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Culture & Well-being in the EU

In recent years, there has been a lively debate over the many ways in which cultural activities add value to the lives of individuals and to society as a whole. In addition to its intrinsic value, culture provides important social and economic benefits. The evidence shows that culture can contribute to the efficiency of the educationand healthsystems, and that it can promote the causes of the environment.

The European Commission adopted the Annual work programme for the implementation of Pilot Projects and Preparatory Actions in the areas of education, youth, sport and culture.

The action ‘Bottom-up Policy Development for Culture & Well-being in the EU’ aims to facilitate the exchange of knowledge, experience and success stories within the European Union (EU) related to the role of culture for well-being and health and to map the most relevant existing practices in this regard, including those that are financed by European programmes. The action will carry out small-scale pilot work on the ground concerning means of cooperating across sectors to enhance the well-being of individuals and communities and to establish synergies between existing policies and programmes, as well as past, ongoing and planned actions – in particular those at the EU level – but also local, (macro-)regional and national initiatives.

The selected organisation/consortium will implement the following tasks: Research (a desk research that will review existing knowledge from European and international research on the relationship between citizens’ participation in culture, well-being and health, including digital aspects and the impact of Covid 19), Mapping (of relevant EU, national, regional and local programmes, initiatives and projectson culture,well-being and health across the European Union), Cross-sectorial and cross-border cooperation (facilitate experimental cross-sectorial and trans-European cooperationwith the aim to generate knowledge and compile policy guidelines on how to enhance well-being through culture) and Dissemination (systematic communication and dissemination package in order to make sure that the main findings of the preparatory action reach the relevant professionalsfrom the various relevant sectors).

Public or private organisations with legal personality, single entities or a consortiumof of at least two legal entities are welcome to apply until 14 May for the open call. The selected project will be co-financed with €500,000. The indicative duration of the action is 18 months. More information about the open call can be found here.