Creative Europe



Total Budget: €1,46 billion

Thematic Categories: Art and Culture, Media, Competitiveness, Education

Beneficiaries: Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, SMEs (between 10 and 249 employees), Microenterprises (fewer than 10 employees), Other, Education and Training Centres, Research Institution, Association / Trade Union, International Organization, NGO / NPO, Public Services, Start Up Company, Enterprise (more than 250 employees or not defined), Association, University, State / Region / City / Municipality / Local Authority


Enquiries to;

Creative Europe Programme 2021-2027  ;

Commission’s proposal for Creative Europe 2021-2027 – internal note;

Serbia Desk; 

Dimitrije Tadic; +381 11 3398 026-+381 11 3398 880,,

Nevena Negojevic; + 381 63 670 378, + 381 11 263 42 53,,

Standard Eligibility Conditions; 


Applications have to be submitted on behalf of organisations as private or public legal persons (e.g. associations, ltd. companies, Universities etc.). Applicants (project leaders and partners) must be active in the cultural and creative sectors and must provide evidence of their existence for at least two years. Project leader and partners have to show evidence of their activities in the cultural and creative sectors. Creative Europe is not open to applications from individuals. It does not support cultural investment projects.


There are four different funding schemes available, these are: 

Cooperation projects: this funding scheme promotes the circulation of cultural and creative works and the mobility of cultural and creative players. It aims to improve access to European cultural and creative works and extend their reach to new and larger audiences. This scheme is further divided into two: For Smaller scale cooperation projects, there must be at least three cultural organisations involved (one project leader and at least two partners), from at least three different countries participating in the programme. The maximum EU grant available is EUR 200,000 representing a maximum of 60% of the total eligible budget. For larger scale cooperation projects, there must be at least six cultural organisations involved (one project leader and at least five partners) from at the least six different countries participating in the programme. The EU grant available amounts to a maximum of EUR 2 million representing a maximum of 50% of the total eligible budget. The maximum duration of a project is 48 months.

Networks: network funding aims to support the professionalization of the cultural and creative sectors in order to operate transnationally and internationally. Funding proposals must consist of a minimum of 15-member organisations from at least 10 different countries participating in the programme. At least 5 of which must have their legal seat in 5 different Member States or EFTA countries.

European platforms: this measure offers action grants to organisations showcasing and promoting European creators and artists, especially emerging talent, through genuine Europe-wide programming. Platforms must consist of a coordinating entity from any of the countries participating in the Culture sub-programme and a minimum of 10 member organisations from at least 10 different countries participating in the Culture sub-programme, including at least 5 from EU member States or EFTA countries.

Literary translation: Publishers and publishing houses can apply for the translation and the promotion of a "package" of works of fiction from, and into, eligible languages. The maximum grant is EUR 100,000 which is the equivalent to a maximum of 50% of eligible costs. Translation, PR or distribution costs are eligible. Either the source or the target language must be officially recognized in an EU Member States or an EFTA country.

Additional Information: No time constrains and no determined project budget. Pre-Financing option is valid depending on the duration of the project unless otherwise it is stated in project proposal (Please refer “Financial Guidelines for Applicants) Priority fields of the year can be found in annual work programme

EUROPEAN ADDED VALUE • Support activities that are not financed at national level or that can be more efficiently supported at EU level (leverage effect) • Transnational character of supported activities (i.e. cross border mobility, networks)

Tips for Applicants; Creative Europe Programme application process is relatively simpler than other big programmes. However, schemes could be insufficiently funded time to time compared to the potential interest they generate. So, the applicants should be prepared to be more competitive in their proposal.

Programme Details

The Programme has two general policy objectives: safeguard and promote cultural and linguistic diversity and Europe's cultural heritage and strengthen the competitiveness of the European cultural and creative sectors. This is pursued through specific objectives, namely: supporting the capacity of these sectors to operate transnationally; promoting the transnational circulation and mobility of cultural and creative works and artists to reach out new audiences; strengthening the financial capacity of cultural and creative SMEs and organisations; and supporting transnational policy cooperation to foster policy development, innovation, creativity, audience development and new business models.

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, and to give Europe's culture and media sectors access to new international opportunities, markets, and audiences.

This will, amongst others, involve funding for:

  • artists and cultural professionals
  • cinemas
  • films
  • book translations

Creative Europe helps the cultural and creative sectors to seize the opportunities of the ‘digital age’ and globalization and it enables the sectors to reach their potential so that they can contribute to the Europe 2020 goals for sustainable growth, jobs and social cohesion. The Creative Europe programme aims to support the European audiovisual, cultural and creative sector. The different funding schemes encourage the audiovisual, cultural and creative players to operate across Europe, to reach new audiences and to develop the skills needed in the digital age.

By helping European cultural and audiovisual works to reach audiences in other countries, the programme will also contribute to safeguarding cultural and linguistic diversity, contributes to Europe’s goals for smart, sustainable and inclusive economic growth and opens up new international opportunities, markets and audiences.

