The current situation caused by the corona pandemic forces us to think differently about international mobility. The meaning of mobility has to reinvent itself within the new normal, acknowledging digital work, quickly changing country codes, quarantine rules and the temporary closing of borders, regions or specific areas. The current regulations have a huge impact on cultural life as we know it, and especially on cultural practitioners. Safety must prevail of course. However, the cultural sector has been hit hard in its core business with hundreds of thousands of artists and culture professionals having lost income from one day to another. Even in times of crisis it should be possible for people to perform their job. For some, this job includes travel. For many in the cultural sector, mobility is more necessary than ever, but also more challenging than ever. Therefore, the consortium that manages i-Portunus decided to continue to offer international mobility, where and when possible. We believe that providing financial support to artists, creators and culture professionals, via a mobility scheme where they can apply directly based on their needs, will help them to continue to work.
If, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the artist/creator/cultural professional is unable to travel to the planned destination, he/she can resort to one of the following options, in the following order:
- Postpone the mobility: grantees have the possibility to travel until November 2021.
- Change of destination: the artist/creator/cultural professional can change his/her destination
- Blended mobility: virtual international collaboration with the destination country, or other forms such as remote residency, virtual mobility.
If you find yourself in the situation you have to postpone the inital mobility, please get in touch with the i-Portunus team through email@example.com, and inform them about the change in travel dates. Your mobility can take place with a maximum arrival date of 30 November 2021.
If you find yourself in the situation you have to alter your destination, please get in touch with the i-Portunus team through firstname.lastname@example.org, and inform them about the change in travel destination. In circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic the destination can be changed during the selection procedure up to 10 days before the actual travel date. Please purchase your flight tickets as close as possible to the actual mobility date, in order to avoid cancellation. Any cancellation fees will be included in the final amount granted and cannot be requested in addition to it.
If, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you are unable to travel to the planned destination and if postponing and changing destination does no longer work, you can propose an alternative plan of accomplishing objectives outlined in your project proposal (considering also forms of digital and blended mobility). This alternative plan will bring a new qualitative element to the approved project and should ideally have a tangible result, such as i.a. drawings, video recordings, papers, mappings, compositions, notes, texts, recommendations, online papers, etc. Digital or blended mobility can for example take the form of virtual international collaboration with the destination country, remote residency, or virtual mobility.
In this case, please get in touch with the i-Portunus team through email@example.com.
Yes, the UK is still eligible to apply for the i-Portunus program.
Creative Europe countries: Albania, Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo*, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, The Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Tunisia, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. As well as their overseas countries and territories: Greenland, New Caledonia and Dependencies, French Polynesia, French Southern and Antarctic Territories, Wallis and Futuna Islands, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Saint-Barthélemy, Aruba, Netherlands Antilles (Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten), Anguilla, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, Montserrat, Pitcairn, Saint Helena and Dependencies, British Antarctic Territory, British Indian Ocean Territory, Turks and Caicos Islands, British Virgin Islands, Bermuda.
*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.
Group Applications up to 5 people are eligible. We define ‘a group’ as a fixed amount of people (up to 5) having the same coherent mobility project. People from the group can come from and return to different countries, but the mobility project requires the group to travel to the same country of destination, and to the extent possible and as appropriate arriving and leaving on the same dates: the mobility must focus on one single group project. If one (or several) person(s) from this group will not undertake a trans-national mobility the person(s) in question will not receive the support: i-Portunus only supports individual artists and cultural professionals who undertake a trans-national mobility (for exemptions because of the COVID-19 pandemic, please see the COVID-19 chapter in the FAQ).
For group applications one person should submit an application for the entire group, including the name, nationality, date of birth and country of residence of all the other group members in the Application Form. The representative is requested to submit one CV and one artistic portfolio, both embodying the group as a whole.
If group members plan to have different durations of the mobility, or travel to different destinations, then the group is not eligible and it is better to apply individually.
A member of your group cannot act as a host organisation.
If any member of your group has previously received i-Portunus mobility support, your application will be rejected.
The total number of days must be minimum 7 days (not less), and the maximum is 60 days (not more). Shorter duration is possible under duly justified cases. Longer mobility is possible but the maximum grant budget/person cannot exceed 3.000,00 EUR.
The mobility must focus on one project, but can be continuous or segmented:
- A continuous mobility means that you have one round-trip travel, or one multi-destination trip.
- A segmented mobility means that you will travel several times, to one or several destinations.
You can apply for a segmented mobility. This means that you will travel several times, to one or several destinations for the same project (not for different projects). Each trip must last a minimum of 5 days, and the total number of days still has to be between 7 and 60 days (shorter duration is possible under duly justified cases). The mobility must focus on one project.
The mobility must focus on one project. You can apply for a continuous or segmented trans-national mobility which has to focus on one single project. In case of a segmented mobility this means that you will travel several times, to one or several destinations for the same project (not for different projects). Each trip must last a minimum of 5 days, and the total number of days still has to be between 7 and 60 days.
i-Portunus provides financial support to help fund the cost of travel (transportation, accommodation etc.) to a trans-national Creative Europe country (or several of them). It can’t a mobility project within the country of residence of the applicant.
No. In this second pilot i-Portunus focuses on the sectors of music, literary translation, architecture and cultural heritage. You could check opportunities under the Creative Europe Media programme.
Yes, in this second pilot of i-Portunus you can apply between December – February and between Mid February – Mid April.
This specific pilot programme only runs until 30 November 2021. The arrival date of the last call must be before 30 November 2021. The total length of the mobility must be between 7 and 60 days (including travel days).
i-Portunus will become a permanent Action under the Creative Europe programme for 2021-2027.
