Culture Moves Europe’s second call for individual mobility targets artists and cultural professionals working in the following sectors: music, literature, architecture, cultural heritage, design and fashion design, visual arts and performing arts.
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About the call
The Individual Mobility Action supports artists and cultural professionals to carry out a project with a partner of their choice in another Creative Europe country. The call is open to individuals and groups of up to 5 people, who wish to implement projects lasting between 7 to 60 days for individuals and 7 to 21 days for the groups. The grant contributes to travel and subsistence costs, and offers additional top-ups based on grantees’ individual situation.
What projects are supported?
Artists and cultural professionals can apply with a proposal to carry out a project with a partner of their choice in a Creative Europe country which is not their country of residence.
The project should pursue two of the following goals:
- to explore: to conduct creative and artistic research, to investigate, inspire and work on a specific theme or a new concept
- to create: to engage in a creative process seeking to produce a new piece of artistic/cultural work
- to learn: to enhance the participants’ competences and skills through non-formal learning or collaboration with a specialist
- to connect: to develop a professional network, to strengthen the participants’ professional development, to engage with new audiences
The partner can be, for example, a fellow artist, an organisation or a venue in the country of destination. Applicants must provide proof of collaboration in the application process.
It is possible to apply either as an individual or as a group of up to five people.
The projects can last:
- from 7 to 60 days for individuals
- from 7 to 21 days for groups
The project duration corresponds to the number of days spent in the destination country to implement the project. The travel time is not taken into account for the grant calculation.
Please note that it is only possible to travel to one single destination and that the mobility cannot be interrupted. For group projects, all group members must be at the place of destination for the whole period project implementation.
Important: Culture Moves Europe mobility grant cannot be used to merely present previously created work. Projects that simply propose, for example, an exhibition or performance of a previously created work will not be considered. Culture Moves Europe, and these grants, exist to encourage creation, exchanges, connections, and fruitful learnings across borders.
What does the grant offer?
The grant is composed of a travel allowance, a daily allowance and individual top-ups. The grant calculations are made specifically for each grantee, based on their project and personal situation.
€75 per person per day. It is a contribution to accommodation, food, renting equipment, local transport, etc.
Travel distance under 5 000 km: €350 per person for round-trip.
Travel distance above 5.000 km: €700 per person for round-trip.
The distance between the participant’s place of residence and the host’s location is calculated automatically in the online application form. Check the distance calculator for more information.
For short distances of under 600 km, travelling by airplane is only allowed in exceptional and well justified cases:
- for persons with disabilities
- for travelling from or to an island with no ferry connections
- due to force majeure or grave personal circumstances
€350 per person for choosing not to travel by airplane (round-trip). Only applicable for distances of 600 km and more.
Overseas Countries and Territories or Outermost Regions top-up
€150 per person for travelling from or to Overseas Countries and Territories or Outermost Regions.
€80 per person for expenses related to visa processes.
€100 per person for persons with children below the age of 10. The amount is fixed, regardless of the number of children.
Up to 100% of travel and daily allowance per person. For people whose disabilities affect their ability to carry out the mobility project. Budget to be agreed with the Culture Moves Europe team according to individual needs.
The top-ups can be added cumulatively: one person can receive several top-ups at the same time. Justification and proof for the required top-ups will be asked.
What are the selection criteria?
The application will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
- What is the applicant(s) goal and why is the mobility relevant?
- Is the project adequately planned (with the international partner, duration, etc.)?
- What will be the long-term positive impacts of the project?
- Are sustainability aspects taken into account (e.g., means of transportation, materials used, etc.)?
Timeline and application process
Culture Moves Europe’s individual mobility action is opening three rolling calls between October 2022 and January 2025.
First call: from 10 October 2022 to 31 May 2023
Second call: from 2 October 2023 to 31 May 2024
Third call: from Autumn 2024 to Winter 2024
The Call for individual mobility is a rolling call – which means that applications are evaluated, and grants awarded every month.
Based on previous experience, many people wait until the last deadline to submit their applications, which leads to increased competition. Therefore, it is encouraged to send applications for earlier deadlines.
The mobility project can take place any time in the 12 months after the signature of the grant agreement. However, we recommend submitting applications at least four months before the start of the mobility.
All processes of Culture Moves Europe are carried out in English, including application, contract and activity report. However, language skills are not rated in the project evaluation and applicants are welcome to make use of online translation tools.
Please note that applicants can only receive one Culture Moves Europe grant under the individual mobility action. If not selected, they can apply again during the next rolling call, but only once per rolling call, despite being part of a group or applying individually. For more information, check our Frequently Asked Questions.
Within 30 days after the implementation of the project, grantees must submit the activity report. This is an online questionnaire, clear and straightforward, like the application form.
In the activity report grantees must reflect on their experience and provide some insights about the implementation of their mobility project.
Also, grantees must include documents that prove that the mobility has taken place.
Examples of such proof are: transportation tickets, visa requests, hotel reservations etc., as well as a proof of return to their place of legal residence.
How do I apply?
The application process is simple and straightforward, however, before you apply, please read attentively the call document. There, will find all necessary information.
As the Goethe-Institut is the institution implementing Culture Moves Europe, applications are processed through the Goethe-Application Portal.
In order to apply please follow these steps:
- Create an account
- Register as an “individual” (even if you are a group)
- Select “Culture Moves Europe funding”
- Select “Call for Individual Mobility”
- Fill out the form. You can save and edit the form until the final submission