Cultural Entrepreneurship, Heritage and Cooperation

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Ministry of Culture - Bulgaria
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Programme Summary


Social and economic development strengthened through cultural cooperation, cultural entrepreneurship and cultural heritage management

Programme summary

This Annex sets out the operational rules for the programme.  The programme agreement is based on the MoU, the concept note and comments made by the FMC. Commitments, statements and guarantees, explicit as well as implicit, made in the concept note, are binding for the National Focal Point and the Programme Operator unless otherwise explicitly stipulated in the annexes to this programme agreement.

The Programme Operator is the Ministry of Culture.  The Arts Council Norway is Donor Programme Partner. 

The programme objective “Social and economic development strengthened through cultural cooperation, cultural entrepreneurship and cultural heritage management”, shall be attained through three outcomes:

  • Outcome 1: “Cultural heritage management enhanced”

The outcome will be supported by way of two calls for proposals. Call no. 1 shall support projects on cultural heritage presented in revitalized, restored and renovated spaces. Call no. 2 shall support projects making cultural heritage accessible. 

  • Outcome 2: “Access to arts and culture improved”

The outcome will be supported by way of two calls for proposals (calls no. 3 and 4). Projects supported under this outcome shall address audience development and cultural entrepreneurship. 

  • Outcome 3: “Awareness of arts and culture of ethnic and cultural minorities improved (Roma focus)”

The outcome will be supported through one Small Grant Scheme (SGS) to be implemented by way of one call.  Projects supported under this outcome shall contribute to reaching the target on Roma inclusion under this programme.   They will aim to improve the situation of the Roma population in Bulgaria using culture and art as a means for skills and capacity development or as a pathway into education. 

Approximately 50% of all projects supported across the three outcomes shall be implemented together with partners from the Donors States.

Programme Concerns

No more than 60 % of the total eligible expenditure of the programme shall be available for infrastructure (hard measures).

The involvement of minority groups in cultural projects and their access to culture, and the addressing of the needs of minority groups, such as Roma, inter alia through measures in education shall be explored in the concept note phase.

The programme shall contribute to the improvement of the situation for the Roma population and shall contribute towards the target set in section 2 ‘Specific concerns’ of this Annex.

The programme shall focus on the role that culture and cultural heritage play in local and regional development with emphasis on employment, social inclusion and cultural entrepreneurship.

The programme shall support projects that relate to the documentation of the cultural history of social, ethnic and cultural minorities and groups.

Bilateral Ambitions

€100,000 shall be allocated to the programme from the fund for bilateral relations. This does not prevent the Joint Committee for Bilateral Funds from allocating additional funds to the programme.

Information on the projects funded by the EEA and Norway Grants is provided by the Programme and Fund Operators in the Beneficiary States, who are responsible for the completeness and accuracy of this information.