Open competition for the ProMuseus program with support of one million euros | Cultural Policy

The Support Program for Museums of the Portuguese Museums Network (ProMuseus)​, which aims to support the qualification of the Portuguese Museums Network, has one million euros to allocate this year, indicates the notice of opening of applications published this Thursday in Republic Diary.

In 2023, the “​preferred areas to support” are: study, research and exhibitions; inventory, documentation and digitization of collections; accessibility and inclusion; team training; and partnerships.

“The maximum amount of support to be allocated per application to each ProMuseus support area in 2023, and whose value cannot exceed 60% of the amount considered eligible for the submitted application, is fifty thousand euros, with the exception of the partnership area, whose maximum value is seventy thousand euros”, informs the notice.

The deadline for submitting applications to the ProMuseus, which is managed by the Directorate-General for Cultural Heritage (DGPC), is 60 continuous days from the day following the publication of the notice, according to the text signed by João Carlos Santos, director-general of Cultural Heritage.

This Tuesday, it was published in Republic Diary one normative order which approved amendments to the ProMuseus regulations, with a view to “reactivating” the program, “in order to adapt it to the changes registered in the museological panorama since 2006”, the year in which it was created.

According to that dispatch, with regard to the evaluation criteria for applications — with projects being classified on a scale of 0 to 20 points —, “a bonus of five points is awarded to all projects that compete for the preferential areas defined in the invitation to tender”.

Projects competing in the area of ​​partnerships are awarded an additional bonus of 2.5 points, read further.

The regulation applies to museums that are part of the Portuguese Museums Network, with the exception of museums dependent on the central administration (DGPC and Regional Directorates of Culture), under the terms of the Framework Law for Portuguese Museums.

In addition to fulfilling the application’s instruction requirements, the jury will evaluate according to the following criteria: suitability of the project to the mission, objectives and also the problems identified by the museum; innovative nature of the projects; sustainability of projects; coherence between the application and the qualification of the museum.

The regulation describes to interested parties the steps and documents necessary to formalize the applications, namely the technical and financial execution report model of the project, as well as the objectives.

ProMuseus aims to “encourage the qualification of Portuguese museums, contribute to the preservation of cultural heritage and improve the provision of services to the public”, according to the document.

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