European Cooperation Projects – Call 2018

European Cooperation Projects – Call 2018


The call for proposals for European Cooperation Projects 2018 is expected to be published in late September 2017, together with the Guidelines, on the website:, on condition that the Work Programme 2018 is adopted as scheduled in September 2017.  

The Guidelines will cover two calls for proposals:

The first will be dedicated to small- and large-scale European cooperation projects in the “standard” version used since the start of Creative Europe in 2014.

The second will be specifically designed for projects related to the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage.

The Guidelines will therefore deal with three categories – small scale cooperation projects, large scale cooperation projects and projects related to the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage.

The newly introduced third category of projects will specifically target two objectives of the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage (Council and EP Decision no 864/2017 Art 1.2):

  • sharing and appreciation of Europe’s cultural heritage as a shared resource, to raise awareness of common history and values,
  • to reinforce a sense of belonging to a common European space

In particular, the third category of cooperation projects should aim to:

  • Reinforce a sense of belonging to a common European space;
  • Promote cultural heritage as a source of inspiration for contemporary creation and
    innovation and strengthen the interaction between the cultural heritage sector and
    other cultural and creative sectors.

Cultural Heritage is a sign or a symbol created by, or given meaning by human activity, that is intentionally protected, conserved or revived, instead of being left to natural decay, oblivion, or destruction. The purpose is the transmission to future generations of its values (i.e. cultural, historical, aesthetic, archaeological, scientific, ethnological, anthropological value), which are considered relevant by a community or group of reference. 

Within the context of this action, cultural heritage should be understood as encompassing a broad spectrum of resources inherited from the past in all forms and aspects -tangible, intangible and digital (created digital and digitised), including monuments, sites, landscapes, skills, practices, knowledge and expressions of human creativity, as well as collections conserved and managed by public and private bodies such as museums, libraries and archives. Cultural heritage also includes film heritage.

Please note, however, that projects supporting physical interventions on monuments, sites or landscapes are not co-financed within the scope of the present Calls.

Projects are encouraged to implement highly visible activities in their first year to mark the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage. In assessing applications under this category, the Commission will favour projects that do not only focus on awareness raising/communication activities, but which will have an enduring effect and are designed to be sustainable beyond the life of the project.