European Commission

New call for EU Network of Creative Hubs and Co-working Spaces

Creative hubs have grown at remarkable pace in recent years and have become much more than just shared workspaces. Not only do creative hubs help to empower their members through collaboration and networking, but these environments inspire creation, innovation and the exchange of knowledge and talent, whilst offering valuable cultural exhibition and event space. These hubs play an important role at a local level, but they would also benefit from being more effectively connected to each other at a European level. 

As part of Creative Europe’s cross-sectoral strand, a new call for proposals has recently been published to support the creation and development of an EU-wide network of creative hubs and co-working spaces for cultural and creative professionals and entrepreneurs. This network will encourage trans-national and cross-sector cooperation among creative professionals, both online and offline. Furthermore, it will provide capacity-building to creative hub managers, creative professionals and entrepreneurs, and offer opportunities for peer learning and exchange of skills and experiences through activities such as training, conferences, seminars, a digital network or platform, social media and networking. 

Full details are outlined in the guidelines and other documents on the European Commission website. The total budget, estimated at €1 million, will be allocated to one single project and this grant will cover up to 80% of eligible costs over 24 months, with at least 20% of the total eligible costs being financed from other sources. Eligible applicants must be a public or private organisation (a single entity or a consortium) active in the cultural and creative sectors, with registered legal office in one of the countries participating in Creative Europe.  

The deadline for applications is on 10 September 2015.