New funding opportunities for the cultural and creative sectors
Europe's cultural and creative sectors are discovering several new funding opportunities for the years 2014-2020.
Creative Europe aims to promote cultural and linguistic diversity in Europe and to reinforce the competitiveness of the cultural and creative sectors. Grants will be allocated to support cross-border networking, partnership and peer-learning activities to strengthen the sectors' capacity to operate beyond national borders, and to help them respond to challenges such as the digital shift, globalisation and fragmented European markets.
Erasmus + will support investment in education, training and youth in the form of learning mobility, partnerships for innovation, and policy support. Cultural and creative businesses and organisations may be eligible for specific actions including Sector Skills Alliances and Knowledge Alliances.
Horizon 2020 grants a prominent position to research on European cultural heritage and creative expression, as well as on the diversity of European societies (under the priority Societal Challenges 'Europe in a changing world – inclusive, innovative and reflective societies'). In addition, the priority Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) aims to increase the competitiveness of European creative industries by stimulating ICT innovation in Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs), by effectively building up and expanding a vibrant EU technological ecosystem for the creative industries' needs, and by fostering exchanges between the creative industries' SMEs and providers of ICT innovative solutions.
COSME aims to strengthen the competitiveness and sustainability of EU enterprises and SMEs and encourages an entrepreneurial culture. The support measures for SMEs can include actions to foster the development of clusters and business networks (Enterprise Europe Network); support for the first applications and market uptake of innovative products, processes and services; and actions linking and adding skills and competencies in the fields of design, creativity and manufacturing, as well as actions to accelerate the emergence of competitive industries based on cross-sectorial activities.
The Connecting Europe Facility aims to boost Europe's transport, energy and digital networks. The programme foresees support for access to digital resources on European heritage (Europeana).