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The UK's Participation in Creative Europe


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 January 2021. 

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. 

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.


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 Desk UK will continue to make clear for which opportunities the UK applicants are eligible, so please get in touch if you need further guidance.

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.

As the UK's status as a participating eligible country during this period is unchanged, non UK applicants can include UK films in their applications to Creative Europe's MEDIA sub-programme.

The UK-specific clause introduced into the programme guidelines in 2017 should be interpreted as the agreement having been reached and therefore the beneficiaries do not need to be concerned about their funding being stopped.

This settlement brings much needed clarity for the status of UK organisations both as leads and partners in applications to Creative Europe.

The UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has advised that this means: 

  • Under the Withdrawal Agreement negotiated with the EU, the UK will continue to participate in programmes funded under the current 2014-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) until their closure. 
  • UK entities can continue to bid for new grant funding under the current MFF.

The EU Commission had published guidance in their article 'How will Brexit impact the Creative Europe programme?

Our advice for UK lead and partner organisations and other European partners is to continue applications for the forthcoming Creative Europe calls. A list of available funding opportunities can be found on the deadlines page of our website.

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.


  • 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: 2 March 2020