FAQs

Take a look through this list of frequently asked questions relating to Creative Europe. Specific questions for each funding opportunity can be found in Funding Opportunities.

Please note that these pages provide an overview of FAQs and that further FAQs and all guidelines can be found on the EACEA website

What will be the effect of the EU referendum on the UK's particpation in Creative Europe?

As part of its remit, Creative Europe Desk UK encourages international and especially European working, and believes in the strength of collaborating across borders.

Following the EU referendum result there are no immediate material changes to the current arrangements for those who have successfully applied, are currently being assessed, or are planning to apply for Creative Europe funding in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

The European Commission has released a brief statement and Creative Europe Desk UK is continuously working with colleagues at the European Commission and in the UK. We will update our guidance as soon as any further information becomes available. Please sign up to our newsletter for updates.

Our services to the UK’s creative professionals continue as usual and prospective applicants to Creative Europe are encouraged to get in touch with us for advice and join us for our forthcoming events.

How do I get a Participant Identification Code (PIC)?

New applicants must first obtain a Participant Identification Code (PIC):

1.   Register for an ECAS account to authenticate your email address (make sure to select 'External' from the options on the page)
2.   Enter your company information into the Participant Portal and upload the documents as specified in the guidelines and supporting documents for each scheme. 

You only need to complete these two steps once, after that you will be able to use the same PIC Number to download and submit multiple e-Forms.

For more detailed instructions of how to complete these steps, please watch our online video tutorials.

Who assesses Creative Europe applications?

The Executive Agency (EACEA) has a database of experts who have a high level of expertise in the programmes managed by the Agency. These experts will assess applications from their field of expertise (for example, an experienced translator or publisher would review applications for the Literary Translation funding opportunity).

Experts usually only review applications from outside their country of residence to ensure that there is no conflict of interest.

All applications are assessed by two independent experts.

Are you interested in becoming an expert?

Which countries can participate in Creative Europe?

Organisations from the following countries can apply to Creative Europe’s Culture and MEDIA sub-programme: 

  • 28 EU Member States (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK)
  • Albania
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
  • Iceland
  • Montenegro
  • Norway 
  • Serbia

Organisations from the following countries can apply to Creative Europe’s Culture sub-programme and can partially participate in in the MEDIA sub-programme (in Training, Festivals, Audience Development and Access to Markets):

  • Georgia
  • Moldova
  • Ukraine

Turkey is no longer eligible.

An up-to-date list of non-EU eligible countries can be found on the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency's (EACEA) website. 

Can individuals apply for funding?

Creative Europe is not open to applications from individuals, but it is estimated that around 250,000 individual artists and cultural and audiovisual professionals will receive funding through projects submitted by organisations. 

How are results published?

Results from all Creative Europe schemes are made available on the EACEA’s website. If you are interested in recent awards made to UK companies please visit the results page on this website. 

More detailed information about the projects supported through the programme, as well as details on the organisations behind each project can be found on the Creative Europe Dissemination Platform

How do I find out if my application was successful or not?

The timescale for the publication of results for each funding opportunity is outlined in the guidelines. The EACEA will notify successful and unsuccessful applicants directly. Once these have all been notified, the results are published on the EACEA’s website

Please note that results are not sent out by Creative Europe Desk UK. 

Whether your application is successful or not, please get in touch. We can help to spread the word about successful project applications and we can also provide guidance to applications that weren't successful on that occasion (for some funding opportunities, such as the Culture sub-programme’s Cooperation Projects, you might be able to apply again). 

Each applicant, successful and unsuccessful, receives evaluation feedback. We are always interested in discussing your evaluation feedback as it helps us to better prepare you for resubmission or future applications.

Who can I contact about technical issues with my application or e-form?

If you are having issues with the e-form submission please contact the HelpDesk at the EACEA in Brussels on:

EACEA-helpdesk@ec.europa.eu

+32 229 90705

Does the MEDIA sub-programme support short film?

While the MEDIA sub-programme does not offer development or production grants for short films, it does support a range of industry events where short filmmakers can network with professionals from other countries and pitch their project ideas. Some examples include:

There are also a number of festivals supported through Creative Europe that either specialise in short film or include a short film element within their programme. More information on the festivals supported can be found in the online MEDIA guides for audiovisual professionals. 

How can I get in touch with Creative Europe Desks in other countries?

You can find a list of contact details for each Desk on the European Commission website.

Does Creative Europe funding constitute as State Aid?

The de minimis regulation (where a company can only receive up to €200,000 of State Aid support over 3 years) does not apply to Creative Europe. 

The regulation applies only to support administered by Member States. Creative Europe funding is awarded directly by the EU so is therefore not taken into account when calculating the maximum funding under the de minimis rules.