Creative Europe

Creative Europe
EU programme for Culture & Audiovisual


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What is it about?

Creative Europe is the European Commission’s framework programme for support to the culture and audiovisual sectors.

Following on from the previous Culture Programme  and MEDIA programme , Creative Europe, with a budget of €1.46 billion (9% higher than its predecessors), will support:

The programme consists of two sub-programmes; the Culture sub-programme to promote the culture sector, and the MEDIA sub-programme to support the audiovisual sector.

What does it intend to achieve?

Creative Europe’s stated aims are to:

  • Help the cultural and creative sectors seize the opportunities of the digital age and globalisation;
  • Enable the sectors to reach their economic potential, contributing to sustainable growth, jobs, and social cohesion;
  • Give Europe’s culture and media sectors access to new international opportunities, markets, and audiences.

This will, specifically, involve providing funding for:

  • 250,000 artists and cultural professionals,
  • 2,000 cinemas
  • 800 films
  • 4,500 book translations

A financial guarantee facility of up to €750 million for small businesses active in the sector will also be established in 2016.

Who can take part?

The Creative Europe programme is open to cultural and creative organisations from EU Member States, as well as non-EU Member States.

More information on eligibility can be found in the note on eligibility of non-EU countries , as well as in the specific opportunity pages.

How can I apply?

Individuals and organisations interested in applying for opportunities can find out more in the individual pages for:


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Culture Programme

The Culture Programme has been established to enhance the cultural area shared by Europeans, which is based on a common cultural heritage, through the development of cooperation activities among cultural operators from eligible countries, with a view to encouraging the emergence of European citizenship.

The aim of the multi-annual Culture Programme is to encourage and support cultural cooperation within Europe in order to bring the European common cultural heritage to the fore. The Programme proposes funding opportunities to all cultural sections and all categories of cultural operators contributing to the development of cultural cooperation at European level, with a view to encouraging the emergence of European citizenship.The programme mainly promotes:

  • trans national mobility of cultural players;
  • trans national circulation of artistic and cultural works and products;
  • intercultural dialogue and exchanges.

With a total budget of 400 million EUR for 2007 – 2013 the Programme allows to co-finance around 300 different cultural actions per year.

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