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The SHIFT partners wish to use the Eco-Guidelines as a basis for a certification scheme that introduces the rigour required to influence change in their organisations.


Please find some Frequently Asked Questions on the proposal sent to potential external partners.

Take a look at some FAQs below:

  •  Are there any minimum requirements for certifying organisations (for instance, in terms of economic and human resources or infrastructure)?
There are no minimum requirements as such, however, it is preferable if the organisation / consortium has some experience in this area of work.
  • Regarding the certification, is it possible to carry out an online certification process or does it require visits to the network organisations? What is the geographical scope of the audited networks?
A hybrid structure with a combination of both online and on site would be ideal. The majority of networks participating in the pilot are located in France, the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany with one additional network based in Sweden (Lund).
  • Regarding the fundraising for the certification: beyond the members’ fees, do you have planned to apply to EU funds or do you have already a minimum budget to allocate to this project?
Based on the proposal and potential scenarios, the group of networks shall adapt and fundraise accordingly and acknowledge that a cash investment from the side of the networks is necessary in this process.
  • How many other organisations have been invited to present their proposals?
ca 10 organisations (that can either directly apply or recommend some people).
  • What is the nature of the participatory governance

Overall, there is an eagerness to co-develop the certification from the committed networks. This would include decision making processes.

The idea is to open the process to a larger catchment of networks, and we believe that many networks would be interested in becoming part of the process.


  • What is the market potential of the SHIFT Eco Certificate?

In the beginning, the focus is on defining what participants must put in and what they will get out of the process. Once this is defined, there is a chance to develop a clearer idea of where it can grow to.

The development committee envisions the success and growth of the certification scheme as spanning over several years rather than immediate.

In the long run, the development committee sees the potential for the certification scheme reaching beyond cultural networks to those involved in social, private, and public sectors, perhaps also developing to local/national level.


  • In relation to connecting to new networks, is this a collaborative or will it be controlled by one single person/side?

This will be a joint effort.


  • For the initial phases, is there a sense of how much a member of the Eco label would pay?

In the initial meetings, we have set this as 1-2k as an annual contribution but are conscious that we must be more specific about what is included in which phase within that and what that entitles a member to.


  • Would it be a reason to be excluded from the selection process if we would start later then the timeline in the request for proposals?

It’s important to include your possible starting date in your proposal. A later start is not a reason for exclusion.


  • What are the expectations for investment from partners/ fundraising?

The development committee have already began looking at potential sources of funding including the possibility to apply for EU funding through Creative Europe.

There might also be the potential opportunity for private, national, local funding and in general, the intention is to fundraise together.

Concrete ideas for fundraising should be put outlined in the application.