(11 December 2013) – 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.
Creative Europe, which will have a total budget of €1.46 billion 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.