Creative Europe provide supports in the following areas;

• Cross-border cooperation projects between cultural and creative organisations within the EU and beyond.

• Networks helping the cultural and creative sectors to operate transnationally and to strengthen their competitiveness.

• Translation and promotion of literary works across EU markets.

• Platforms of cultural operators promoting emerging artists and stimulating a truly European programming of cultural and artistic works.

• Capacity building and professional training for audiovisual professionals.

• Development of fiction, animations, creative documentaries and video games for European cinema, television markets and other platforms.

• Distribution and sales of audiovisual works in and outside Europe.

• Film festivals that promote European films.

• Funds for the international co-production of films.

• Audience development to foster film literacy and to raise interest in Europe’s films through a wide range of events.

• The European Capitals of Culture and the European Heritage Label.

Sub-Programme: CULTURE

The Culture sub-programme of Creative Europe supports cultural and creative organisations with a view to helping them operate transnationally and promoting cross-border circulation of works of culture and mobility of cultural players. It helps to launch projects with a European dimension and to share cultural content across national, and European, borders; it enables cultural and creative players to work internationally and to internationalize their careers and activities in the EU and beyond; it funds cooperation projects, literary translations, networks and platforms.

Supported actions

• Transnational cooperation projects bringing together cultural and creative organizations from different countries to undertake sectoral or cross-sectoral activities.

• Activities by European networks of cultural and creative organizations from different countries.

• Activities by organizations with a European vocation fostering the development of emerging talent and stimulating the transnational mobility of cultural and creative players and circulation of works, with the potential to exert a broad influence on cultural and creative sectors and to provide for lasting effects.

• Literary translation and the further promotion of translated works.

Budget; At least 31% of the total Creative Europe budget.

Level of Financing (EU co-financing rate); 50%-80%

Sub-Programme: MEDIA

The MEDIA sub-programme of Creative Europe supports the EU film and audiovisual industries financially in the development, distribution and promotion of their work. It helps launch projects with a European dimension and nurtures new technologies; it enables European films and audiovisual works to find markets beyond national and European, borders; it funds training and development schemes. The training and market access schemes have a new “Mundus” dimension.

Supported actions

• The development of European audiovisual works in particular films and television works such as fiction, documentaries, children’s and animated films, as well as interactive works such as videogames and multimedia with enhanced cross-border circulation potential.

• Initiatives presenting and promoting a diversity of European audiovisual works, including short films, such as festivals and other promotional events and activities aimed at promoting film literacy and at increasing audiences’ knowledge of, and interest in, European audiovisual works, including the audiovisual and cinematographic heritage, in particular among young audiences.

• Activities helping European and international co-production partners to meet and/or provide indirect support for audiovisual works co-produced by supporting international co-production funds based in a country participating in the Programme.

• The development of a comprehensive range of training measures promoting the acquisition and improvement of skills and competences by audiovisual professionals, knowledge sharing and networking initiatives, including the integration of digital technologies.

• Facilitating access to professional audiovisual trade events and markets and the use of online business tools inside and outside the Union and facilitate circulation of European films worldwide and of international films in the Union on all distribution platforms, via international cooperation projects in the audiovisual sector.

• Supporting a European cinema operators’ network screening a significant proportion of non-national European films.

• The establishment of support systems for the distribution of non-national European films through theatrical distribution and on all other platforms as well as for international sales activities, in particular the subtitling, dubbing and audio-description of audiovisual works.

 • Activities aiming at supporting European audiovisual production companies, in particular independent production companies, with a view to facilitating European and international co-productions of audiovisual works including television works.

Budget; At least 56% of the total Creative Europe budget.

Level of Financing (EU co-financing rate); 50%-80%



The cross-sectoral Strand will include the Guarantee Fund, the support for Creative Europe Desks which will replace MEDIA Desks and Cultural Contact points from 2014 as well as the support for transnational policy cooperation. The cross-sectoral strand will also provide support for studies, analysis and better data collection to improve the evidence-base for policy-making, funding for experimental projects to encourage cooperation between the audiovisual and other cultural and creative sectors, and funding for the Creative Europe Desks which provide assistance to applicants.

Supported actions

•           Support to Creative Europe Desks.

•           Support to EU Presidency conferences.

•           Policy development activities.

•           Studies and evaluations.

•           Communication and valorisation activities.

•           Financial guarantee facility (as of 2016).

Budget; Maximum 13% of the total Creative Europe budget.

Level of Financing (EU co-financing rate); 50%-80%

Find a Call;

Annual Work Programme;


Examples of Creative Europe Projects;


  • PHONE HOME (Working title)

End Date Jan 31, 2017 (2 Years)

Grant Amount: 167,165.1 EUR

PHONE HOME aims to establish the model for a new form of creative collaboration and cultural exchange by bringing together community-based theatre work, new forms of international interaction and innovative audience participation. Based on a process of community-oriented artistic research, three theatres in three different European countries will create a performance to be watched simultaneously on their respective stages, while being interlinked via video-conferencing.

