Along with the direct funding offered through the Culture Sub-Programme, the European Commission also funds support measures for Special Actions. These actions are designed to raise awareness of Europe’s culture and heritage sectors by rewarding achievement and highlighting excellence.

The Special Actions include:

European Capitals of Culture 

Galway is designated Capital of Culture 2020.  Read their bid book and find out about their plans for 2020 here.

European Heritage Days

Look out for more information soon on 2018 Year of Cultural Heritage!

European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage

In March 2016 the Little Museum of Dublin was awarded a 2016 European Union prize for cultural heritage, the Europa Nostra Award.  The prize is Europe’s highest honour in the heritage field and is supported by Creative Europe.  On the Little Museum of Dublin, which was chosen in the education, training and awareness raising category, the independent jury commented on its ‘innovative and creative approach to establishing a museum about the people’s history of a city’.

European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture



European Heritage Label



European Border Breakers Award (Music)


European Union Prize for Literature


European Union Prix MEDIA

Please visit the European Commission Special Actions page here for more information.