Applications Open for European Cultural Foundation’s Third Idea Camp 2017!

Deadline: 20 September 2016

The European Cultural Foundation (ECF) is currently inviting applicants for its third Idea Camp 2017 entitled “Moving Communities” that will focus on the current positive, radical resistance movements that are daring to counteract anti-democratic practices.

ECF’s Idea Camp is a three-day collaborative working platform organized within the framework of Connected Action for the Commons, a network and action research programme led by ECF together with six cultural organisations from across Europe.

Co-hosted by Platoniq, the Idea Camp will take place in Spain from 1 to 3 March 2017 and will bring together 50 participants, whose emerging, groundbreaking ideas demonstrate a firm desire to contribute to fostering political imagination, building bridges and effectively contributing to the development of a society with a stronger sense of social justice.

Based on the values of sharing, inclusion and openness, the Idea Camp offers Idea Makers a unique opportunity to meet peers from diverse backgrounds and with different visions from across Europe and its neighboring countries.


  • Following the Call for Ideas, 50 participants will be selected according to the guidelines.
  • ECF will cover travel costs and all expenses related to the stay in Spain during the Idea Camp for a maximum of one representative for each idea.
  • After the Idea Camp, participants will be invited to submit a concrete plan for further research or investigation of their ideas.
  • A total of 25 proposals will be selected and consequently awarded an R&D Grant, up to a maximum of €10,000 each.

Idea Camps (2014-2017)

  • The Idea Camp 2014 took place in Marseille, France and focused on the topic “Connected Action for Public Space“.
  • The Idea Camp 2015 took place in Botkyrka, Sweden under the theme “Build the City”, applying the principles and ethics of the commons.
  • The Idea Camp 2017 will take place in Spain on 1-3 March 2017 and will focus on the theme “Moving Communities“.

Focus Issues

  • Brings forward voices that are excluded from public debate and decision-making
  • Has an open approach to the way people can learn, share and live together
  • Applies a critical perspective to what could be a more accessible and inclusive society
  • Strengthens the vision and practice of shared communities and coexistence
  • Builds bridges across differing perspectives to help counter harmful public discourse
  • Contributes to discussions about genuine integration opportunities and people’s rights and accountability.
  • Fosters political imagination and promotes social justice, solidarity and equity among various social groups.

Selection Criteria

  • Theme
  • Clear vision
  • Cross-sectoral outreach and collaboration
  • Local urgency and European relevance
  • Significant and sustainable impact
  • Implementation potential

Eligibility Criteria

  • The call is open to individuals and representatives of collectives/organisations who are:
    • from the private, public or civil sector and bring a fresh, cultural and critical perspective to their practice
    • based or active in EU/EFTA member states and in the wider European neighborhood
  • Applicants (whether individuals or representatives) can submit only ONE idea and therefore only one representative from each collective/ organisation can attend the Idea Camp.
  • Ideas must be submitted in English and attendees must have a comfortable proficiency in English in order to participate in the Idea Camp.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via website.

Eligible Countries

Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Kosovo, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia (FYROM), Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, The Netherlands, Norway, Palestinian Territories, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom.

For more information, please visit ECF Idea Camp 2017.

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