The First Call for Outcome 1 "Cultural heritage management enhanced", Output 1.2 " Cultural heritage objects made digitally accessible" will be announced in March. Projects worth a total of € 1,000,000 will be supported, with a maximum and minimum of € 350,000 and € 150,000 per project respectively.
The goal of the procedure is to improve the conditions of access to cultural heritage by supporting projects that will document and digitize it for the first time in order to promote and preserve it for future generations.
The call will focus on projects through which cultural operators can build capacity and acquire the necessary material and technical base for the construction of digital laboratories to be able to conduct comprehensive programs for digitization of movable cultural heritage. The procedure will also support projects aimed at upgrading the capacity and expanding the activities of existing digital laboratories established under the BG08 "Cultural Heritage and Contemporary Arts" Programme funded by the EEA FM 2009-2014.
Eligible applicants are budgetary organizations whose activities are carried out in the cultural or creative sector, including municipalities and district administrations. Eligible partners under this Call are all non-commercial public or private organizations, as well as non-profit organizations established as legal entities in Bulgaria or in a donor state under the Programme (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway). The submission of the documents will be done with an electronic signature in the EUMIS 2020 system. Application Guidelines will be published with the Call, and the applicants will be able to request written explanations about the procedure from the Programme Operator at the following address: email@example.com. In order to ensure equal treatment of applicants, the PO will not provide explanations that contain an opinion on the quality of a specific project proposal. Explanations are given regarding the application conditions and are mandatory for all applicants. The questions and explanations will be published on the following websites: https://www.eeagrants.bg/programi/kultura and https://eumis2020.government.bg.
The Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area 2014-2021 provides funds given by Kingdom of Norway, Republic of Iceland and Principality of Liechtenstein. The aim is to reduce the economic and social disparities in Europe and to strengthen the bilateral relations between the Donor States and the Beneficiary States through funding of a couple of priority sectors (culture, civil society, good management, fundamental rights and freedoms).