Connecting Dots – Arts mobility and audience development – Call#2

Connecting Dots – multidisciplinary arts programming projects that contribute to the strengthening of arts provision, access and participation in low-density territories in the Mainland Portugal and in the Azores and Madeira Islands, with a strong emphasis on bilateral cooperation at project and outcome levels.

Open call to Connecting Dots – Arts mobility and audience development, Call 2 of Culture Programme, with a total finance of €3.273.000, funded under EEA Grants Financial Mechanism.

Programme aim and objectives: The call aims at reinforcing the arts provision, access and arts participation by supporting multidisciplinary artistic programming projects designed for and with local and regional communities in low density territories in the Mainland Portugal and in the Azores and Madeira Islands.

Project activities: Projects may include a combination of activities including the creation, production and circulation of new artistic productions/works, the programming and dissemination of pre-existing productions/works, and specific actions to increase audience development, at local and regional level, resulting in public presentations and involving the local communities and enabling individuals and target groups to actively participate in the arts creation and fruition.

Project artistic áreas: Projects may identify activities to develop on at least two of the following artistic areas: architecture, plastic arts, street arts, contemporary circus, cross-disciplinary, dance, design, photography, new media, music and theatre.

Mandatory partnerships: Projects should be developed under mandatory partnerships between an artistic entity legally based in any municipality of Portugal as project promotor, one or more artistic entities from Portugal, one or more artistic entities from any of the Donor States (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) and one or more municipalities from Portugal. Optionally, projects may include non-mandatory partners.

Eligibility of Project promotor: Are eligibles as Project promotor any private entity established as a legal person (natural persons are not eligible) in Portugal that develops professional activity mainly in the cultural and artistic sectors as defined in the Decree-law n.º 103/2017, 24.08, that regulates the DGARTES public funding for the Arts.

Applicants may apply as Project promotor with different projects but only one will be contracted, according to rules mencioned on Open Call.

Eligibility of mandatory Partners: Are eligibles as mandatory partners a) municipalities in low-density areas in Mainland Portugal and in the Azores and the Madeira Islands; b) any artistic entities from the Donor States, public or private, commercial or non-commercial and non-governmental organisations established as a legal person (natural persons are not eligible) in one of the Donor States and whose principal activity is in the cultural and creative sectors as defined in EU Regulation 1295/2014 on the Creative Europe Programme and natural persons who are legal residents in Liechtenstein in accordance with article 7.2.3. of the Regulation.

Available funding and financing rate: The total amount available for this Call is €3.273.000, with a co-financing rate up to 85% of the total eligible costs.

Maximum and Minimum amounts per project: The maximum grant per project is €400.000,00 and the minimum grant per project is €250.000,00.

Territorial scope: Mainland Portugal (exclusively in the low density territories municipalities identified in Annex III of the «National Programme for Territorial Cohesion» approved by the RCM n.º 72/2016, on November 24th) and in the Autonomous Regions of the Azores and Madeira.

Duration of projects: The projects must be implemented within a minimum period of 18 months and a maximum of 24 months.

Connecting Dots – Arts Mobility and Audience Development is part of Culture Programme funded by European Economic Area Financial Mechanism - EEA Grants 2014-2021 and operated by the Directorate General for Cultural Heritage (Program Operator), in partnership with the Directorate General of Arts (Program Partner).


The period for submitting applications runs from 5 of September 2019 to 28 of October 2020, 17:00 (Lisbon hour)

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