To become a Centre culturel de rencontre implies the observation of the French or European Charters, depending on the geographical location of the prospective centre.
The criteria for designation as a Centre culturel de rencontre are as follows:
- to occupy a monument or major site of interest which has architectural, historic, scientific or aesthetic interest, and which is open to visitors;
- to be the subject of legislation which guarantees the autonomy of the establishment, as well as its non-profit nature and its opening to the public;
- to implement, in a permanent manner throughout the year, a cultural project which aims, in a defined field, to develop activities in research, creation and to bring people together;
- to participate in key local and regional development activities.
Projects situated in France must in addition undertake a partnership with local authorities and the State, which will be defined by an agreement.