  • Réseau Tramontana

End Date Jan 31, 2016 (2.5 Years)

Grant Amount: 200.000 EUR

In 2014 and 2015 the Tramontana network, set up of eight associative structures interested in the intangible cultural heritage of their territories, took advantage of a previous collaboration to carry on important works to save and disseminate the knowledges and the behaviours of the inhabitants of the European massif areas. In a fieldinvestigation approach, more than 500 direct audio-visual interviews of inhabitants had been conducted. These field works, conducted in close collaboration with the territorial institutions,were directly fed back to various groups of people: natives,pupils, researchers, tourists. These works have also been broadcast via IT media, scientific articles, books and DVD's

  • keðja 2012-2015

End Date Apr 30, 2015 (3 Years)

Grant Amount: 700.000 EUR

keðja 2012-2015 was a collaboration between 11 Nordic and Baltic contemporary dance organisations. The aim was to develop and strengthen the dance scene of the region.

The project had several strands:

1) 3 Encounters, -seminars with app. 200 participants. The Encounters emphasize networking and are a place for sharing results of the other keðja 2012-2015 activities as well as being the place for several of them to take place. In this way a fertile atmosphere is created, connecting people from many areas of the contemporary dance world to each other. Encounters take place in Tallinn, Klaipeda and Mariehamn.

2) keðja Think Tanks & keðja Mentoring Scheme; The Think Tanks gather competent people within the sector asking them to analyze different relevant issues and come up with concrete action plans to develop the infrastructure of the dance field. The Mentoring Scheme stimulates professional growth of not-so-experienced dance producers/managers via direct mentoring/coaching by experienced and knowledgeable persons from the dance/performing arts sector.

3) Writing Movement is a number of workshops/labs, publications on-line and network activities that aims at strengthening the critical discourse on and around dance. Different Lab activities will take place in 8 countries, developing language, methods and capacity reg. how dance is understood, written about and disseminated. Actual dance performances etc. are used as case-studies. A network of people interested in dance writing is also developed.

4) keðja Wilderness A residency programme taking place in 10 locations in the Nordic-Baltic region, all of them out-side of the capitals, that is in smaller towns or villages where dance is rarely presented, -in close proximity to nature and wilderness. The residencies bring artists from other regions to develop work in collaboration with the local community. A selection of suitable works are towards the end of the project period toured to Nordic-Baltic presentation platforms.


Examples of Open Calls as of today


The objectives of the "Literary translation" scheme are to promote the transnational circulation of literature and its diversity in Europe and beyond and to expand the readership of quality translated books. The scheme offers grants to eligible publishers for the co-financing of the translation, publication and promotion of a "package" of minimum 3 and maximum 10 works of fiction. The translation must be from, and into, eligible languages and either the source or the target language must be officially recognised in an EU Member States or an EFTA country.

In order to be eligible, a proposal must be submitted by a consortium composed of at least 3 legal entities;- Activities must start between January and March 2020; - the maximum duration of projects is 24 months; The total budget earmarked for the co-financing of projects under this call for proposals is estimated 2.5 M EUR. The maximum grant will be 100.000 EUR. The grant will be defined by applying a maximum co-financing rate of 50% to the eligible costs actually incurred and declared by the beneficiary.

In 2019 applicants can apply for projects which fulfil the following conditions:

- Have a maximum duration of 2 years (eligibility period); In addition, the proposed eligibility period of the submitted project cannot overlap with the eligibility period of another project from the same beneficiary, selected and contracted under any previous call of the Creative Europe literary translation scheme.

- Are the subject of an application requesting no more than EUR 100 000, representing a maximum of 50% of the total eligible budget;

- Consist in the translation and promotion of a package of 3 to 10 eligible works of fiction from and into eligible languages;

- Are based on a strategy for the translation, publication, distribution and promotion of the proposed books.

Mobility scheme for artists and/or cultural professionals


Artistic and cultural mobility has increasing received policy attention both at European Union and national levels. Mobility has always been a policy priority under the European Agenda for Culture and a crucial component of the Creative Europe programme. More recently, Culture ministers have explicitly called upon the European Commission to investigate the possibility of setting up a specific mobility action for artists and culture professionals.

In order to be eligible, a proposal must be submitted by a consortium composed of at least 3 legal entities;− activities may not start before February 2020; − the maximum duration of projects is 16 months.

The grant will be defined by applying a maximum co-financing rate of 80 % to the eligible costs actually incurred and declared by the beneficiary and its affiliated entities. The total budget earmarked for the co-financing of projects under this call for proposals is estimated at 1.500.000,00 EUR. The maximum grant will be 750,000 EUR. The Commission expects to fund up to two proposals.