Process; ongoing, up to 5-10 years
Submitted by / EUSDR Priority Area(s): PA 3 Culture & Tourism
The basic idea of the Danube Small Project Fund for Culture (DSPF) is to provide an uncomplicated funding platform for Danube-wide collaboration that can disburse even small amounts (<5,000 €) for the most important costs (travel expenses, organisation etc.) without major administrative hurdles. Such an uncomplicated small project funding scheme has been a long-term desire of the cultural sector in the Danube Region since the very beginning of the EUSDR activities.
The Ministry of Science, Research and Arts Baden-Württemberg initiated a pilot action for the DSPF which is to elaborate the final structure and to test the long-term function of this innovative funding platform. The Partners followed the initiative of the Ministry of Science, Research and Arts Baden-Württemberg and agreed to jointly establish a DSPF pilot implementation phase from 2021-2023.
The pilot phase is based on simple online calls at least once per year (depending on funding possibilities). Cultural actors in the Danube Region can describe their concepts and enter them into an online form to apply for funding.
Need and (expected) impact
European Danube Academy, involving all Partners. For the elaboration of the DSPF structure the international translation network Traduki was used as a role model. The concrete preparation of the fund was strongly supported by the long-standing experiences of the Working Community of the Danube Regions (ARGE Donauländer). The final structures and procedures have been discussed and confirmed by all Partners.
Most EUSDR participating countries are involved at this moment.
The following partners have established a new alliance for culture and creativity in the Danube Region.
Institutional founders of the DSPF:
- Ministry of Science, Research and Arts Baden-Württemberg as initiator
- Province of Lower Austria/Working Community of the Danube Regions (ARGE Donauländer)
- City of Regensburg
- “Kulturreferentin” for the Danube region at the Museum of the Danube Swabians (DZM) Ulm
- Donaubüro GmbH Ulm/Neu-Ulm
The first private partner and co-founder of the DSPF:
- Volksbank Ulm-Biberach eG
- Danube Cultural Cluster
- Deutsches Kulturforum östliches Europa Potsdam
The DSPF project is coordinated by the European Danube Academy (EDA).
Budget and Funding
The DSPF is funded by financial contributions from various partners throughout the Danube Region. The sides agree to provide an annual financial contribution to the fund. The Ministry of Science, Research and Arts Baden-Württemberg and the Province of Lower Austria/Working Community of the Danube Regions (ARGE Donauländer) offered to contribute a higher annual lump sum which builds the fundament of this pilot initiative.
PAC PA 3, Ms Irina Cozma (email@example.com)