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FAQs

Take a look through this list of frequently asked questions relating to Creative Europe. FAQs for Specific Calls may be found on the Funding and Tenders Portal.

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Creative Europe is the European Commission's flagship programme to support the culture and audiovisual sectors. The current programme will run from 2021-2027

Creative Europe is open to eligible companies and organisations depending on each individual funding strand. The majority of funding calls are not open to applications from individuals but circa 250,000 individual artists, cultural & audiovisual professionals receive funding through projects submitted by organisations.

Individual artists can apply for grants under the i-Portunus mobility for artists and cultural professionals (excluding audiovisual workers).

In addition to the 27 member states of the EU, a number of other countries can participate in the Creative Europe programme: List of non-EU Participating Countries in the Creative Europe Programme

The following countries are considered countries with a low audiovisual capacity:

LCC group A: Croatia, Czechia, Estonia, Greece, Poland, Portugal, Romania

LCC group B: Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro,North Macedonia, Republic of Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia.

Applications for all funding calls are created and submitted through the Funding and Tenders Portal of the EU Commission. More information can be found on our How To Apply page.

Creative Europe funding is considered a grant rather than a repayable loan provided that the funding is spent accordingly.

You can contact Creative Europe Desk Ireland for assistance with your application.

Most technical queries can be answered through the Online Manual and the Funding & Tenders Portal FAQ. You can also contact the IT Helpdesk in Brussels for further assistance.

The Executive Agency (EACEA) has a database of experts who have a high level of expertise in the programmes managed by the Agency. These experts will assess applications from their field of expertise (for example, an experienced translator or publisher would review applications for the Literary Translation funding opportunity).

Experts usually only review applications from outside their country of residence to ensure that there is no conflict of interest.

All applications are assessed by two independent experts.

Information on how to work as an expert and register your interest can be found on the European Commission's Work as an Expert opportunities page.

All applicants will receive notification by email of their results approximately 5 months after they submit their application. The notification letters are uploaded to the applicants profile on the Funding and Tenders Portal.

Once the applicants are notified by email of their results, the awards are published on the funding and tenders portal and then communicated on Creative Europe information channels such as social media, newsletters and press releases.

Creative Europe Desks operate in the EU Member States and in most of the other countries taking part in the Creative Europe programme. Their role is to promote the programme at local, regional and national level and to assist potential applicants.

The European Education & Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) manages funding for education, culture, audiovisual, sport, citizenship and volunteering including the Creative Europe Programme.

Beneficiaries are obliged to display the EU flag and to acknowledge the support received under the relevant EU programmes in all communication and promotional material. For usage guidelines and to download the relevant files visit the EACEA website.