Creative Europe funding guide published: €170 million available in 2014

Cultural and creative organisations wishing to bid for funding in 2014 through Creative Europe, the European Union’s new programme for the cultural and creative sectors, can start to prepare their grant applications from today. They will find the first details of funding opportunities (‘calls for proposals’) here. To help prepare their application, the new Creative Europe Programme Guide contains a wealth of information about the funding process. Nearly €170 million in funding is available under the programme’s first calls for 2014. Individuals cannot apply directly for grants; instead they should contact relevant organisations such as cultural associations, festivals, theatres and film distributors etc. which make the application, or their national Creative Europe desk.

“Over the next seven years, the Creative Europe programme will provide funding for transnational projects which will enable 250 000 artists and cultural professionals to reach new audiences abroad. It will also invest strongly in the European film industry, with support for 2 000 cinemas and hundreds of films. Authors and publishers will benefit from support for translation and we will continue to provide funding for the European Capitals of Culture and many other initiatives,” said Androulla Vassiliou, Commissioner for Education, Culture Multilingualism and Youth.

Creative Europe, which will have a total budget of €1.46 billion1 over the next seven years – 9% more than current levels – will support artists, cultural professionals and cultural organisations in fields such as the performing arts, fine arts, publishing, film, TV, music, video games, interdisciplinary arts, heritage and video games to operate in other countries and develop the skills that are needed in the digital age. By increasing the visibility of European cultural works in other countries, it will also promote cultural and linguistic diversity.

In addition to Culture and MEDIA sub-programmes, Creative Europe will include a cross-sector strand to support policy cooperation, transversal measures and a new financial guarantee facility, which will enable small and medium sized enterprises in the cultural and creative sectors to access up to €750 million in bank loans. The facility will be operational from 2016.


It is estimated that Creative Europe programme will enable:

  1. 250 000 artists and cultural professionals and their work to receive funding to reach new audiences beyond their home countries;
  2. More than 800 European films to receive distribution support and therefore be seen by audiences throughout Europe and the world;
  3. At least 2 000 European cinemas to benefit from the support to European cinema network enabling them to ensure that at least 50% of the films they screen are European;
  4. More than 4 500 books and other literary works to receive support for translation, allowing readers to enjoy them in their mother tongue;
  5. Thousands of cultural and audiovisual organisations and professionals to benefit from training to gain new skills and to strengthen their capacity to work internationally.

The European Capitals of Culture, the European Heritage Label, the European Heritage Days as well as 5 prizes in the field of culture and audiovisual are also supported through Creative Europe.

The new programme, which replaces the MEDIA, MEDIA Mundus and Culture programmes, will allocate 56% of its budget to the support of the cinema and audiovisual sector and 31% for culture.

The European cultural and creative sectors represent up to 4.5% of European GDP and account for some 3.8% of the EU workforce (8.5 million people).

For more information

Creative Europe video

Creative Europe Programme Guide

European Commission

Androulla Vassiliou’s website

Follow Androulla Vassiliou on Twitter @VassiliouEU

Contacts :

Dennis Abbott (+32 2 295 92 58); Twitter: @DennisAbbott

Dina Avraam (+32 2 295 96 67)

1 : €1.46 billion taking account of estimated inflation. This is the equivalent of €1.3 billion in ‘fixed’ 2011 prices.

EU Citizens’ Dialogue

It is now your turn to speak up! Take part in the upcoming EU Citizens’ Dialogue with Androulla Vassiliou, EU Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth.

The debate will be held at the Carob Mill in Limassol on 28 November 2013 at 17.30.

Please note that there will be simultaneous interpretation in English, Greek and Turkish.

For all information regarding the event, please click here


WP2014-15 Web Entrepreneurs Challenge

This objective calls for projects to create an environment in Europe that encourages more web entrepreneurs to start a business in Europe and scale it up. The focus of this topic is on entrepreneurs who use web and mobile technologies as main components in their innovation with a positive impact across the continuum of actors for entrepreneurship.

The forthcoming €10M funding will be allocated to projects to accelerate web entrepreneurship in Europe by using new cross-border services co-developed by several local web entrepreneurship ecosystems and hubs working together. Coordination activities to strength the environment for web entrepreneurship in Europe and that exploit synergies across stakeholder communities will also be funded.

