The Cultural Strand of the Creative Europe programme targets the needs of the cultural sector across Europe by supporting transnational cooperation projects, European networks, literary translation and European platforms. In particular, it will promote jobs and growth potential, and cultural and linguistic diversity.
The proposed budget for the Culture Strand is €500 million for 2014-2020.
Grant amounts are as follows:
- Small cooperation projects - grants of up to €200,000 for up to 60% of eligible costs.
- Large cooperation projects - grants of up to €2 million, for up to 50% of eligible costs.
The maximum duration of cooperation projects is 48 months.
The network scheme is implemented through framework partnership agreements to be signed in:
- 2014 (for 3 years)
- 2017 (for 4 years)
The maximum grant per specific agreement awarded under the framework partnership agreement will be €250,000 per year for up to 80% of eligible costs.
The platform scheme will be implemented through framework partnership agreements to be signed in:
- 2014 (for 3 years)
- 2015 (for 2 years)
- 2017 (for 4 years)
The maximum grant per specific agreement awarded under the framework partnership agreement will be €500,000 per year for up to 80% of eligible costs.
Literary Translation Projects
Two categories of support are available:
- Category 1 – Two year projects - every year up to 2020, two year projects for which the maximum grant per project is €100,000 for up to 50% of eligible costs.
- Category 2 – Framework partnership agreements - Calls published in December 2013 (3 year agreement) and in November 2016 (4 year agreement). The maximum grant per specific agreement awarded under the framework partnership agreement will be €100,000 per year for up to 50% of eligible costs.
Creative Europe is the new framework programme for the cultural and creative sectors for 2014-2020. It brings together the 2007-2013 programmes (Culture 2007, MEDIA and MEDIA Mundus) into a single comprehensive framework programme.
Creative Europe consists of the following three strands:
- A Cross-sectoral Strand addressed to all cultural and creative sectors.
- A Culture Strand addressed to the culture and creative sectors.
- A MEDIA Strand addressed to the audiovisual sector.
The Culture Strand will shift away from the focus on citizenship of the previous programme and will focus on:
- Fostering the safeguarding and promotion of European cultural and linguistic diversity.
- Strengthening the competitiveness of the cultural and creative sectors with a view to promoting smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.
The specific objectives of the Culture Strand are to:
- Support the capacity of European cultural and creative sectors to operate transnationally.
- Promote the transnational circulation of cultural and creative works and operators and reach new audiences in Europe and beyond.
- Strengthen the financial capacity of cultural and creative sectors, in particular SMEs.
- Support transnational policy cooperation in order to foster policy development, innovation, audience building and new business models.
- Individuals are not eligible to apply.
- The Culture Sub-programme will not support any projects including pornographic or racist material or advocating violence.
- Applicants must not be in a situation that would exclude them from participation and/or from award as defined by the Financial Regulation applicable to the general budget of the EU and its rules of application.
- No grant may be awarded retroactively for projects already completed.
- Return on capital
- Debt and debt service charges
- Provisions for losses or debts
- Interest owed
- Doubtful debts
- Exchange losses
- Costs of transfers from the Agency charged by the bank of a beneficiary
- Costs declared by a beneficiary in the framework of another action receiving an EU grant. (In particular, indirect costs shall not be eligible under a grant for a project awarded to a beneficiary who already receives an operating grant financed from the EU budget during the period in question)
- Excessive or reckless expenditure
- Contributions in kind
- Deductible VAT
- Buildings and infrastructure – only project activities and equipment necessary to carry out those activities are eligible
Organisations, businesses and institutions active in the cultural and creative sectors are eligible to apply.
The cultural and creative sectors include: architecture, archives and libraries, artistic crafts, cultural heritage, design, festivals, music, performing arts, publishing, radio and visual arts.
Partnerships for cooperation projects must consist of a minimum of three different partners, from three different countries (for small cooperation projects) and at least six different partners, from six different countries (for large cooperation projects).
Participation in the programme is open to Member States, acceding countries, candidate countries and potential candidates benefiting from a pre-accession strategy.
Note: the Third Country Call has been discontinued, but the programme supports cooperation actions with other non EU Member States on the basis of additional appropriations. The budget for non-EU partners has increased from 15% to 30%.
In-kind contributions are not eligible match funding. All match funding must be able to be entered in to an accounting system and “cash” must change hands.
