The CBSS has a strong long-term commitment to building skills and knowledge, particularly amongst young people, that connects them to the culture and identity of their region. The concept of belonging is developed through community engagement, local and cross regional networking, open dialogues and multilevel governance.
CBSS looks for projects for young people, about young people and by young people – from childhood through to the teenage years and early adulthood, as their contributions will form the foundations of a strong regional future. Projects should be focused around the subjects of culture, education, children and youth and somehow strengthen the engagement of young people and the influence of their voices in organisational, cultural, and educational settings. Projects ideally will be inclusive of professionals as well as ordinary citizens and respect the varied and dynamic nature of the human experience from age and gender to disability and religion and more.
Successful projects will be highly artistic in nature and highlight the use of culture as a bridge that crosses physical, geographic and political borders. Projects must exhibit commitments to sustainable practices and reflect the parameters of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 provides the perfect platform for projects of this nature to be realised and the spotlight shone firmly on the cultural heritage of the Baltic Sea Region.
The project proposals may be initiated by individuals, groups, organisations, institutions, associations and companies in the CBSS Member states, as well as CBSS Expert Groups and CBSS Networks. The maximum amount of co-financing granted is €65,000. The deadline for funding applications to be received for the CBSS Project Support Facility is Saturday 31st March 2018. Detailed information about the opportunity can be found here on the CBSS website.
"Culture includes not only culture and arts, but also the way of life and system of values. In this sense culture becomes the major power for intellectual renewal and human perfection." (European Council Report on European Cultural Policy)