The UK's Participation in Creative Europe
UK PARTICIPATION IN THE FUTURE CREATIVE EUROPE PROGRAMME
The UK and the EU concluded a Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) on the terms of their future relationship on 24 December 2020, with its terms taking effect immediately after the transition period concluded on 31 December 2020. The UK’s participation in Creative Europe 2021-27, due to start in Spring 2021, was not included in this Agreement.
This will not affect projects funded under the current programme (which runs from 2014 - 2020) which will receive funding for their full duration under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement, including projects that continue after 1 January 2021.
On 25 November 2020 the UK Government confirmed that it will fund, from April 2021, the delivery of a new Global Screen Fund to support UK independent screen content compete in the international market and to help ensure the continued stability of the UK independent film sector as a whole. £7m funding was confirmed for the first pilot year. Further detail is to be announced.
There was no provision made for funding for a Creative Europe Culture sub-programme domestic alternative, but we are told the UK Government will continue to assess the needs of the sector. It is our understanding that financial constraints due to the global pandemic had a direct impact on decisions in the Spending Review. Since July, when the Cultural Recovery Fund was announced, £1.57bn has been made available by UK Government to support UK cultural organisations in response to the Covid-19 crisis.
Creative Europe Desk UK will continue to support the UK sectors to access the opportunities that exist between now and the end of the current programme. The UK Desk will close on 31 March 2021.
THE UK’S ACCESS TO THE CURRENT CREATIVE EUROPE PROGRAMME
Will my selected project continue to receive funding after 2020?
Yes. On 31 January 2020 the UK left the EU. As guaranteed by the Withdrawal Agreement, a legislative act passed by both UK and European Parliaments and ratified by the EU Commission and the UK Government, UK organisations can continue to apply for Creative Europe funding opportunities that are part of the current Creative Europe programme (2014 - 2020) and its budget.
Creative Europe contracts awarded during or prior to this implementation period will cover the entire duration of the project, including for projects that continue after 1 January 2021.
You can find all of the relevant reporting documents and guidance in the Beneficiaries Space on the EACEA website. To submit your report you will need your EU Login in order to access the reporting section of the Funding and Tenders Portal.
Are there still opportunities to engage with the current programme?
Yes. While operational, Creative Europe Desk UK can provide guidance on applications for the calls that are currently open as part of our usual advice, so get in touch. You can also sign up to our newsletter or follow us on Twitter for updates.
UK applicants will be eligible for the upcoming i-Portunus artist mobility call, due to be launched in December 2020, and limited other opportunities funded as part of the current programme. You can also read more about what Third Country participation may look like for Cooperation Projects in the new programme.
All deadlines for MEDIA sub-programme schemes for which UK companies were eligible have now passed and any future funding deadlines will fall under the new programme, for which the UK is not directly eligible.
UK films, however, are still eligible for awards made to European distributors and sales agents under the calls published as part of the 2014 - 2020 programme.
While the UK’s direct access to funding comes to an end this year, there are many international training courses and industry initiatives funded by the programme that will remain open to UK participants under the new programme from 2021 to 2027.
FURTHER GUIDANCE ON BREXIT AND THE TRANSITION PERIOD
- UK Goverment resources for DCMS sectors now that the UK has left the EU
- The EU Commission guidance in their article How will Brexit impact the Creative Europe programme?
- BFI updated an FAQ on Brexit and the end of the transition period
- Arts Council England have published a UK Transition Period Guide
KEY FACTS ABOUT CREATIVE EUROPE
- Since its launch in 2014 and until 2018, Creative Europe has awarded €89.5 million to 376 UK-based cultural and creative organisations and audiovisual companies, and helped distribute 190 UK films in other European countries
- Creative Europe’s benefits far exceed the monetary grant funding. Our report on the impacts of Creative Europe in the UK shows the programme’s powerful effect on building international networks, growing audiences, generating jobs and skills, and much more.
- The benefits of Creative Europe are also highlighted in the UK Parliament's inquiry report on Brexit and the creative industries.
- Participation in Creative Europe is not restricted to EU member states. There are currently 13 non-EU countries that have either partial or full participation. These include EEA countries such as Iceland and Norway as well as neighbouring countries such as Serbia and Albania. You can see the full list on the EACEA website. These countries must still comply with certain EU regulations and policies and pay a financial contribution in order to participate.
This notice is meant for guidance only.
Last updated: 4 December 2020
15 Jan 2021