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The performance “HUMAN IN BALANCE” by DON GNU was developed as a part of European Capital of Culture Aarhus 2017 in collaboration with the Cypriot Dance House Lemesos and Bora Bora - Dance and Visual Theatre. The performance also participated in our regional festival REDISCOVER in 2019. Photo: Christoffer Brekne/Aarhus 2017.

Collaborations across borders help create development in the cultural industry. Meeting other cultures, working methods and experiences can result in new knowledge, inspiration and innovation. But our experiences show that for many cultural actors it is a challenge to gather the necessary resources to establish a European collaboration and/or to create EU applications. That is why the European Region of Culture has decided to offer micro funds that will help cultural actors in Central Denmark Region in the early stages of a European collaboration project.

"The micro fund aims to make as big a positive difference as possible. Therefore, we would like to see applicants from cultural actors who do not have much international experience, or projects from actors who want to explore a new, international path," says Louise Godt, EU cultural advisor in our programme Shortcut to Europe.

The funds are both for cultural actors that wish to apply for European financing and cultural actors that simply seek new partners or inspiration.

Purpose of the micro funds:

To support the preliminary stages of European culture projects involving cultural actors in Central Denmark Region with a special focus on actors, who does not have a lot of experience working with EU projects.

What can you apply for?

  • Project development
  • Participation in partner meetings
  • Application writing for EU projects

You cannot apply for:

  • Fully developed or previously supported projects
  • Study trips with no relation to a project
  • Expenses of foreign partners

Requirements for the application:

  • Motivation and content of the culture project
  • Description of the European relevance of the project
  • Description of partners and organization
  • Budget

The maximum amount of support is DKK 30.000 and there is no requirement for co-financing.

The applicant commits to participating in a dialogue with European Region of Culture and the consultants in the Shortcut to Europe-programme.

Eligibility criteria:

Our assessment of the applications is based on:

  • The professional content and realism of the project
  • The European relevance of the project
  • The organization and partnership of the project

Who can apply?

Cultural institutions, associations or public organizations working with art and culture can apply for the micro funds. Municipalities and educational institutions can apply in partnership with cultural actors. Artists and other individuals can take part in applications through partnerships. Be aware that you need a CVR number to receive support from the micro funds.

Application deadlines:

Future application deadlines are:

  • March 1, 2022 at 12.00 PM
  • June 1, 2022 at 12.00 PM

Application process:

The Secretariat of European Region of Culture is responsible for the administration of the Micro Funds. The direct dialogue and guidance take place between applicants and the consultants in the internationalization project Shortcut to Europe.

In the further process, the Secretariat of European Region of Culture and Shortcut to Europe will make the assessments of the incoming applications.

We reply to applications approximately 3-4 weeks after the application deadline.

As we have limited funds, it will be possible to experience that qualified projects cannot gain a grant.


The applicant commits to participating in a dialogue with European Region of Culture and the consultants in the Shortcut to Europe-programme.

After the completion of the project, the applicant is obliged to hand in an economic overview and a minor evaluation to Shortcut to Europe.

Read more about Shortcut to Europe here

Application form:

Download the application form here

Send your application to – please remember to write which fund you are applying for in the e-mail subject.


For further information or questions about the micro funds, you are always welcome to contact us:

Mie Pedersen
Development Consultant, Central Denmark Region
Phone: +45 21 54 87 60

Louise Godt
EU Cultural Advisor, Central Denmark EU Office
Phone: +45 25 25 03 33