Cooperation Projects: Are you getting ready for the next round?

Cooperation Projects is an annual funding opportunity which supports cultural, creative and heritage organisations in the UK to work on partnership projects across European countries, which can be inter-disciplinary. The calls are usually published in autumn with deadlines in late autumn/winter. 

Even with the uncertain Brexit situation, this is the time of year where arts, culture and heritage organisations from across Europe are thinking of the next Cooperation Projects round. 

You might have a project in mind and a strong partnership ready to go. Or you might have been approached by someone putting together a partnership - 31% of cross-border projects funded in 2018 had at least one UK partner. 

When these conversations develop, be sure that you and your partners are in it for the longer haul, and meaningful partnership, and not (just) for the money. Partnerships based on mutual trust and shared values are the longest lasting ones as many UK organisations who have been involved in Creative Europe.

Two-time funding beneficiaries Prime Cut Productions from Belfast discuss what makes a successful partnership in this blog post, and Candoco Dance Company offer insights and advice on their project in an interview with General Manager Joanne Lyons. Other recently funded projects include ID: Babylon, which explores the experiences of teenagers across Europe, with partners from Slovenia (Glej Theatre and SNG Nova Gorica), Italy (delleAli teatro), Germany (Das Letzte Kleinod) and the UK (the Albany).

What are the next steps?

It's a good time to follow these steps before the call opens around autumn 2019.


Take a look at the recently published 2019 Cooperation Projects results, with 32 organisations awarded Creative Europe funding. This included Artreach who will lead a large project, and both Artsadmin and Crafts Council are working on two small projects each.

Familiarise yourselves with what Cooperation Projects are about, and read through 2018's call and guidance. Explore funded projects on our website such as Shaking the Walls (Parrabbola) and Slate: Black. Arts. World. (Eclipse Theatre Company).


Take a look at the Culture team's 5 top tips for applicants.


Have a look at what events we’re offering to support you, such as Cooperation Projects one-to-ones in Scotland, and Culture programme advice sessions in England. Check back soon as more free events are added in the coming weeks.


And of course sign up to our newsletter and follow us on Twitter to make sure you have the most up to date information and advice from us.


Consider how involvement in a Cooperation Project could further your work, develop your organisation and provide long-lasting impact.


Have any questions? Get in touch with the Culture team.

Image credit: Slate: Black. Arts. World. Eclipse Theatre Company Ltd, Cooperation Projects, England, 2018 Partners: Griot - Associacao Cultural, Portugal and Stichting De Meervaart, Netherlands