The expected impact is to support the emergence of dynamic European ecosystems for web entrepreneurs that also contribute to shaping future web entrepreneurship specific policies, in particular for the implementation of Startup Europe EU initiative

Deadline for submission: 23/04/2014.

For full details click here


One of the core ideas of the event is to encourage young participants to actively participate in the EYE programme and its delivery as much as possible. There are three ways to actively participate in the EYE 2014:

1. Register for, take part and engage in political debates, workshops and other activities (in English, French and German) during the three days of the EYE. Ideas and conclusions will form a final report for presentation to the newly elected European Parliament Members, as well as other European decision-makers with a view to serving as a source of inspiration.

Registration for the EYE 2014 starts on 8 October 2013 at 12:00

2. Apply to stage an artistic performance – be it music, dance, acrobatics, sketches or anything else you might want to propose. A selection of the applicants will be able to perform during the Street Festival which will take place on various stages in the city of Strasbourg on Friday evening. Details will be published on this website in October.

3. Apply to present a special initiative that is related to the five main topics. A limited number of initiatives can be presented at the EYE in an interactive way (e.g. by organising an interactive stand outside, offering a practical workshop). Details will be published on this website in October.

Who can register?

Young Europeans from Member States, candidate states and neighbourhood countries aged between 16 and 30 years.

Due to the specific nature of the activities, only group reservations can be accepted. The minimum group size is 10. Every group needs to have a group leader, who will take responsibility for the group’s registration process, logistics, programme and accommodation. To qualify as a group leader, you must be at least 18 years old and an EU national.


Interested groups of young people can register either for the whole three-day event or for individual days. On Friday, besides the regular programme, there will be additional activities targeted at school groups.

There will be two phases of registration. In the first phase, group leaders will be able to apply to participate in the event through an online registration system. In the second phase individual participants in a group will be signed up for programme activities.

Group registration will open on 8 October 2013 at 12:00 through this website.

In the new year group leaders will be informed of when and how to register their individual participants for programme activities. Details will also be posted on this website.

There is no fee for attending the EYE 2014 event. However, participants will need to cover their own transport, accommodation and meals.



A Pan-European Network of young professionals boosting the value of the Arts & Culture


MISSION:                     To boost the value of the Arts and Culture across Europe through professional networking and collaborative projects.


  • Run national networks & regular meetings of young culture professionals.
  • Meet yearly on a Pan-European level.
  • Contribute to the yearly European Cultural Parliament session
  • Gather & share case studies and information in order to improve members’ professional skills and raise visibility of good practice. (The idea is to be able to disseminate these advantages to a much larger group through a concrete project, within a near future).
  • Contribute to the implementation of common projects
  • Participate in a mentoring scheme/ Create synergies with established European Cultural Parliament members


  • Access a local & Pan-European network of students and professionals (Cultural Entrepreneurs, Managers and Researchers in the field of Cultural Policy.
  • Opportunity to physically and digitally meet colleagues from all over the European continent.
  • Participation & contribution to meetings, workshops and other events.
  • Peer support and space for project development.
  • Access Pan-European case studies and information on funding, partnerships and professional opportunities.
  • Profit from the mentoring scheme/ synergies created with established European Cultural Parliament members.
  • Increase the chance of getting your voice heard by regional and national stakeholders and politicians.


  • 2 Ambassadors (selected)
  • 8-10 national core team members (selected)
  • 100+ 1000 + members of the national network (open)

Applicants that are not selected for the national team will still be automatically included in the local ECP-YN networks. Current local ECP-YN networks include Germany, Poland, UK, Italy and Greece, Portugal, Kosovo, Ukraine, Romania. We would very much encourage start-ups of networks in the eastern European countries and on the Balkans.

The selected 10 national team members need to fulfill the following criteria:

  • Students, Professionals, Cultural Entrepreneurs, Researchers in the field of Cultural Policy and Management
  • Aged 20-35
  • Fluent in English (additional languages a plus)
  • Interested in Intercultural Exchange and Pan European Integration

For more information about the ECP and the Youth Network please have a look at the website

Send a one-page CV + a brief motivation letter (max.300 words) to [email protected]

Deadline: 22 November 2013