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[GRANTS:152] 1997 Kaleidoscope Programm

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Subject: [GRANTS:152] 1997 Kaleidoscope Programme
From: Marek Tiits <>
Date: Wed, 13 Nov 1996 22:24:43 +0200 (EET)
Organization: Institute of Baltic Studies

                   European Community Support for Culture
                         1997 Kaleidoscope Programme

                    Information and Call for Applications

                                (96/C 298/09)


     I. Subject

     The Kaleidoscope programme, adopted by the European Parliament and
     the Council on 29.3.1996, supports artistic and cultural
     activities having a European dimension.

     This notice provides information on the programme and invites
     applications for Community financial support for cultural projects
     and events starting in 1997.

     II. Background

     Following the entry into force of the Treaty on European Union,
     and specifically Article 128 thereof, which established the
     Community's competence in the field of culture, the European
     Commission presented a proposal for a new Community programme
     entitled Kaleidoscope [Footnote 1]. In accordance with the
     procedure known as co-decision, established by Article 189b of the
     Treaty, a Decision to establish a programme to support artistic
     and cultural activities having a European dimension has now been
     adopted by the European Parliament and by the Council, after
     consultation with the Committee of the Regions.

     The programme has been established for a three year period with
     effect from 1 January 1996.

     III. Objectives of the Programme

     The programme is intended, by means of co-operation, to encourage
     artistic and cultural creation and to promote knowledge and
     dissemination of the culture and cultural life of the European
     peoples, by supporting cultural projects with a European
     dimension, ie. those involving partnerships of organisations from
     at least three Member States. [Footnote 2]

     It will support and supplement the action of Member States in the
     field of culture in accordance with the principle of subsidiarity
     laid down in Article 3b of the Treaty on European Union. Financial
     support will be given to artistic and cultural projects carried
     out in partnership, or through networks, and large-scale European
     co-operation projects.

     Community support should primarily be used for the cultural and
     artistic aspects of projects under the programme, their
     administrative and personnel expenditure should, therefore, be
     shown to respect the principles of sound economic management.

     The specific objectives of Kaleidoscope are;

        * to encourage activities involving artistic creation with a
          European dimension, ie. those which are organised by partners
          from at least three Member States, to enable the number and
          quality of cultural exchanges to be increased and to ensure a
          good overall representation of all forms of artistic
          expression covered by the programme.

        * to support innovative cultural projects carried out by
          European partners from at least three different Member
          States, which provide a genuine added value to those cultural
          activities which are undertaken at national and regional

        * to contribute to the development of the professional skills
          of artists and other cultural operators, in particular by
          supporting cultural projects which include the improvement of
          professional skills as part of their organisation, and by
          stepping up exchanges of experiences, thus facilitating
          greater co-operation between artists from various Member

        * to contribute to the mutual knowledge of European cultures by
          making it easier for different European audiences to have
          access to and participate in the culture and arts of other
          Member States and by facilitating inter-cultural dialogue.

     IV. Structure of the Kaleidoscope Programme

     The programme comprises the following two Actions under which
     applications can be submitted.

     Action 1 Support for events and cultural projects carried out in
     partnerships or through networks

     The programme is open to cultural and artistic projects jointly
     organized by cultural networks or by partnerships of organisations
     from at least three Member States, and which also involve
     participants from at least three Member States.

     Particular attention will be given to networks which promote
     access to culture for people from a diversity of social and
     regional backgrounds.

     Projects should either involve creative work intended for public
     display or dissemination in Europe or help to promote greater
     cultural exchanges and access to culture by the public. The areas
     covered by the programme are: the performing arts (eg. dance,
     music, theatre, opera), visual or spatial arts (eg. painting,
     sculpture, carving, engraving), the applied arts (e.g.
     architecture, photography and design), and projects involving
     multimedia as a form of artistic expression.

     Projects submitted for consideration must be of European interest,
     of high quality and innovatory or exemplary in nature. Additional
     support may be given to projects which involve either study
     periods or courses for improving professional skills in the arts
     or culture for the benefit, in particular, of young people, or
     measures intended to increase cultural dissemination or public
     access to culture.