Support will be provided under the following four strands:
- Transnational cooperation projects
- European networks
- Literary translation
- European platforms
Transnational Cultural Cooperation Projects
The main objectives of the support for cultural cooperation projects are to:
- Support the capacity of the European cultural and creative sectors to operate transnationally and internationally and to promote the transnational circulation of cultural and creative works and transnational mobility of cultural and creative players, in particular artists.
- Contribute to audience development by helping European artists/cultural professionals and their works reach new and enlarged audiences and improve access to cultural and creative works in the EU and beyond with a particular focus on children, young people, people with disabilities and underrepresented groups, by engaging in new and innovative ways with audiences both to retain and enlarge them, and to improve the experience and deepen the relationship with current and future audiences.
- Contribute to innovation and creativity in the field of culture, for instance through artistic innovation, the testing of new business models, the use of digital technologies and the promotion of innovative spill-overs on other sectors.
Applications are accepted under two categories:
- Smaller scale cooperation projects
Projects involving a project leader and at least two other partners having their legal seat in at least three different countries taking part in the Culture Sub-programme, with a maximum EU funding of €200,000.
- Larger scale cooperation projects
Projects involving a project leader and at least five other partners having their legal seat in at least six different countries taking part in the Culture Sub-programme, with a maximum EU funding of €2 million.
Support for European networks is intended to have a structuring effect on players in the cultural and creative sectors and therefore a limited number of networks with broad coverage will be supported across a balanced range of sectors. Priorities are:
- Supporting actions providing cultural and creative players with skills, competences and know-how that contribute to strengthening the cultural and creative sectors, including encouraging adaptation to digital technologies, testing innovative approaches to audience development and testing of new business and management models.
- Supporting actions enabling cultural and creative players to cooperate internationally and to internationalise their careers and activities in the Union and beyond, when possible on the basis of long-term strategies.
- Providing support to strengthen European cultural and creative organisations and international networking in order to facilitate access to professional opportunities.
The main objectives of European platform projects are to:
- Foster the development of emerging talent and stimulate the transnational mobility of cultural and creative players and circulation of works, with the potential to exert a broad influence on the cultural and creative sectors and to provide for lasting effects.
- Help increase recognition and visibility of cultural and creative artists and creators with a strong commitment in terms of European programming through communications activities and branding strategy, including, where appropriate, the creation of a European quality label.
Platform projects should focus on the following priority activities:
- Fostering the mobility and the visibility of creators and artists, in particular emerging ones and those lacking international exposure.
- Stimulating a genuine Europe-wide programming of cultural and artistic activities with the view of facilitating access to non-national European cultural works via international touring, events, exhibitions and festivals, etc.
- Implementing a communication and branding strategy, including, where appropriate, the development of a European quality label (or an equivalent recognition activity) to identify and promote the members of the platform having demonstrated a strong and high quality professional commitment towards the objectives of the platform in particular and the objectives of Creative Europe, in general.
- Contributing to greater audience development through extensive use of information and communication technologies and innovative approaches.
- Providing visibility to Europe's values and different cultures, thus creating greater awareness about the EU.
Literary Translation Projects
The main objectives of the support for literary translation projects are to:
- Support cultural and linguistic diversity in the EU and in other countries participating in the Culture Sub-programme of the Creative Europe Programme.
- Promote the transnational circulation of high quality literary works, as well as to improve access to these literary works in the EU and beyond and to reach new audiences.
The priorities are:
- Supporting the circulation of European literature with a view to ensuring the widest possible accessibility.
- Supporting the promotion of European literature including the appropriate use of digital technologies in both the distribution and promotion of the works.
- Encourage the translation and promotion of high quality European literature in the long term.
Raising the profile of translators is an additional priority of this scheme. Therefore, publishers will be required to include a biography of the translators in each translated book.
Translations from lesser used languages into English, German, French and Spanish (Castilian) are encouraged as these may contribute to a wider circulation of the works. In addition, the translation and promotion of authors who have won the EU Prize for Literature are encouraged.
Grant applications for the Culture Sub-programme are made through the specifically designed electronic application form ('the eForm') which is available on the Culture website.
In order to be able to create the eForm, applicants (ie project leader and partners) will have to register their organisation in the Education, Audiovisual, Culture, Citizenship and Volunteering Participant Portal and receive a Participant Identification Code (PIC). Without this PIC, the eForm cannot be generated.
Alongside the eForm, applicants must send an application package by post, by the deadline.