Clusters
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 to set up a cluster?

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

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

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.

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.

Download the documents here:

EUNIC Cluster Guidelines
EUNIC Application form to set up a new cluster
EUNIC Cluster Charter
EUNIC Cluster Strategy Template
4. How to work with EU Delegations or European Commission representations?
The Joint Guidelines: EUNIC – EEAS – EC partnership advise EU delegations, EUNIC clusters and local partners on how to create effective partnerships. They provide a practical framework to strengthen the partnership between the EU and EUNIC.

The document aims at advising colleagues working in EU Delegations and EUNIC clusters worldwide on how to design an effective working relationship. It also contains some guidelines directed towards headquarters, i.e. the European Commission, the European External Action Service (EEAS), EUNIC Global and EUNIC members’ headquarters.

These guidelines are co-authored by policy officers at the Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (DG EAC) and at the EEAS as well as colleagues at the EUNIC Global office. The document has been also reviewed and commented on by the colleagues from EU Delegations and EUNIC clusters from the 14 pilot countries of the report on EU-EUNIC partnership.
Joint Guidelines
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.

Other

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.

The 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, based on the principles of cultural relations laid out in the EU strategy on international cultural relations.

The last Cluster Fund call was launched on 4 September 2019 and is open for applications until 6 November 2019. There will only be one call in 2019. Find the call and all relevant documents here.

2018
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

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

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

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

2012-2015

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 clusters@eunicglobal.eu.
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. Find out more about it on eunicglobal.eu/european-houses-of-culture.
6. How to engage with the EUNIC network?

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. Where in the world are EUNIC clusters currently operating?
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