Culture sector initiatives, such as those promoting cross-border cooperation, platforms, networking, and literary translation.

Culture sub-programme


Audiovisual sector initiatives, such as those promoting the development, distribution, or access to audiovisual works.

Media sub-programme


A cross-sectoral strand, including a Guarantee Facility and transnational policy cooperation.

Cross-sector strand

What does it intend to achieve ?

Creative Europe's stated aims are to:

Help the cultural and creative sectors seize the opportunities of the digital age and globalisation;
Enable the sectors to reach their economic potential, contributing to sustainable growth, jobs, and social cohesion;
Give Europe's culture and media sectors access to new international opportunities, markets, and audiences.

This will, specifically, involve providing funding for:

2,500 artists and cultural professionals, 2,000 cinemas, 800 films, 4,500 book translations
A financial guarantee facility of up to €750 million for small businesses active in the sector will also be established in 2016.

Who can take part?

  • The Creative Europe programme is open to cultural and creative organisations from EU Member States, as well as non-EU countries. Subject to certain conditions EEA (European Economic Area), candidate/potential candidate and ENP (European Neighbourhood Policy) countries can also participate in the programme on an equal footing with Member States. The following non-EU countries are eligible:
  • Albania
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
  • Georgia
  • Iceland
  • Israel*
  • Norway
  • Moldova
  • Montenegro
  • Serbia
  • Tunisia*
  • Ukraine

More information on eligible countries can be found in the table on non-EU countries, as well as in the guidelines of each specific call for proposals.

*Israel and Tunisia conditionally participate in the programme as of 2017. The final selection of projects is subject to the signing and notification of the Agreement with the EU on their participation in Creative Europe before the award decisions for those projects are adopted.

How can I apply?

Organisations interested in applying for opportunities can find out more in the individual pages for: Culture sector opportunities; Audiovisual sector opportunities; The cross-sectoral strand. More detailed information on the application process and the results of previous calls are available on the website of the Education, Audiovisual, and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA).