has a worldwide interactive map with information about each cluster. Yammer is a digital platform for internal communication within clusters, between them, and between EUNIC Global and clusters. Webinars for Clusters are short interactive sessions focusing on specific themes and issues. Missed a webinar? Write to us on and we will send you a recorded copy.
EUNIC Global is currently developing a light monitoring and reporting system for clusters as part of the Cluster Governance Reform process agreed by the General Assembly. The launch of the monitoring and reporting system for clusters is expected in 2019.
4. How to work with EU Delegations or European Commission representations?
One of the purposes of EUNIC as network is “to act as a partner of the European Commission and other European institutions, in defining and implementing European cultural policy”. Find here some recommendations about how to work with your respective EU Delegation /EC Representation.
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Some EUNIC clusters are already working with EU Delegations/European Commission Representations. Find out what projects they are developing together here.
5. How does the Cluster Fund work? Are there other funding opportunities?
Cluster fund

EUNIC Cluster Fund is financed with the voluntary contributions of EUNIC Members. It only co-finances projects designed and implemented by EUNIC Clusters to deliver their three-year cluster strategies.   Find below all the information about upcoming and past calls, as well as the evaluation report of the previous edition of the Cluster Fund (2012-2015) Call for proposals 2017 (in preparation) Call for proposals 2016 (EN) (FR)  (closed) Budget template Results and explanatory note Detailed results EUNIC Cluster fund evaluation report 2012-2015

Staff mobility

Thanks to the support of Creative Europe Programme, EUNIC Global is able to finance meetings among clusters that are developing joint strategies, notably those operating in the same country. Find here all the information about the process and requirements.


Some clusters have developed a strategic partnership with the respective European Commission representation/EU Delegation, which are financing some of their projects. Find out more here.

EUNIC Cluster Fund is financed through the voluntary contributions of EUNIC members. It co-finances projects of EUNIC clusters aligned with their three-year cluster strategies.

The next Cluster Fund call will be launched in the fall of 2019. There will only be one call in 2019.

Results of Cluster Fund October call 2018
Cluster Fund October call 2018 Evaluation

Results of Cluster Fund March call 2018
Cluster Fund March call 2018 Evaluation

Results of Cluster Fund October call 2017
Cluster Fund October call 2017 evaluation

Results of Cluster Fund March call 2017 (Updated version July 2017)

Results of Cluster Fund Call 2016
Cluster Fund call 2016 shortlisted proposals (EN) (FR)


EUNIC Cluster fund evaluation report 2012-2015
Thanks to the support of Creative Europe Programme, EUNIC Global is able to finance meetings among clusters that are developing joint strategies, notably those operating in the same country. If your cluster is interested in applying write to
EUNIC Global manages the European 'Houses' of Culture project. The project will provide funding opportunities for EUNIC members in partnership with EU delegations and local stakeholders. Five innovative cultural relations projects outside the EU will receive up to 60,000 Euros during the years of 2019 and 2020. The Call for Ideas is now open until 23 June 2019! Find out more about it on
6. How can I engage with the EUNIC network?

As part of the implementation of EUNIC Strategic Framework, EUNIC Global is piloting a Cluster Development Programme which consists of a series of regional seminars. These seminars aim to enable EUNIC members to work together better. The workshops are financed with the support of the EU’s Creative Europe Programme.

In 2018, EUNIC started to organise joint session with staff from EU Delegations during their regional seminars.

10 April 2019 (Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina): Follow-up meeting on the Western Balkans
8-10 April 2019 (Accra, Ghana): Sub-Saharan Africa

November 2018 (Bogotà): Latin America and the Caribbeans
18-20 September 2018 (Skopje) Western Balkans
19-20 February 2018 (Rabat): EU Neighbourhood South


18-20 October 2017 (Brussels, Belgium): Cluster Forum
26-28 April 2017 (Cairo, Egypt): EU Neighbourhood South

15-17 May 2017 (Prague, Czech Republic): EU, EU Neighbourhood EAST and Balkans

28-31 March 2017 (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia): Sub-Saharan Africa

27-28 October 2016 (Rabat, Morocco): EUNIC Meeting on Neighbourhood SOUTH
3-4 November 2016 (Belgrade, Serbia) EUNIC Meeting on Balkans
23-24 May 2016 (Tunis, Tunisia) EUNIC Neighbourhood South Meeting
4-6 April 2016 (Kiev, Belgrade) EUNIC Neighbourhood East Meeting
7-8 March 2016 (Brussels, Belgium) EU Working Group Meeting
EUNIC Global is running a series of short, 45 minute, interactive sessions focusing on specific themes and issues relevant to clusters. Check here the dates for the upcoming webinars and the sign-up instructions. Missed one and would like to watch back? Find the recordings here.
7. How can I get more information?

Contact us here

8. Where in the world are EUNIC clusters currently operating?
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