Strategies and policies

EU countries are responsible for their own culture-sector policies. The role of the European Commission is to help them address challenges they all face: the impact of the digital shift, changing models of cultural governance and the need to promote innovation in the cultural and creative sectors.

Context - culture in cities and EU policies

European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018

Communication: New European Agenda for Culture (2018)

Communication: Towards an EU strategy for international cultural relations (2016)

Communication: Towards an integrated approach to cultural heritage for Europe (2014)

Communication: Promoting cultural and creative sectors for growth and jobs in the EU (2012)

European Agenda for Culture (2007)


Urban data and studies

EU Statistics in the field of culture

Report - Participatory governance of cultural heritage

Report - The role of public policies in developing entrepreneurial and innovation potential of the cultural and creative sectors

Report - Promoting access to culture via digital means

Good practice report - Towards more efficient financial ecosystems - innovative instruments to facilitate access to finance for the cultural and creative sectors (CCS)

The Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor

Funding opportunities and advice

Programmes and funding opportunities

European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI)

European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF)

European Investment Project Portal (EIPP)

Creative Europe

Cultural and Creative Sectors Guarantee Facility

For more information and other funding opportunities, please visit our dedicated funding page.

Advice and technical assistance


Urbis is a new dedicated urban investment advisory platform within the European Investment Advisory Hub. It is set up to provide advisory support to urban authorities to facilitate, accelerate and unlock urban investment projects, programmes and platforms.

Creative Europe Desks

Joint Assistance to Support Projects in European Regions (JASPERS) 

JASPERS is the 'Joint Assistance to Support Projects in European Regions', free of charge for local authorities and promotors, which advices cities and regions on strategic planning in a wide range of sectors. It supports the preparation of projects in areas benefiting from EU funds so they meet all the necessary standards.


fi-Compass is a platform for advisory services on financial instruments and is designed to support European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) managing authorities, Programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) microfinance providers and other interested parties, by providing practical know-how and learning tools on financial instruments.


Beginner's Guide to EU Funding

Accessing regional-policy funds


Creative Europe Networks supported in 2017-2021

European Creative Hubs Network

Creative Tracks


European Capitals of Culture

European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture

Young Talent Architecture Award (YTAA)

European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage

European Heritage Label

European Union Prize for Popular and Contemporary Music

Project examples

Creative Europe Project Results Platform

Culture for Cities and Regions

Creative Lenses

European Heritage Days

Crowdfunding 4 Culture