1. Call for Proposals for new Living Labs from RECHARGE NEXT:

After a busy year, the consortium of the RECHARGE project developed three Cultural Heritage Living Labs working on specific participatory cultural business models. Now the project is launching RECHARGE NEXT, a call for proposals that will allow 6 more institutions / organisations to take part in RECHARGE and get funding to develop a participatory cultural business model and establish a new Living Lab to test it.

All institutions interested should check out:

where they will find a thorough explanation of what RECHARGE NEXT is and how it will unfold in the next two years, as well as series of important downloadable documents: Application Guidelines, Participatory Cultural Business Model Canvas (PCBM), Mentorship Document, Explanation on Business Models and RECHARGE Playbook.

The submission deadline is February 29 2024, and results will be communicated by March 27, 2024. For questions, please get in touch with Úna Hussey [email protected] or Marta Franceschini [email protected]

2. European Heritage Hub Small Grants Scheme - deadline 31 March 2024 [European Heritage Hub, EU funding]

The European Heritage Hub Small Grants Scheme for heritage-related projects is open to civil society organisations based in 11 neighbouring countries of the European Union: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Moldova, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia and Ukraine. It aims at projects focused on building the capacity of civil society; enhancing the role of heritage for the triple transformation; or encouraging peace-building and reconciliation, among others. Projects are also expected to contribute to the principles of the five pillars of the European Framework for Action on Cultural Heritage reflecting the common set-up for heritage-related activities at European level, primarily in EU policies and programmes. Grants will range from 2,000 - 50,000 EUR, depending on the size of the project. The scheme is part of the EU-funded European Heritage Hub pilot project and has the support of ALIPH Foundation, as an associate partner of the European Heritage Hub. Find more information on the eligibility and selection criteria and how to apply here.

3. European Heritage Days 2024: Routes, Networks and Connections [Council of Europe / European Union]

The European Heritage Days is a joint action of the Council of Europe and the European Union, which takes place every year in September in the countries party to the European Cultural Convention. Every year there is a theme for European Heritage Days, which all participating countries are encouraged to adopt for their annual programme. In order to help participants to think about how to deliver the 2024 programme based on the theme of ‘Routes, Networks and Connections’, a brochure is available here. At the heart of this year’s theme is the notion that our heritage, in both its tangible and intangible forms, has much to tell us about how peoples, communities, countries and cultures have long been connected, and how they continue to be, through common values, shared practices and a desire to protect and share the stories and places that make up our individual and collective histories.

4. Call for European Heritage Days Stories 2024 [Council of Europe / European Union]

The Call for European Heritage Days Stories is an initiative designed to spotlight the narratives behind European Heritage Days events. It provides a platform for passionate individuals, organizations, and associations to share their stories. Launched during the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage, this initiative continues to build on the successes of the European Framework for Action on Cultural Heritage, ensuring the enduring impact of cultural heritage events. The deadline for submission is March 15. Read all about the call: https://culture.ec.europa.eu/news/the-2024-call-for-european-heritage-days-stories-is-now-open

5. Preserving Legacies: A Future for Our Past [Climate Heritage Network / International Council on Monuments and Sites]

To safeguard cultural heritage, there is an urgent need to equip communities worldwide with the tools to accurately anticipate worsening and future climate impacts, and empower them with training to turn that scientific knowledge into action that will safeguard sites, support community adaptation, and plan for unavoidable loss and damage. To address this challenge, a new global initiative ‘Preserving Legacies: A Future for Our Past’ was launched in 2023 as a collaboration between the Climate Heritage Network and the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) with the support of the National Geographic Society and Manulife. The Preserving Legacies project is a training program that equips site managers and community leaders with the scientific knowledge and technical training to develop place and people-based climate change adaptation plans. Learn more about the project https://www.heritageadapts.org

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