The Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture (NDPC) continues its support to CCI projects in NDPC area

02. juuli, 2014

NDPC-logo20161111The 2nd call for CCI projects is directed to the CCI operators that have been supported by the NDPC’s CCIP 1st call, to operators of the projects that had been successfully carried out and reported.

The 2nd call is intended for a new, more developed phase of the projects & network building and activities, for reaching higher objectives and greater visibility of the CCI projects and networks involved. The success indicators of the previous projects will be taken in to account when assessing new projects. 

Up to four projects are planned to be supported, main criteria being the projected results, network building, impact, geography of participation and innovative cross-sector collaboration. 


  • To strengthen the cultural and creative industries sector (CCI) in NDPC countries (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Norway, Russia, Sweden);
  • To help create platforms that support collaboration, to create an international market for the product in the future (international festivals, shows, show cases, professional events, exhibitions etc);
  • To promote the CCI through the selection of the strategic projects to improve the quality of life in the Northern Dimension area (culture and creative industries& economy).

Target groups

  • •Group/organization, intermediating projects that benefit a larger group of operators, development organizations, providing information services, development of knowledge base and consulting services, in their respective fields, for different CCI actors e.g. creative industries developers, policy-makers and key interest groups internationally, within the Northern Dimension area.
  • •Group/organization that supports the sector, intermediating different parts of creative industries sectors (private/public), facilitating market access for goods and services, operating between producers of goods and services, providing services, and distributors.

Networking and activities

The programme will forge, develop and stimulate open networks of the Northern Dimension countries with an overall goal to achieve economic success by means of development and promotion of culture products and services of high added value.

The activities shall increase the capacity of creative industries sector via:


•        Creation of new joint products.

•        Establishment of new CCI business chains and networks.

•        Development of international relations and international integration.

•        Building of creative communities.

Who can apply

Groups or organisations that have previously received NDPC CCIP support and have carried out the project fulfilling the requirements of the application and the grant. Applications can be made by an organization/-s from one or several ND partner countries provided they were part of the already supported project.

Assessment criteria



  • •Applicants shall represent ND partner countries with involvement of Russia.
  • •The Projects´ activities as well as short-term and long-term results should cover and benefit as many ND countries as possible.
  • Projects should have involvement of all NDPC countries in one way or another (participants, experts, events, exhibitions, networking, knowledge transfer, etc).


CCI Sectors


Projects facilitating development, exports and internalization in cultural and creative industries in the NDPC area shall be given priority.

Following the European Commission’s Green Paper “Unlocking the potential of cultural and creative industries”, the cultural and creative industries sectors are described as follows:


“Cultural industries” are those industries producing and distributing goods or services which at the time they are developed are considered to have a specific attribute, use or purpose which embodies or conveys cultural expressions, irrespective of the commercial value they may have. Besides the traditional arts sectors (performing arts, visual arts, cultural heritage – including the public sector), they include film, DVD and video, television and radio, video games, new media, music, books and press. This concept is defined in relation to cultural expressions in the context of the 2005 UNESCO Convention on the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions.

“Creative industries” are those industries which use culture as an input and have a cultural dimension, although their outputs are mainly functional.

They include architecture and design, which integrate creative elements into wider processes, as well as subsectors such as graphic design, fashion design, advertising.

At a more peripheral level, many other industries rely on content production for their own development and are therefore to some extend interdependent with CCIs. They include among others tourism and the new technologies sector.

Specific criteria

  • •The project should aim at a wide and strong CCI network development in the NDPC area with a clear focus on project/ network feasibility.
  • •The network and activities should have an impact on the identified target market(s) and on the participating operators.
  • •The network and activities should stimulate the participants’ future operations within the same context.
  • •Planned cross- sector collaboration with possible spill-over effects in other sectors will be considered an advantage.



English shall be the project application language.

Funding / support

  • •The grant covers a maximum of 65 % of the total project expenses, to further empower the networks and strengthen the project impact.
  • •The organisations/networks themselves should cover the remaining costs of the budget and specify in the application how this will be achieved.
  • •Funding available per project is planned be up to 40 000 EUR.
  • •Funding in- kind should be documented and proved.
  • •Funding can be granted for project activities lasting from three months up to one year.
  • •Activities should be completed by the end of 2015.
  • •CCIP does not cover costs incurred before the application deadline.



Application and reporting process

  • •The CCIP programme’s 2nd call is open for applications until August 18, 2014. The application deadline is by the end of the day of August 18.
  • •The assessment of the applications by experts designated by NDPC will take within one month after the application deadline.
  • •Schedule for payment: after the applicant has agreed to the contract by adding the bank details into the NDPC electronic project management system, 85% of the grant will be paid. When the Final Report including accounts has been submitted and approved, the remaining 15% of the grant will be paid. The Final Report has to be submitted no later than three months after the end of project date as indicated in the application. NDPC may require that an independent audit shall take place.
  • •The CCIP is managed through the NDPC electronic project management system, including project applications and reporting.



Ilze Gailite Holmberg

Senior Adviser

Northern Dimension Partnership on Culture

Mobile ph. + 371 29353786

Office ph. + 371 67820089;

Nordic Council of Ministers’ Office in Latvia

Marijas 13/3 (Berga Bazars)

Riga, LV 1050