PPPA - Pilot Project - Establishing a European Heritage Hub to support a holistic and cost-effective follow-up of the European Year of Cultural Heritage

Deadline :
October 18, 2022 5:00 PM

Brussels time

Project Duration:
Max. 24 months
Funding available:
EUR 2,883,300
Partners required:
At least 2 applicants

Funding programme

Pilot projects (PP) and Preparatory Actions (PA) introduce new initiatives that might turn into standing EU funding programmes.

Call overview

This call aims to establish a European Heritage Hub.


The main objective of the action to support the establishment of a European Heritage Hub is to:

  • promote a joint action, by pooling cross-sectorial expertise and resources – both public and private – in the cultural heritage sector;
  • promote a holistic and integrated approach to cultural heritage policies at all levels (at EU level and/or transnationally, national and regional levels) and contribute to its implementation, in line with the European Framework for Action published by the European Commission in 2018 ;
  • monitor the inclusion of cultural heritage dimension into relevant policies at EU, national - and where relevant - regional and local levels;
  • provide the Commission with relevant data, analysis, studies and recommendations on how to better integrate the heritage dimension in public policies at all public sectors levels, with regard to the five sectors identified in the European Framework of actions on cultural heritage;
  • promote innovative models of participatory governance and management of cultural heritage, involving all stakeholders, including public authorities, the cultural heritage sector, private actors and civil society organisations.

Themes and priorities

Applications should also ensure that proposals targets all the following aspects:

  • promote inclusiveness, diversity and equality in the field of cultural heritage, notably by addressing all people, and in particular young and elderly people through communication campaigns (online and offline), engaging and empowering projects as well as offering training opportunities
  • advocate solutions which make cultural heritage accessible to all by removing social, cultural and physical barriers, taking into account people with special needs
  • contribute to the green transformation and the fight against climate change and environmental degradation, notably by mobilising cultural heritage stakeholders to address the most pressing topics of environmental threats, climate change and cultural heritage, both as a threat to cultural heritage and as an opportunity to develop adaptation and mitigation measures, building on the recommendations of the OMC report: “Strengthening Cultural Heritage Resilience for Climate Change” (to be launched in late 2022)
  • facilitate interactive online advocacy and develop a knowledge platform gathering relevant policy and project documents and news from cultural heritage stakeholders at all governance levels. If possible, this platform should be in more than one language
  • to conduct research and analysis of important topical issues, emerging trends and phenomena with regards to cultural heritage to support evidenced-based policy-making
  • to arrange capacity-building activities of cultural heritage organisations with regards, among others, to EU policies, programmes, funding opportunities as well as the green and digital transition
  • to foster synergies and when possible arrange joint projects or actions – for example between projects funded by the Creative Europe programme (including European Heritage Label), by the Erasmus+ programme, by the European Solidarity Corps or by the Horizon Europe programme
  • to deepen the educational value and awareness of Europe’s cultural heritage ecosystem especially to younger generations during and following the European Year of Youth
  • to contribute to the safeguarding of cultural heritage at risk, from sudden and catastrophic events as well as from gradual and cumulative processes

Activities that can be funded

Activities should cover develop at least the following elements, as explained in the Call Document. Additional activities can be included in the project proposal.

  1. Knowledge sharing
  2. Networking
  3. Training and capacity building
  4. A policy lab
  5. A programme development lab
  6. Communication and dissemination

Available Budget

The available call budget is EUR 2 883 300.


In order to be eligible, the applicants (beneficiaries and affiliated entities) must:

- be legal entities (public or private bodies)

- be established in one of the eligible countries, i.e.:

  • EU Member States (including overseas countries and territories (OCTs))
  • non-EU countries: not applicable

- other eligibility conditions: not applicable

Consortium composition

Both applications by single applicants and proposals submitted by a consortium are allowed. The applicant, either a single entity or a consortium, should have a special expertise and knowledge on cultural heritage.

A consortium must be of at least 2 applicants (beneficiaries; not affiliated entities), which complies with the following conditions:

  • no maximum number of project beneficiaries in the consortium
  • all project beneficiaries (single or multiple beneficiaries) have to comply with the eligibility criteria (Eligible participants (eligible countries)).

Project Duration

Projects should not normally exceed 24 months.

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Deadline :
October 18, 2022 5:00 PM

Brussels time

Project Duration:
Max. 24 months
Funding available:
EUR 2,883,300
Partners required:
At least 2 applicants