What does this funding support?

This funding strand offers support for European creative and cultural networks. These networks aim to support their members’ capacity to better operate trans-nationally, to build their capacity to work across Europe and adapt to change. Networks encourage linguistic and cultural diversity, strengthen competitiveness, and promote skill-sharing and good practice.

Networks must involve a minimum of 15 members from 10 countries (including 5 EU Member states). 

There are 2 funding deadlines between 2014 and 2020; the first was in 2013, the second is in 2016. In 2016, networks can apply for a 4-year framework partnership agreement. 

This overview is intended for guidance only. The 2013 guidelines can be found on the website of the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), which administers Creative Europe. Please note that these are the guidelines for 2013 and there may be slight changes in the 2016 guidelines. The guidelines for 2016 will be published in July 2016 when the call for proposals is published. 

Who is this funding for?

Creative, cultural and heritage organisations working across any art form, such as visual arts, dance, theatre, literature, performance, music, heritage, architecture, design, circus, festivals, craft and fashion can apply.

Read this guide to all 23 Creative Europe-supported networks

To apply, the network must be active in the cultural and creative sectors and be legally established in one of the countries participating in the Culture sub-programme of Creative Europe. 

Individuals may not apply for a grant. 

How much can you apply for?

A network can apply for a grant of up to €250,000 per year.

You can apply for up to 80% of the total budget. Match funding is required. 

How can you apply?

The deadline for this call has been postponed from October 2016. Sign up to our newsletter for the latest deadline updates as well as following us on Twitter and Facebook. In the meantime, you can prepare for the application process:

  • Creative Europe Europe Desk UK offers free advice and support for Creative Europe applicants from the UK. You can attend one of our free events to find out more about what makes a good project;
  • If you are thinking of applying, we also offer one-to-one sessions in person, over the phone or via Skype;
  • The next call for proposals will be announced around July 2016 and you'll be able to apply from then on. In the meantime, you can prepare for the application process by reading the 2013 guidelines;
  • All applications are submitted electronically so new applicants must first obtain a Participant Identification Code (PIC) by registering for an ECAS account and enter company information into the Participant Portal. Please visit our FAQs page for further instructions. 

What European Networks currently exist?

Take a look at the last round of results and the selected projects.

You can also read this list of European creative and cultural networks, some of which have received funding from Creative Europe or the previous EU Culture programme