The grant system will fund projects designed to strengthen sustainable regional development in one or more of the four EU macro-regions through the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe.

The activities carried out in this framework will support local economies in an innovative and sustainable manner and contribute to the visibility of the four macro-regions. Projects must be implemented by Cultural Routes certified by the Council of Europe in the Adriatic and Ionian, Alpine, Baltic Sea and Danube region.

Means of action

  • Use of an original product brand. Products will be produced by small and medium size enterprises, local producers, craftsmen, artists linked to the certified Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe in the Adriatic and Ionian, the Alpine, the Baltic Sea and the Danube region;
  • Creation of sustainable and innovative touristic offers, focusing on specific needs of the local area, the cross border regions or the macro-region;
  • Use of a Cultural Routes Card with discounts and advantages provided to the card holders within at least one of the 4 EU Macro-regions;
  • Signposting of a certified Cultural Route in at least three countries of an EU macro-region.

Implementation period: Projects should start on Thursday, 13 November 2018 and shall not extend beyond Monday, 1 July 2019.

Budget: Eight grants of a maximum amount of 10 000 Euros (ten thousand Euros) each.

Eligibility criteria: Be the legally constituted body in charge of a network certified “Cultural Route of the Council of Europe”

Deadline for application: Friday, 14 September 2018 (instead of Friday, 31 August 2018). The deadline has been extended to allow more time for potential grantees to submit their proposals.


If you wish to apply, please download and read carefully the following documents:

Call for proposals (revised on 09.07.2018)

Appendix I - Application form

Appendix II - Estimated budget

Appendix III - Grant form (for information only)

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