     A priority will be given to projects contributing to lasting

     The following are not eligible for support under this programme:

        * projects not starting in 1997

        * projects in areas covered by other Community actions in the
          field of culture (cinema and television, cultural heritage
          and books and reading)

        * cultural co-operation projects concerning regions of the same
          Member State or of a purely national or bilateral nature

        * the production of material and publications for commercial
          purposes; although support can be given to books,
          collections, reviews, records, CDs, videos, CD-i and CD-ROMs
          when they form an integral part of a larger project

        * investment or operating costs of the cultural organisations
          which do not form an integral part of the project in

     On completion of the supported project, the organisers must submit
     a report on the outcome and be prepared to provide relevant
     information on the project to the European Commission in order to
     enable proper evaluation of both the project and the programme.

     Generally speaking, Community support for a cultural project,
     granted in the context of the Kaleidoscope programme, may not be
     repeated, and may in no circumstances be continued for more than
     two consecutive years for the same type of project. Requests for
     the renewal of Community support will be assessed by independent
     experts on the basis of a report to be submitted by the organisers
     on the outcome of the previous year's activities. Independent
     experts may recommend changes to the project.


     Projects must have a balanced financing plan, and must in addition
     have other sources of funding, whether from the public or the
     private sectors. For the majority of projects and events,
     Community support provided from the Kaleidoscope programme may not
     exceed 25% of the total cost of the project in question, nor may
     it exceed 50,000 ECUs.

     However, in the case of projects incorporating, beyond their
     central event or work, additional elements which involve either
     training periods or courses for improving professional skills, or
     measures intended to increase cultural dissemination or public
     access to culture an additional Community contribution may be
     granted. This Community support may cover up to 50% of this
     specific component, but this may not exceed 20,000 ECUs.

     The maximum possible Community contribution to any project within
     the Kaleidoscope programme, therefore, will be 70,000 ECUs.

     For projects which are concerned purely with the improvement of
     professional skills, Community assistance may cover up to 50% of
     the total cost, up to a maximum of 50,000 ECUs.

     The administrative costs must not exceed 20% of the Community
     financing of the project.

     Projects involving a Community contribution of less than 5,000
     ECUs are not, in principle, eligible for support from the
     Kaleidoscope programme.

     Action 2 - Large-scale European co-operation actions

     A separate action will provide support to significant large-scale
     quality projects having a European dimension and major cultural
     and socio-economic impact.

     This action is open to the same type of cultural and artistic
     projects and with the same conditions as in Action 1, however they
     must be jointly organised by cultural networks or cultural
     co-organisers from at least four Member States and must involve
     participants from at least four Member States.

     Considering the very selective nature of Action 2, and the fact
     that the budget for this action is very limited, organizers are
     invited to consider whether their projects correspond fully with
     the objectives of Action 2.

     Cultural events organised to mark Europe Day on 9th May are
     eligible for support under this action. In this case the projects
     may involve co-organisers and participants from at least three
     Member States.

     Funding is initially provided for 1 year. Neverthless, it may be
     extended up to a maximum of 2 years for projects beginning in
     1997. Extension from year to year will depend on an assessment of
     the actions carried out in the previous year, evaluating both the
     cultural quality and the socio-economic impact of the results


     Community support for projects submitted under Action 2 may exceed
     50,000 ECUs, but may not exceed 25% of the total cost of the

     Involvement of third countries

     Third countries which are parties to the European Economic Area

     In accordance with the EEA Agreement, organisations from Iceland,
     Liechtenstein and Norway may participate in the Kaleidoscope
     programme with the same rights and obligations as those of
     organisations from Member States.

     Other third countries:

     In accordance with the various association or co-operation
     agreements between the European Community and third countries, the
     Kaleidoscope programme will be open to a number of non-member
     countries under the following conditions:

        * organisations from Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland,
          Romania, Slovakia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Slovenia,
          may participate in the Kaleidoscope programme. The specific
          modalities of their participation will be progressively
          defined in the framework of the Association Councils on the
          basis of the additional protocols. [Footnote 3]

        * organisations from Cyprus and Malta and from other third
          countries which have concluded association or cooperation
          agreements with the European Community containing cultural
          clauses, may participate in the Kaleidoscope programme on the
          basis of these agreements, and of additional appropriations
          to be provided according to procedures to be agreed with
          those countries. [Footnote 3]

     Artistic and cultural co-operation projects must involve
     co-organisers and participants from at least one third country and
     at least two Member States (Action 1) or from at least one third
     country and at least three Member States (Action 2).

