Apply Now: EUNIC Cluster Fund Call for Proposals 2023
This year's EUNIC Cluster Fund Call for Proposals is now open to applications from clusters worldwide until 6 November 2023. It features an optional thematic focus on culture & climate action. Submitted proposals are encouraged to address the climate crisis through cultural activities and combine culture with climate action in meaningful ways.
The purpose of the annual EUNIC Cluster Fund is to co-finance clusters’ projects that contribute to the principles of international cultural relations and to the collaborative implementation of the EUNIC Strategic Framework for 2020-2024. Since its establishment in 2012, the Cluster Fund has been EUNIC’s primary instrument to financially support colleagues working in clusters in delivering cultural relations activities.
Building on EUNIC’s ongoing committment to the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals, the EUNIC General Assembly identified climate action as one of EUNIC’s priority topics in June 2022. This has led to a creation of the EUNIC Climate Culture(s) Creative Lab, a shared project on this topic implemented from March to June 2023 as part of the Goethe-Institut’s presidency of EUNIC in 2022-2023. Accordingly, the Cluster Fund 2023 strongly welcomes project proposals that address the climate crisis directly through their cultural activities and combine culture with climate action. All submitted proposals are encouraged to follow this priority. However, this focus is optional, proposals with a different focus remain welcome and eligible.
All EUNIC clusters are invited to apply with a cultural relations project until Monday, 6 November 2023.
Clusters can apply for up to 20,000 euros, which can constitute a maximum of 60% of the total project budget. Submitted proposals have to involve a minimum of three Full EUNIC Members, close collaboration with key local cultural partner organisations and where relevant with the EU Delegation or European Commission Representation is encouraged. Partners can be civil society organisations as well as public bodies.
The project needs to be aligned with the local Cluster Strategy and the cultural relations principles more generally. In line with EUNIC's organisational commitment to the topic of fair collaboration in cultural relations, partnerships at eye-level should be at the core of the design and implementation of all submitted projects, including active participation and governance of all partners to ensure ownership by all. Additionally, proposals should actively contribute to sustainability in its different forms by addressing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. In particular, environmental sustainability should be taken into account in the design and implementation of the projects.
An expert jury will select proposals in November. Selected projects will be implemented throughout 2024.
- 1 November 2023: Last day to request optional feedback from the EUNIC office
- 6 November 2023 (at 23:59 CET): Deadline for submission of proposals
- End of November 2023: Final award decision by EUNIC Board of Directors based on jury recommendations
- Beginning of December 2023: Publication of selection results
- January – December 2024: Project implementation period
- 15 December 2024: Deadline to submit final project report and final payment invoice
How to apply?
The following documents need to be submitted:
- Application form completed in English
- Estimated budget (in EUR) completed in English
- Cluster Strategy (only if not already previously submitted to the EUNIC office; templates and examples available here).
All necessary documents can be found in the Cluster Fund application package online here.
EUNIC office support
If you have any questions about the call or the application process, do not hesitate to contact the cluster management team at the EUNIC office, Michelle Sun and Sybilla Britani at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From September the EUNIC cluster management team will be organising a series of webinars on the call.