The Culture sub-programme provides financial support for projects with a strong European dimension, aiming to share cultural content across borders. This funding scheme has the following priorities: transnational mobility, audience development, digitisation, new business models, training and education. Projects must focus on a maximum of 3 out of 5 priorities.

Creative Europe is the European Commission's framework programme for support to the European cultural and creative sectors. The general objectives of the programme are to safeguard, develop and promote cultural and linguistic diversity and to strengthen the competitiveness of the European cultural and creative sectors. Creative Europe consists of the Culture and MEDIA sub-programmes and a cross-sectoral strand. The total budget available for seven years amounts to around € 1.5 billion (MEDIA: € 824 million, Culture: € 455 million, cross sectorial strand € 184 million - guarantee facility: € 121 million, transnational cooperation measures: € 63 million).

The Directorate General for Education and Culture (DG EAC) is the executive branch of the European Union responsible for policy on education, culture, youth, languages, and sport. See http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/creative-europe/opportunities/index_en.htm  

EACEA is entrusted with the implementation of programme and activities on behalf of the European Commission. See http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/creative-europe_en

 The Creative Europe Desks are the national advisory and information service for the Creative Europe programme having a seat in each participating country. See http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/creative-europe/tools/creative-desks_en.htm

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 professionalisation 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 recognised in an EU Member States or an EFTA country.

Activities dedicated exclusively to the audiovisual sectors are not eligible under the Culture sub-programme. However, audiovisual activities may be eligible as long as they are ancillary to the activities dedicated to the non-audiovisual cultural and creative sectors. For example filming performances to promote and disseminate them, the use of videos in an exhibition, etc are eligible actions within a given project. The use of the audiovisual elements must always be there to support activities aimed at the non-audiovisual cultural and creative sector.

Activities have to show an impact on a European level. This is why projects purely organised on the national, regional or local level are not funded by the Creative Europe programme. Creative Europe is not open to applications from individuals. It does not support cultural investment projects.

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. The project leader submits the application on behalf of all partners. This is why partners have to sign mandate letters and a cooperation agreement. Natural persons may not apply for a grant.

Creative Europe is open to the 28 Member States and to non-EU-countries (EFTA, EU candidate and potential candidate countries and neighbourhood countries). In order to participate, non-EU-countries have to sign a memorandum with the European Commission and pay an 'entry ticket'. At present, 39 countries participate in the Creative Europe programme. The list is continuously updated. 

Please find the list of participating countries on: https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/creativeeurope/library/eligibility-organisations-non-eu-countries_en

Applications must be submitted on the basis of calls for proposals. As a general rule, calls are published three months before the deadline. Please find information on the website of the EACEA or contact your national Creative Europe Desk: https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/creative-europe/contact_en The indicative deadlines for cooperation projects, networks and platforms until 2020 are listed hereunder (please check our website for exact dates: http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/creative-europe/funding_en) Cooperation projects – application & selection.

The grant application is directly submitted to the EACEA. The application has to be sent via an eForm through an online application system. Online applications have to be submitted by the deadline before 12:00 CET/ CEST.

The EACEA will first check all applications against formal criteria (eligibility, exclusion, selection). The pre-selected projects are then submitted to a panel of European experts for assessment. The experts will evaluate the projects on the basis of the award criteria (relevance, quality of the content and activities, communication and dissemination, quality of partnership) and a scoring system. 

Each application is individually assessed by two experts. If the two experts cannot agree on the evaluation, a third expert is brought in. Once all experts have assessed the applications a consensus meeting takes place. The discussion is moderated by the European Commission and the EACEA. Larger scale cooperation projects might be invited for an adjustment phase. Finally, an Evaluation Committee composed of staff members from the European Commission and the EACEA make a proposal for selection; the authorising officer takes the grant award decision.

The grants are then awarded to the project starting with the highest scores and within the limits of the budget available. Every applicant receives a letter explaining the reasons for selection or rejection. The lists of selected applications are published on the websites of the European Commission and the EACEA. Successful applicants sign a grant agreement with the EACEA.

This is possible. Applicants may try to re-submit unsuccessful applications at the next deadlines. Applicants should address the feedback and shortcomings in the rejection letters before resubmitting, to have a better chance at a successful application. Feedback can be discussed with your Creative Europe Desk representatives.

Please find below an indicative timetable: - Deadline for submission: October - Evaluation period: October – March (following year) - Information of applicants: March - Signature of grant agreement: May - Start of the action: May – December - Project duration: max. 48 months Applicants are recommended to start preparing their project proposals and applications 6 -12 months before the deadline. 2) For Applicants Application & Registration

Please find information and instructions regarding necessary technical requirements on the website of the EACEA: https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/documents/eforms_en

Please follow the 3 steps below: 1) Step 1: Register for the ECAS-Account ECAS (European Commission Authentication Service) authenticates your identity on European Commission websites. Applicants as well as partners need to register for an ECAS-Account as well as a PIC Code! → Register here as an External 2) Step 2: Take a PIC-Code Enter your ECAS Login-Data into the Participant Portal of the EACEA in order to receive your PIC number (Participant Identification Code). Insert your organisation`s data and upload your documents. → Follow to the Participant Portal NOTE: the Participant Portal is a central registration system used by European Commission services. Please use only one PIC per organisation.

Once all partners involved in the project have their PIC, the eForm can be generated on the Participant Partnership Management Tool: https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/PPMT 3) Step 3: Generate the application form By means of the PIC you can generate the electronic application form (eForm) on the website of the EACEA. In order to do so, applicants need the PIC-numbers of their partners. Revision or updating of the list of participating organisations is possible. Create a new application form by clicking on “Create a new application form”. → Create a new application eForm Please find further information in the “guide for applicants” which provides practical guidance on how to apply. We also recommend that prospective applicants read the eForm User Guide. Both documents are published with the respective call.

The check list regarding mandatory documents can be found on the last page of the “guidelines”. The list explains which documents have to be attached to the e-Form. In addition, you may find more detailed information in the “guide for applicants”.

The documents mentioned above and the respective forms (e.g. declaration on honour, mandate …) which need to be attached to the application are published with the call for proposals.

The application has to be sent in electronic form (eForm & annexes). The checklist regarding mandatory documents for the electronic submission is to be found on the last page of the “guidelines”. A more detailed explanation can be found in the “guide for applicants”. Both documents are published online with the call for proposals. Here is some useful information: Financial Identity Form (banking information of the applicant): bank statements on headed paper are accepted besides the stamp and signature on the form (see information on the financial identification form) Electronic signatures: It is best to print, sign and scan, but the EACEA accepts electronic signatures as well. Monochrome or colour: documents scanned in black and in colour are both accepted.

If you cannot find the answer to your technical (IT-related) query or problem either in the relevant User Guide or the general advice notes published on this webpage, please contact the Agency's technical HelpDesk: Telephone hotline: +32 229 90705 Email address: EACEA-HELPDESK@EC.EUROPA.EU Please find further information on the website of the EACEA: https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/documents/eforms_en

Please enter the Participant Portal; register by entering your data: https://ec.europa.eu/education/participants/portal/desktop/en/organisations/register.html - Below on the left-hand- side you will find the button “Modify registered data"; - Click on "My Organisation option", enter the portal; - Click on the button “MO” (modify organisation) - Use the same procedure for uploading documents