To apply, you should organise a project with a host institution/ partner/ fellow. You are free to choose any host organisation or host as long as it is a professional one, and located in a trans-national Creative Europe country (or in several other countries), meaning another country than where you reside. As part of this second pilot i-Portunus collaborates with Transartists. As inspiration you could visit their database.
The evaluation will be more favorable for applications with a clear and well defined plan. Avoid vague plans and applications in order to be more successful.
In your application, you will need to:
– describe the project and its main objective,
– explain how the mobility will allow you to achieve the stated objective,
– provide documents to show that you have made plans with a partner or host institution, and that the partner/host institution is committed to your project.
Your application will be evaluated more favourably if you can show that your project is part of a plan that will lead to the development of new audiences, collaborations, career perspectives,
opportunities or other longer-term impacts.
- 18 +
- Legal resident of a Creative Europe country
- Head to my.i-portunus.eu and create an account
- Or visit the website and hit the ‘apply now’ button
- Fill in the online application form in English and submit the following information:
- Personal details
- Work Experience
- Details of planned mobility
- Information on project
- Feedback on application process
- Upload as PDF (Max 10MB):
- 1 Page CV
- Portfolio/ artistic cv (max 10 pages)
- Proof of preparation (Invitation letter etc.)
- Signed Declaration on Honour
- For group applications:
- 1 person submits application for whole group
- 1 CV and portfolio for the whole group
- CV and portfolio should reflect whole group
- Submit before the deadline
Make sure the complete 10 sections of the left menu in your Application Form are filled in and are marked with a checkmark. As soon as you filled in all the sections the button “Send application file” will appear at the bottom of the left menu (right below the Print button). If you don’t see the button “Send application file” please go through all the different sections and check what you have to complete.
You also need to fill in the “Your Feedback” section since we are keen on receiving your feedback on the application process. Since this is a pilot programme we need this feedback to improve the programme in the future.
After clicking on the “Send application file” button, you’ll receive an automated email message confirming your submission.
The application form needs to be submitted in English. For this pilot programme we work with an international group of evaluators, so if you include additional documents (cv, artistic portfolio, invitation letters) in another language we can’t guarantee the evaluators will understand and might therefore not be able to evaluate your application fully. For the most optimal result it’s better to have all documents translated in English.
The i-Portunus mobility support is a support to individuals only. In case you are selected the money should be transferred to your personal bank account, and not to the account of a partner organization or the company of the host. All payments will be made to the account mentioned above and in Euros. The cost of any bank fees will be paid by the Sub-Contractor.
For group applications:
- Group members who are staying within their own country of residence will not receive mobility support, however members of the group who do travel to another country will of course receive mobility support.
- The group cannot be a ‘company’ or a ‘legal entity’, since i-Portunus is designed for individuals
- if any member of your group has previously received i-Portunus mobility support, your application will be rejected.
- You will receive a contract, which you will be requested to sign and upload to your i-Portunus account within two weeks after the notification of results.
- You will also be asked to provide your bank account information (with BIC and IBAN code).
- After receipt of your contract and bank information, 75% of the mobility support will be transferred to your bank account.
The mobility support will be transferred to your bank account: not to the account of a partner organisation or of your host. Any bank fees will be charged to the recipient (i.e, the banks will deduct any fees from the amount we will have transferred to your account).
You can use that money to pay your expenses for the mobility. When your mobility has ended, we expect an activity report within 2 weeks after the end of your mobility, and when you send it you will receive the remaining 25% of the mobility support. If the activity report has not been submitted within 6 weeks after the end of the mobility, the remaining 25% will not be paid. Since this is a pilot programme your feedback is important to us, and that’s why we ask you to complete activity report.
i-Portunus mobility support intends to help you cover the expenses linked to your individual mobility: transport, accommodation, etc. The financial support is meant to cover the mobility of the grantee him/herself, and not only the transport of goods, art works or material.
In case you receive i-Portunus support, you agree to submit an activity report on your mobility, including proof that it took place. This proof will include electronic boarding passes/train tickets/transport and/or proof of accommodation, pictures or videos of yourself during your project, and social media posts showing your project with the hashtag #iportunus.
Yes, i-Portunus funding can be used as a match funding.
The applicant is personally in charge of spending the mobility support to cover the expenses for his/her personal mobility (mode of transport, accommodation, visa cost etc) and not for the transport of goods/art works/material.
The conditions for funding are the following:
- a fixed amount of 350,00 EUR/person for transport.
- per diems determined on a case – by – case basis depending on the duration of the mobility, and payable for each overnight stay between date of departure and date of return, with the amount depending on the destination country up to a maximum of 2.650,00 EUR/person. More information.
The maximum amount of the grant is 3.000,00 EUR/person.
Each individual will have to submit proof of their mobility:
- Electronic boarding pass/train ticket or any other proof of transport.
- Pictures of the recipient during the mobility
- Activity on social media.
i-Portunus provides a fixed lump sum depending on the length of the mobility and the destination. It is not proportional.
Regarding taxes you need to address your local / national tax authorities since every country has a different legislation. You can ask for assistance at the Creative Europe Desk in your country.
IMPORTANT! You will be responsible for paying all taxes due on the mobility support you receive. This may include double taxation. For details, see https://europa.eu/youreurope/citizens/work/taxes/double-taxation/index_en.htm.
Artists and / or cultural professionals living with a disability
Additional mobility support can be provided to artists and cultural professionals living with a disability. The applicant is invited to discuss the amount of extra support needed with the i-Portunus team via firstname.lastname@example.org.