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Dept 58 - International Relations
Dept 58 - International Relations


Updated 15-5-2019
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Title of the Programme Culture
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Programme area Cultural Entrepreneurship, Cultural Heritage and Cultural Cooperation 
Objective of the programme Social and economic development strengthened through cultural cooperation, cultural entrepreneurship and cultural heritage management
Focus of the programme

Programme Culture supports revitalization of the Czech cultural heritage and cultural and creative activities enhancing regional development and social inclusion by approximately € 33 million. At least 6 open calls will be announced during 2019-2022 in order to support approximately one hundred of cultural projects with implementation period until April 2024.

In the area of cultural heritage the programme supports the preservation and restoration of immovable and movable cultural heritage through larger grants (max. € 1,5 million) including development and implementation of strategies for long-term use. The announcement of this open call is expected in the second quarter of 2019. The second open call will be opened for smaller projects (max. € 250,000) focusing exclusively on value creation and innovative use of the cultural heritage in adequate technical condition.

Within the area of contemporary art at least two open calls supporting high quality and original creative works and their presentation will be announced. The programme will support performing arts (theatre, dance and physical theatre, new circus, classical and contemporary music), visual arts (including architecture and design traditional and contemporary crafts) and literature. The open calls will be announced in the second quarter of 2019 and 2021 and the grant support will range € 50,000 – 200,000.

Based on the stakeholder consultation focusing on current needs of the cultural sector in the Czech Republic the Programme newly supports the area of art criticism and the area of capacity building of umbrella associations, networks and platforms. At least one open call will be announced for each area in the middle of 2019 with grant support € 10,000 – 50,000.

Specific focus of the Programme

The Czech Republic has been long facing several issues related to human rights. For example, the UN has recommended that the integration of Roma citizens into society should be improved, and measures should be taken to combat racism and xenophobia. The projects in the area of contemporary arts will accentuate support to the cultural production of minorities including Roma and address the issue of inclusion including accessing of culture to minorities (e.g. Roma minority). Promotion of cultural heritage of minorities including Roma cultural heritage and inclusive activities will be accentuated in related open calls and directly supported through the predefined project (Building of a memorial to the victims of the Roma holocaust in Lety). All open calls will accentuate capacity building, cultural entrepreneurship and bilateral cooperation with donor states. 

Funded from EEA Grants 2014 - 2021
Allocation 32 941 176 EUR Programme grant 28 000 000 EUR Programme co-financing 4 941 176 EUR
Programme operator Ministry of Finance
International Relations Department
Contact person

Preparation and Coordination Unit

Mgr. Suzana Jovaševićová
Tel.: +420 257 044 594

Programme partner Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic Contact person (consultation of project proposals

Cultural Heritage
Ing. Radek Bouška
E-mail: Radek.Bouš

Contemporary Art
Ing. Jan Hrdlička

Arts and Theatre Institute

Art Criticism and Capacity building of umbrella associations, networks and platforms
Ing. Pavla Petrová

PhDr. Eva Žáková

Donor programme partner The Icelandic Centre for Research (RANNIS)
The Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage (RA)
The Norwegian Arts Council (ACN)

Announcement of first open calls is expected in the 2nd quarter 2019. In order to facilitate establishment of cooperation between potential applicants and potential partners from the donor states it will be possible to apply for individual study trip prior the upcoming open calls under the Programme „Culture“.

The implementation of projects will be possible until April 2024.