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Creative Europe


Creative Europe

Creative Europe is the European Commission’s framework programme for support to the culture and audiovisual sectors. The budget for 2021-2027 is €1.46 billion.

Eligibility of OCTs

Persons and entities established in OCTs are eligible for funding like any other EU Member State. 

Key facts of the programme

There are three subprogrammes in the Creative Europe programme:  

  • Culture: helps cultural and creative organisations to operate transnationally and promotes the cross-border circulation of works of culture and the mobility of cultural players. The supported activities aim to enable cultural and creative players to work internationally.  
    • Horizontal actions: cooperation projects, networks, platforms, mobility for artists and cultural professionals, and policy development. 
    • Sectoral support: support for music, publishing, cultural heritage and architecture as well as other sectors.  
    • Special actions: EU cultural prizes, European Capitals of Culture, European Heritage Label, support for young high-quality artists, and broad citizens’ service outreach. 
  • Media: It helps to launch and distribute projects with a European dimension and international potential to travel beyond national and European borders.  
    • Content: Encouraging collaboration and innovation in the creation and production of high quality works. 
    • Business: Promoting business innovation, competitiveness, scalability and talents to strengthen Europe’s industry vis-à-vis global competitors.  
    • Audience: Strengthening the accessibility and visibility of works for their potential audiences through distribution channels and audience development.  
    • Policy: Supporting policy discussion/exchange fora, studies, and reports. Promoting awareness-raising activities.  


  • Cross-sector: A cross-sectoral strand, including a Guarantee Facility and transnational policy cooperation. 
    • Transnational policy cooperation: promoting knowledge of the programme and supporting the transferability of results. 
    • Creative Innovation Labs: promoting innovative approaches to content creation, access, distribution and promotion across cultural and creative sectors.  
    • News media: supporting media literacy, quality journalism and media freedom and pluralism. 

Relevance of programme for OCTs

Creative Europe can provide opportunities to support the creation of cultural works from a European approach, via the promotion of European collaboration, contributing to the sustainable growth, jobs and social aspects of the cultural and audiovisual sectors.  

How is the programme managed ?

The programme is managed at European level by the European Education and Culture Executive Agency.

Information on ongoing and upcoming calls: Funding & Tender portal