Creative Europe 2021-2027

Following the publication of the Government’s EU negotiation mandate on 27 February 2020, the UK will not be seeking to participate in the next Creative Europe programme, due to start in Summer 2021.

On 14 December 2020, the European Parliament and EU Member States came to a final political agreement on the Creative Europe budget for the 2021-2027 programme. There is a dedicated budget of more than €2.4 billion, made up of €1.8 billion in current prices and an additional top-up of €0.6 billion in 2018 prices.

The new programme will continue to promote cultural and linguistic diversity, heritage and competitiveness, and will allow cultural and creative organisations and professionals to co-create and cooperate across borders and to reach wider audiences, tackling current societal questions and supporting emerging artists. The MEDIA strand will keep supporting projects with a European dimension and an international one; as well as nurturing talent and supporting the use of new technologies to strengthen the competitiveness of the sector. For the first time, the news media sector will be supported throughout different actions promoting media literacy, pluralism and media freedom under the cross-sectoral strand.

As our UK participation guidance page advises, projects funded under the current programme (which ran from 2014 - 2020) will receive funding for their full duration under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement, including projects that continue after 1 January 2021.

The UK will not participate in the 2021-27 Creative Europe programme, however it will still be possible for UK organisations to take part in a reduced way. For example:

  • In the culture sector UK organisations can still participate in Cooperation Projects in a limited way as Third Country Associate Partners and can also continue to be members of some Platforms and Networks.
  • In the audiovisual sector a limited number of places on training and networking opportunities funded by Creative Europe are available to applicants from non-participating countries.

More information on the successor programme can be found on the EU commission website.