Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine

The EU funded Culture Bridges Programme announces fifth Call for Grants for cultural sector professionals and organisations

20/11/2018 - 16:25
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The Culture Bridges programme supports the professional development of the Ukrainian cultural and creative sectors, promoting cooperation with relevant European organisations and individuals. Culture Bridges is funded by the European Union (EU) and is managed by the British Council in Ukraine in partnership with EUNIC, the network of EU National Institutes of Culture.

The programme’s fifth call was opened on 20 November 2018 and offers grants in three programme categories. International Mobility grants of up to €4,000 are available for professional travel to EU countries or to Ukraine. National Cooperation Project grants of up to €10,000 are available to Ukrainian institutions located in non-neighbouring regions of Ukraine for the implementation of joint projects. And International Cooperation Projects organised between cultural operators in Ukraine and the EU are eligible for grants of up to €50,000. The submission deadlines for the fifth call are

  • International Mobility Projects: 9 January 2019
  • National and International Cooperation Projects: 31 January 2019

The programme’s four previous programme calls have shown the significant demand within the cultural and creative sectors for international cooperation opportunities, with 1,333 grant applications received, of which 1,130 (84%) were from Ukraine. The largest number of applications was received in the sectors of tangible and intangible cultural heritage, visual arts, festivals, creative spaces and cooperation platforms.  In the first year of its operation, Culture Bridges has awarded more than half a million euros in grants to 71 projects, 41 of which have already been implemented.

Joanna Wichowska, Warsaw-based playwright and theatre critic, was among the first recipients of a Culture Bridges mobility grant, with which she staged a production of Wonderful, Wonderful Times together with Lviv’s First Theatre. The stage version was drawn from Nobel literature Laureate Elfriede Jelinek’s novel Die Ausgesperrten and its examination of life in a post-war society, violence and the attempt by young people to grab the “old world” away from their elders. “The most important aim of my activity was (and will continue to be) filling the gap in the development of Ukrainian culture and that of EU countries. I think that the best way to do this is to collaborate on specific projects.”

You can read more about projects supported by Culture Bridges by checking out the Success Stories on our website.  For more information on conditions for participation in the grant calls, see or follow our Facebook page. For additional information please contact Yulia Romanova, Head of Marketing at the British Council in Ukraine.

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