Creative Europe Culture Sub-programme

The culture sub-programme has a budget of EUR 454.8 million for the period 2014-2020. It provides funding to organisations who work in the field of culture and heritage. The programme offers four separate funding schemes:

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The cultural and creative sectors express Europe's immensely rich and diverse cultural heritage, and contribute to the development of our societies.  These sectors play a major role in the European economy and help generate growth and jobs.  Creative Europe is designed to protect and promote cultural and linguistic diversity in the EU, strengthen the competitiveness of these sectors and open up new markets, opportunities and audiences for those involved.

The overall objectives of the programme are to:

  • Support the capacity of European cultural and creative sectors to operate transnationally
  • Promote the transnational circulation of cultural and creative works and operators to reach new audiences in Europe and beyond
  • Strengthen the financial capacity of the cultural and creative sectors, and in particular small and medium-sized enterprises and organisations
  • Support transnational policy cooperation in order to foster policy development, innovation, audience building and new business models

The priorities in the Culture Sub-programme are to:

  • Strengthen the sector's capacity by supporting actions that provide operators with skills and know how particularly in the digital technologies area, testing new approaches to audience building and new business models
  • Support actions that enable operators to internationalise their careers
  • Strengthen European cultural networks
  • Promote the transnational circulation of work (international touring, events, exhibitions, literature)
  • Support audience building in order to stimulate interest in European cultural works

Who is eligible to apply for Creative Europe Culture Sub-programme funding?

Organisations with legal status for two years (from the date of deadline for submission of applications) based in one of the eligible countries listed below, whose work lies in the field of culture, can apply for Culture Sub-programme funding.  Activities dedicated exclusively to the audio-visual sectors are not eligible under the Culture Sub-programme.  Audio-visual activities are supported through the Media sub-programme. However, audio-visual activities may be eligible for the Culture Sub-programme as long as they are ancillary to activities dedicated to non-audiovisual cultural and creative sectors.

Eligible countries

  • EU Member States (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom);
  • European Economic Area (EEA) countries (Norway);
  • The Swiss Confederation, on the basis of a bilateral agreement to be concluded with that country;
  • Countries candidate to EU membership (Iceland, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey and Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia);
  • Countries of the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina);
  • Countries covered by the European Neighbourhood Policy provided agreements have been signed by those countries for the participation in the programme:  Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, Israel*.

Please see here for the most up to date list of countries that fulfill conditions and with which the Commission has begun negotiations.

*Final selection of projects is subject to the signing and notification of the Agreement with the EU on their participation in Creative Europe before the award decisions for those projects  are adopted.