     However, organisations from third countries may be involved in
     projects which are presented by at least 3 Member States (Action
     1) or by at least 4 Member States (Action 2).

     V. Eligibility Criteria

     The following criteria will be taken into account in the selection
     of projects submitted under the Kaleidoscope programme.

     Formal criteria to be considered in pre-selection;

     Action 1:

        * co-organisers and participants from at least three Member
          States or EFTA/EEA countries

        * co-organisers and participants from at least one third
          country and at least two Member States or EFTA/EEA countries

     Action 2:

        * co-organisers and participants from at least four Member
          States or EFTA/EEA countries

        * co-organisers and participants from at least one third
          country and at least three Member States or EFTA/EEA

     All projects:

        * a detailed and balanced estimated budget
        * respect for the limit of 20% of Community funding for
          administrative costs (except personnel);
        * projects starting in 1997
        * respect for the time limit for presentation of projects;
        * presentation of the legal statutes or constitution of the
          organization responsible for the project (applicable only to
          organizations in the private sector);
        * the original signatures of the co-organisers.
        * detailed description of the project.

     Criteria to be considered during selection process;

        * high cultural and artistic quality
        * encourages artistic creation
        * encourages cultural exchanges
        * provides real added value at Community level
        * establishes lasting co-operation
        * innovatory or exemplary
        * increases access to culture
        * potential socio-economic impact
        * can be evaluated after the event

     As regards the programme as a whole, consideration will also be
     given to achieving a broad geographical balance, and a balance
     across art forms.

     VI. Applications

     Application forms and accompanying guidance notes can be obtained
     from the Offices of the European Commission in the Member States
     or from the Culture Unit at the following address;

                             European Commission
                           Kaleidoscope Programme
                            DG X/D.1 Culture Unit
                                  Room 4/02
                              Rue de la Loi 102
                              B-1049 Brussels

     3 copies of the completed application forms (one original plus two
     copies) should be sent to the Culture Unit at this address.

     Applications must be sent by 15.1.1997 (the postmark will be
     considered as the official date of submission). This deadline will
     be strictly adhered to and on no account will any extensions be

     While applications may be submitted in any of the eleven official
     Community languages, in order to assist the effective management
     of the programme, it would be helpful if applicants could also
     provide a translation into another official Community language of
     the relevant sections of the application form.

     Only original application forms will be accepted. Text must be
     typed directly or cut and pasted to the form, but
     computer-generated replica forms will not be accepted.

     Applications will be disqualified if they are incomplete or do not
     satisfy the eligibility criteria, such as demonstrating the
     involvement of both co-organisers and participants requested under
     the two actions, or if they fail to include a detailed and
     balanced estimated budget.

     Ineligible applications will be rejected during a pre-selection
     process and will be returned to the applicant.

     VII. Selection of applications

     The selection of applications will be the responsibility of the
     Commission, in accordance with Article 5 of the Decision
     establishing the programme. Selection will take account of the
     opinion of independent groups of experts in the cultural sector,
     who will assess the cultural and artistic merit of all eligible
     applications. The opinions of the groups of experts are reached on
     a collective and confidential basis. Members of the groups are not
     permitted to divulge the details of their deliberations.

     The announcement of the selected projects will be made before
     31.5.1997. No advance notice of any decision will be given in
     respect of individual projects.

     It will be the responsibility of the organisers of the selected
     projects to ensure that the support provided by the European Union
     under the Kaleidoscope programme is publicised by all appropriate
     means. A "Kaleidoscope" logo is available for use in public
     relations and promotional material related to the cultural
     activities of the selected project.


     <1>Note: The name proposed originally for the programme was
     "Kaleidoscope 2000", but this was changed to "Kaleidoscope" during
     the co-decision procedure. [Back to text]

     <2>Please note also the paragraph "Involvement of third countries"
     below. Furthermore, please note that any reference made to the
     Member States applies also to EFTA/EEA countries (see below same
     section). [Back to text]

     <3>For 1997, these countries can participate in the programme only
     on condition that the specific modalities concerned are addressed
     within the framework of the Council. [Back to text]


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