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Photo: The ASTRA museum in Sibiu received support from the Grants in the previous mechanism.

Cultivating Romanian culture

Five calls for proposals are now open in our two cultural heritage programmes in Romania. Bilateral, small and large projects are supported.

There are more than 20 000 listed historical monuments and archaeological sites in Romania, but limited funding has put this heritage and people’s access to it in jeopardy. The EEA Grants have set aside around €14 million through the ‘Conservation and revitalisation of cultural and natural Heritage’ programme to preserve and protect this heritage for future generations.

Furthermore, around 6.8 million have been allocated through the ‘Promotion of diversity in culture and arts within European cultural heritage’ programme to increase cultural dialogue and to foster understanding through cultural diversity.

Safeguarding cultural heritage

Four calls for proposals are now open under the two programmes. Two call for small projects and two for large projects under each programme.

Following activities are supported in the calls for proposals under the ‘Conservation and revitalisation of cultural and natural Heritage’ programme: 

A. Restoration, renovation and protection of cultural heritage:

-       Restoration and rehabilitation of buildings of cultural heritage;

-       Preservation and restoration of objects of cultural heritage;

-       Digitalisation of archives and databases, and;

-       Creation and enchantment of new museums and cultural facilities 

B. Development of economically sustainable livelihoods in local communities through the revitalisation of cultural and natural heritage:

-       The creation and improvements of strategic and planning documents in relation to heritage assets;

-       Protection and revitalisation of natural heritage, and;

-       Making cultural heritage of ethnical and cultural minorities accessible for the public. 

The minimum amount for small projects is €25 000 per project and the maximum amount is €85 000 per project. Around €1.1 million is available under this call.

The minimum amount for large projects is €200 000 per project and the maximum amount is €2 000 000 per project. Around €9.6 million is available under this call. 

Read the full call text for small projects here

Read the full call text for large projects here

Celebrating diversity

Following activities are supported in the calls for proposals under the ‘Promotion of diversity in culture and arts within European cultural heritage’ programme:

A. Strengthened intercultural dialogue and raised awareness of cultural diversity

-       Increased mobility for artists and their work at international level;

-       Education through art and culture reaching a broader audience;

-       Projects concerning music and stage arts, and;

-       Projects concerning fine and visual arts.

B. Documentation of cultural history:

-       Enhancement and promotion of the cultural history of minorities, and;

-       Events and productions involving minorities (fairs, performances, festivals, productions, etc.).

The minimum amount for small projects is €5000 per project and the maximum amount is €15 000 per project. Around €623 000 is available under this call.

The minimum amount for large projects is €50 000 per project and the maximum amount is €200 000 per project. Around €6.3 million is available under this call.  

Read the full call text for small projects here

Read the full call text for large projects here

Who can apply for funding?

For all four calls, following Romanian entities can apply for funding:

-       Public entities: public authorities, cultural institutions and state archives;

-       Private entities: NGOs active in the field of cultural heritage and ethnic minorities;

-       Higher education and research instituions, and;

-       Other non-commercial entities  

Additional groups may apply for funding for small projects under the ‘Promotion of diversity in culture and arts within European cultural heritage’ programme:

-       Natural persons from Romania or the donor countries, and;

-       Creators and artists who are experts in the field of culture or higher education students.

Religious organisations may also apply under the ‘Conservation and revitalisation of cultural and natural Heritage’ programme.

Strengthening bilateral cooperation

The second call for bilateral cooperation is also open under the 'Promotion of Diversity in Culture and Arts within European Cultural Heritage' programme. The call support activities developing sustainable partnerships between Romanian cultural operators and institutions from the donor countries.

The maximum amount per project is €1500. €40 000 is made available under this call.

Read the full call text for more information on areas of support and eligible activities and applicants

Possibilities for partnerships

Partnerships between Romanian entities and organisations from the donor countries – Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway – are strongly encouraged.

The Directorate for Cultural Heritage Norway and The Arts Council Norway are involved as donor programme partners in the ‘Conservation and revitalisation of cultural and natural Heritage’ programme and ‘Promotion of diversity in culture and arts within European cultural heritage’ programme respectively.

Read the call texts for additional information on partner search in the donor countries.  

When is the application deadline?

For both programmes, the application deadline is 25 April, 2014 for small projects and 7 April, 2014 for large projects.  

Click here to visit our calls calendar and get more information on this and other calls in Romania

Click here for more information on the Romanian ‘Conservation and revitalisation of cultural and natural Heritage’ programme.

Click here for more information on the Romanian ‘‘Promotion of diversity in culture and arts within European cultural heritage’ programme.