Designing a European cooperation project is a formative process that allows organisations to better define their needs and draw strategies of cooperation that can bring in new expertise, skills and innovative approaches.
Incubator is one of our flagship capacity-building programmes. It aims to support mid-to-senior levels-professionals from cultural centres involved or seeking involvement in European Projects such as Creative Europe or Erasmus +. The programme is designed to support social innovation within our network and sometimes beyond.
Applications for Incubator 2020 are now closed. The Incubator 2021 call for projects will open in autumn 2020.
Read more about Incubator 2020's 6 projects that the ENCC selected to support this year.
The annual programme includes 4 phases:
- a call for applications and selection process
- a 2-day intensive training/consultancy retreat for the selected project leaders
- mentoring during the project development phase
- and an evaluation process
Phase 1 (Applying for Incubator): Applicants should present an idea for a project that fits within the following funding frameworks:
● Creative Europe
● Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs
● Europe for Citizens
In this phase, the applicant should present a project idea with already identified partners. The applicant is also expected to outline the objectives and outputs, the impact the project aims to achieve and to prove the European dimension of the project.
Phase 2 (Selection of project bearers/preparation): After the application deadline, the ENCC advising team will give project leaders feedback on their process. Selected candidates have about 2 months to flesh out their projects before the 2-day intensive mentoring/consultancy retreat. Shortly after selection announcement, a brief virtual session with experts will help them structure their project, identify its strengths and weaknesses, and figure out what further development is necessary.
Phase 3 (Consultancy retreat): Selected project bearers MUST arrive, in person (no virtual attendance is allowed), with a detailed draft of project content, timeline and objectives, confirmed partners and a budget for this 2-day consultancy retreat.
Phase 4: (Project development): Project bearers have 1-2 months to identify what type of funding they want to apply for and 5 to 9 months, depending on the type of project, for further project development. During this phase, they are in contact with the same experts as during the consultancy retreat. A 1-hour virtual meeting will help them get final feedback about their project. This phase will allow project bearers to be prepared for writing and submitting their application.
Phase 5 (Evaluation): Participants will evaluate the consultancy at the end of the 2-day retreat, and the whole process after submitting their final application.
Who may apply ?
Cultural organisations looking to initiate a European cooperation project.
ENCC members have priority in the selection process, but non-members may also apply.
Send a message to Kasia, our Capacity Building Manager, at email@example.com.